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The Testaments

The Testaments

Large Print - 2019
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"In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades. When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of The Handmaid's Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her--freedom, prison or death. With The Testaments, the wait is over. Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story more than fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead."--provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, [2019]
Edition: First large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780593149096
Characteristics: xii, 562 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
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Additional Contributors: Atwood, Margaret 1939- Handmaid's tale


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Excelsior Book Club March 2020 alternate selection for those that have read "The Handmaid's Tale."

The Testaments is a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, set 15 years after the events of the first novel. The story shifts narration between three women as they describe the events that led to the eventual downfall of the totalitarian theocracy of Gilead.

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Apr 30, 2021

I read this book using my favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR reading challenge. of course i always use the prompt. read the next book in a series. i was both pleased and upset by this book. 1) i was pleased because it is an awesome story, well written and highly entertaining. 2) i was upset because i was looking forward to find out what happened to the characters in the first book the handmaids tale. it does not do that. they are seemingly not related except for location. each could be read as a stand alone. both books end rather abruptly and leave you slightly unsatisfied.

Apr 21, 2021

I enjoyed this book more than The Handmaids Tale. Considering it's the sequel, I expected a continuation of The Handmaids Tale but was pleasantly surprised with the book. Though I must say the writing style is still not my favourite and it was even more confusing in this book. If you enjoyed The Handmaids Tale this book is for you as it goes beyond the story of a single handmaid. What I liked about this story is the thickening of the plot, the anticipation, and the way everything came together at the end. This story would have earned 5 stars if it weren't for the 1st person style of writing. The takeaway of the book is that there are multiple sides to every story which I find interesting because it gives off a different message than the first book. 4/5 stars
@beachreader of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Being the most awaited book of the year, it's not easy. I can say that most-including my own-negative reactions are primarily based on expectations. The Handmaid's Tale has been a holy ground in the literary world since its publication in 1985, a true modern classic further intensified by the popular show and current political tensions. There couldn't be greater stakes for a sequel, and even for the ever-talented Margaret Atwood, that's a tough performance to deliver. All in all, this is a well-written tale of adventure that extends the creation of the world implied and alluded to by the original. But it's dull as well, mostly unsurprising, and basically feels like a chance to cash in. I despised all the young characters; more specifically. Some 67 percent of the book is narrated by young people. A Middle Grade narrative voice that is jarring and undesired is generated by their lack of maturity. Not inherently unrealistic, just distracting. For pages and pages, their kiddish thoughts go on … Final rating:2/5
@Barcelonafan1 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Mar 28, 2021

Written in 2019, the long overdue sequel to *The Handmaid's Tale* sadly reads like one of those bland and boring teenage feminist young adult dystopia novels. The writing isn't terrible; however, the elder Atwood, now into her eighties, painfully struggles to capture a modern teenage girl's point of view. Where *The Handmaid's Tale* is skillful and subtle, *The Testaments* is blunt and derivative. Is this a bad book? Not at all! Still, it doesn't read like a worthy successor to the excellent *The Handmaid's Tale.*

JCLAmyF Mar 23, 2021

This book did not disappoint in being a sequel to one of my favorite books, The Handmaid's Tale. I can't wait for the next season of the show!

Mar 06, 2021

This book was such a disappointment. It was written to be made into a movie, it seems to me. There is little to none of the depth and subtlety found in The Handmaid’s tale, its predecessor. This is a shallow, plot driven novel. Even the characters, that were so finely and tensely wrought in The Handmaid’s Tale, are dime-store-novella predictable and shallow. Very disappointing. But I am sure it will be a big success as a movie.

Dec 30, 2020

The Testaments did not have the same power as the Handmaid’s Tale but it was still worth the read. A nice conclusion to the series.

Dec 20, 2020

I’m glad I read THE TESTAMENTS, author Margaret Atwood’s sequel to her dystopian classic, THE HANDMAID’S TALE, and the first half kept my attention. Atwood does a good job developing the 3 main characters and transitioning between their storylines. But ultimately, this book doesn't have the staying powering for me as the original novel or the tv series.

Sep 03, 2020

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Aug 10, 2020

Very well organized; well (but not very well) written; often juvenile; and not particularly imaginative; nearly popular detective thriller.

Jul 31, 2020

An interesting way to close and tie up most of the loose ends of the original story. By explaining that some records were destroyed or lost, all things cannot be answered but enough is revealed that the reader feels there was a fairly complete story. Something like this can happen when not enough people stand up to protect individual rights by a small group.

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Dec 20, 2020

“As they say, history does not repeat itself, but it rhymes.” - p.407

Dec 20, 2020

“Once a story you’ve regarded as true has turned false, you begin suspecting all stories.” - p.307

Dec 20, 2020

“You don’t believe the sky is falling until a chunk of it falls on you.” - p. 66

Apr 09, 2020

"Astonishing," I exclaimed. "Not for nothing do we at Ardua Hall say 'Pen Is Envy.'"

Oct 02, 2019

"There were swings in one of the parks, but because of our skirts, which might be blown up by the wind and then looked into, we were not to think of taking such a liberty as a swing. Only boys could taste that freedom; only they could swoop and soar; only they could be airborne. I've never been on a swing. It remains one of my wishes." Part II - Chapter 3 - pg.16


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