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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
The Testaments

From Goodreads:

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.

I posted this with Blythe, aka the character of mine most likely to dig living in Gilead #yolo

Essentially, this is a "sequel" to The Handmaid's Tale, but follows three new narrators—Offred is altogether absent, having stepped "up, into the darkness within, or else the light" and out of the spotlight. Note that it is their voices that are new; we may have seen some of them before! Ostensibly, it takes place 15 years after the first novel, but I ALWAYS spot inconsistencies—which I'll note when I get into my actual thoughts.

Though no knowledge of the TV show is required, both Agnes and Baby Nichole will be better understood by those who have seen the second season.

General Questions:
— Atwood stated that "...Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in." In what ways do you see our world represented in Gilead, and how does that make you feel?
— The novel itself: necessary, nice, or a cash cow, given the success of the TV show?
— Which narrator resonated the most with you? The least?

Spoilery Questions: (Wait 'til you've finished reading!)

This is a discussion thread for people who have read or are reading the book in question. With that in mind, there are likely to be spoilers throughout. However, in the event of major twists or “how it ends”, please wrap content in spoiler tags.

Please note that information from The Handmaid's Tale (book & season one of the TV show) may go untagged—reader beware!

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