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Book Review: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood


Published: 2019 by Chatto and Windus
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 432 Pages
Source: Own
My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Hi Readers

The top secret build-up to the release of this book meant that everybody was excited, but we didn’t really know what for. We knew it would be a sequel and would pick up fifteen years after The Handmaids Tale left off. 

Some say it’s long awaited, some say it’s unneccesary. After having read the book I’m a bit sad to say I’m indifferent. 

This is a much more direct sequel than I thought it was going to be. We follow three POV’s of women living in (or around) the Republic of Gilead. All of them have some sort of connection with The Handmaids Tale. 

Something that became immediately obvious to me is that it would have benefited this book to have come out before the TV Show. Both are continuations of The Handmaids Tale and the two stories got confused in my mind. I also started comparing them.

It’s a very different style to The Handmaids Tale. There’s less world-building seeing as we’re already familiar with Gilead. That leaves a lot more room for action and actual plot. It’s almost YA at times.

In the end though, I just feel so indifferent about it. There’s nothing in this that I felt like ‘yes, this needed to be said’.  There’s twists and turns that fell flat and I found some plot points a little unbelievable. 

Overall this doesn’t live up to the standards of The Handmaids Tale but if you’re interested in revisiting Gilead this certainly isn’t a bad way of doing it.

Thanks for reading, 
Jess X


5 thoughts on “Book Review: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

  1. Oh dear… I have to say that I decided not to get this one, given how deeply I was moved by The Handmaid’s Tale longer ago than I care to think. I was worried in case it fell flat and that impacted on my enjoyment of the original. Thank you for sharing your experience – and I’m sorry that you found it so underwhelming.

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