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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

I couldn't help myself with this one. Atwood has many reviews of this book but I enjoyed this so much I felt I had to express it.

More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.

Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third: Aunt Lydia. Her complex past and uncertain future unfold in surprising and pivotal ways.

With The Testaments, Margaret Atwood opens up the innermost workings of Gilead, as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.

My Review

4.5 / 5

I reread the handmaid's tale before I read this book. I had heard so many good things from so many different sources that I had to read this story. It wasn't quite what I had expected but that was most certainly not a bad thing.

I had initially thought we would be revisiting Offred and what had happened since the last book but this is not the case. I was a bit disappointed at first and this is the only reason I haven't rated this book as a 5. Atwood looks at the fall of this dystopian society and follows on several years after the first book.

We follow three female characters with three different lives and perspectives. I enjoyed learning about these characters and what they have been through. The Testaments gives a more all round picture to the society.

I found the books disturbing at parts but this is what makes the story truly magnificent. The very notion that we could live in such is a society is terrifying.

I won't go into too much detail because I don't want to give anything away. If you loved the handmaid's tale then go out and buy this book because you will love it.

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