“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 voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets.
As Atwood unfolds The Testaments, she 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.”
This book was a first for me. It was the first book I have ever pre-ordered on my own. There were times that my mother pre-ordered books for me when I was a teen, but never by my urging. When I saw that this was an option, I put in my order immediately. I had a count down going. I received the book early. I started reading it days later, because of life and I have a book addiction.
This book did not disappoint. Not only did it answer so many questions I had about Gilead, it also stood on its own merits as a story. The first book left me with so many questions. I wanted to know how Gilead was really founded and how the Aunts functioned. This book gave such an in-depth look at how the world worked, I was in awe.
There were three narrators. They each told their story in this interweaving plot. First was Aunt Lydia. Yes, that Aunt Lydia. The Aunt that inspired so much fear in the first book. The Aunt that haunted my dreams when I first met her. There was was Agnes. She was a girl raised in Gilead. She was a regular child of the higher class, she had three Marthas after all. This was really an interesting world to be in. There was so much I learned about the Wives and about the class system. Offred was not able to give these details as she was hidden away from so much of it being a Handmaid. Then there was Daisy. She is a Canadian girl. Her school taught of how terrible Gilead is, but she didn’t know the extent of it. There was so much censored out, either by the school itself or from lack of knowledge due to Gilead’s treacherous nature.
Have you ever read a book and wanted more, but were satisfied with what you got? That was me with the first book. It is one of my favorite books. Now imagine, that every question you had was answered and then more were opened up when you weren’t ever expecting to have answers. That is this book. It is a magical feeling to really have more of a grasp on this world that has fascinated me for so long.
I adored this book and I devoured it once I finally let myself read more than a few chapters at night. It was impossible to put down. It was worth the wait, but again I have only been waiting for about a decade. Others have waited much longer than I have for this book.
Also, look at that cover. It took me until today to realize that no matter which side of the book you were looking at, you saw both girls. I am still grumpy that the Canadian edition has the really cool cross stitch decorations inside the covers. I would have stitched that up real quick.
5 out of 5 stars. I would recommend this book.
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