The Testaments - Margaret Atwood

Fifteen years after the van door slammed shut on Offred we return to the world of Gilead through the eyes of three female narrators on the verge of a revolution. There are forces behind the scenes that are determined to free all enslaved under the Gilead regime and there is a secret weapon that will rip it apart.


I pre-ordered this before it's publication in September 2019 and it took me until June 2021 to actually read it (yes, I'm exceptionally behind with my reviews), and that was only because it was available in audio format from my library, which I listened to whilst working. It wasn't because my interest diminished, I was just worried that a long-awaited sequel would ruin the view of one of my favourite books. Turns out, I needn't have worried! The Testaments was an exceptional piece of writing that explored the depths of inner turmoil and strength to stand up for others. I loved following different points of view in this, compared to the singular one with Offred. I especially enjoyed following Aunt Lydia's journey as she was such a hard character in the first book, it was refreshing for Atwood to give her a new lease of life in The Testaments.


There was a lot of focus on the characters but the plot was extremely enjoyable as well. There wasn't a moment when I didn't feel engaged and interested in how it was developing, I was constantly guessing what the next revelation would be and it was never a disappointing one, although they sometimes were a bit obvious. Nothing screams feminist anger like an Atwood novel, but she has definitely developed her ability to write emotional and heartfelt scenes. Melanie and Neil were brilliant characters and the connection Atwood created was beyond compare.


I would teeter on the edge of saying I preferred this over The Handmaid's Tale, I felt more involved and as if I had a bigger picture of the world as a whole in this novel.


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