The Testaments - Margaret Atwood

The Testaments

By Margaret Atwood

  • Release Date: 2019-09-10
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 1,053 Ratings




Margaret Atwood's dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid's Tale, has become a modern classic—and now she brings the iconic story to a dramatic conclusion in this riveting sequel.

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.


  • An unnecessary sequel

    By Restatemom
    Very disappointing. Reads like a YA novel and has nothing more to say about this dystopian society. A totally unnecessary sequel to a great book.
  • Riveting

    By Moesr
    I delayed reading this thinking it would be a disappointing follow-up to The Handmaiden’s Tale. Was I wrong! I couldn’t put it down and am thrilled to find out the real ending to the former book.
  • I loved the book and hope it stays fiction

    By #%^*_
    I loved the book and read it non stop. While I hope this book is simply a good story, a cultural warning, and not a forecast of our future in the USA. Tonight I’ll pray that our country will not submit itself to the whims of radicalized evangelicals lurking in government and who hope for this horrible world simply to get their way. They are a horror story in America. I’ll pray for our democracy survives this period that treats all its people with respect and a deeper commitment to our constitution and institutions to prevent this type of thing from ever leaping from these pages to a cold dead end of unvarnished greed, pogroms and persecution from evangelicals and their cults to harm innocent Americans.
  • Lightning Strikes Twice

    By LiteratePen
    Margaret Atwood has written an evocative, worthy sequel to the original “Handmaids Tale” that brings the story of Gilead to a satisfying end and serves as a poignant reminder that fiction can become fact if society isn’t vigilant of what can happen under our own noses. The character development is superb and answers many questions simmering in the minds of “Handmaid” readers about the rise of both Gilead and certain enigmatic players on the stage Atwood so brilliantly sets. Enjoy and savor the fruits of her literary labours!
  • Wonderful read!

    By KimlovesAandHsofrakkinmuch
    I enjoyed this more than the first book, The Handmaid’s Tale.
  • Exceptional Storytelling

    By JackLCII
    I used to hate reading. In some ways I still do, whether it be text books, articles, etc. I was amazed at how captivating this book was, both from watching the Hulu series and from what I have originally heard about The Handmaids Tale. I read this book in less than one day. I have never truly read a book that fast before in my life. I’m so grateful to the author for continuing this brave story of the survivors of Gilead.
  • Counted days til the release and WASNT DISAPPOINTED!! This book shows UP!

    By kaykaybean13
    Book 2 from Margaret Atwood’s captivating book The Handmaid Tale. There’s not a writer alive who matches her ability to write outrageously absurd situations yet makes them ENTIRELY believable. So believable you envision your reality quickly turning to the chaotic destructive hell on Earth she graphically and masterfully depicts in these novels. PLEASE PLEASE WRITE #3. I just didn’t and don’t want this story, the characters or the Gilead reign and aftermath to END!
  • Good

    By Unpridictable pet
    My Grandma is a very wonderful and determined woman. IDK how she does it how she has completed so many books; She has a wonderful gift. Love you Grandma...
  • Finally

    By Katie Hughes1
    Gilead brings about endless questions for me. It is so interesting, yet disturbing, but also mesmerizing. I think an entire collection could be written on its uprising, inner workings, biographies, downfall, etc. and I would read them all. Aunt Lydia is a brilliant character in The Testaments. I cannot say that I saw it coming either. However, it is disappointing to read so very little about June & Luke. Nothing of Moira, Emily, Janine, or The Waterford’s. I could never get enough of the beloved Gilead story, regardless, this book is still a masterpiece.
  • A beautiful catharsis to The Handmaid’s Tale

    By Caffeinated24x7
    A wonderful conclusion to The Handmaid’s Tale. Once I started to read, I could not put it down. Set nine years ahead of Season Three of the show on Hulu, it answered so many questions I had. An in-depth look from a child growing up in Gilead until it’s fall from the totalitarianism regime satisfied my desire for catharsis. Thank you Margaret Atwood! A beautiful, brilliant and emotionally moving read.