The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

January 6, 2023

"Right now I still have some choice in the matter. Not whether to die, but when and how. Isn't tht freedom of a sort?"

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood Details

Title: The Testaments
Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
Intended Audience: Adult
Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller
Mood: Suspenseful, Political
Pages: 442

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The Testaments Plot Summary

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood is the well-written and highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale


Offred was thrown into the back of a van without any indication or explanation of her future, and we were left wondering what would happen. Would she be executed, or would she eventually escape? But don’t fret; the anticipated wait is over!


Fifteen years after the story of Offred, we are given a glimpse into not only her future but also the future of her two daughters in Gilead and Canada.


Written from the perspectives of three women, two in Gilead and one in Canada, The Testaments will leave you guessing, questioning, and hanging onto your seat throughout the book.


Aunt Lydia is a crucial part in The Testaments, and reader beware: Your feelings for her may shift slightly from The Handmaid’s Tale. With years worth of evidence against Gilead, Aunt Lydia plans her revenge against Gilead. But will she succeed? Only Atwood can tell us!

The Testaments Review

I can’t stand when books leave with a cliffhanger because a complete story leaves a lasting impression. So when The Handmaid’s Tale left us wonderingI admittedly had a sour taste from the ending. How could we not know the future of Offred and Gilead? What would happen to her daughters, her husband, and Nick? Well, friend, the wait is over!


Margaret Atwood was a literary genius with The Testaments. Though it reads differently from The Handmaid’s Tale and, when compared, falls short with both its visual depictions and sense of suspense, The Testaments was still a great conclusion to the overall brilliantly written story of Gilead. 


Atwood wrote The Testaments alongside producers of the current series, The Handmaids Tale. There are plans for a spinoff based on The Testaments, and I’m highly anticipating this! With this in mind, Atwood wrote the book for a screenplay, which was clear, based on some of the predictable events and the way it read.


Though predictable in some areas, The Testaments is still worth every bit of a five-star review, and if you have ever read or seen The Handmaid’s Tale, this is a recommended read for you!

The Testaments Final Thoughts

If you watched or read The Handmaid’s Tale, I strongly recommend you read this book. It has a different feel than HMT, but is a perfect ending to an otherwise terrifying story.


I’m a margarita-mixing, kitten-rescuing, plant-hoarding, pumpkin-spice-everything-obsessed, homeschooling book lover. You can pretty much always find me in my favorite chair, under my cozy knit blanket, with a good book.


2023 Reading Challenge

2023 Reading Challenge
Amity has read 46 books toward their goal of 100 books.



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