The Testaments - Margaret Atwood

The Testaments

By Margaret Atwood

  • Release Date: 2019-09-10
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 2,378 Ratings)





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: Aunt Lydia.  Her complex past and uncertain future unfold in surprising and pivotal ways.
With The Testaments, Margaret Atwood 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.

The Testaments is a modern masterpiece, a powerful novel that can be read on its own or as a companion to Margaret Atwood’s classic, The Handmaid’s Tale.


  • It was ok.

    By Wanda's hair
    I honestly love the story of June and her daughters. I am captivated by the depth of the world created through the books and the tv show. This book, however, seems to have been an emotional response by Margaret Atwood to gain back control of her characters. The story is a bit disjointed and attempts to cover this up results in the multiple narrators and ultimately coved up by the “ way in the future end. ” If I were in the position of having an opinion, I would have said it needs to be rewritten. The book is poorly edited and feels heavy-handed. My recommendation is to read this book just to know the cannon of the story and look past the second rate writing.
  • Slow at first then picks up

    By Allen Family Fun
    It took me many months to get through the first quarter of the book but once the book got very good I could not put down. Rated w one star missing due to the slowness at first. This book would be a great end to the Handmaids series on Hulu....
  • The Testaments

    By Claudette B
    Amazing writing! Inspiring!
  • Fantastic

    By breannasheldon
    Riveting, page turner, amazing!!! I was truly upset when I finished this book because I didn’t want the story to end.
  • To Margaret Atwood

    By Scottygrrl32
    Thank you for answering the questions we have all had for years about the fall of Gilead and the fate of the original Handmaid not answered in the end of the first book. I almost wish it had taken you two books to wrap things up as neatly, surprisingly, and wonderfully as you did. Thank you for another great and thought provoking read!
  • More please

    By Matt-C182
    This is an excellent book which helps flesh out some of the more visible parts of Gileadan society from the original book and in the also excellent TV series. But there is so much more to Gilead and its universe that could be examined and used as a mirror or warning to our world. Imagine books describing the lives of the Econofamilies, the events that led to the Colonies and their subsequent cleanup efforts, the foreign relations and trade of Gilead with its neighbors, or the geopolitcs of the world that Gilead exists in and appears to be at war with. This book really just whetted my appetite for more books from the original author and I really hope that she continues this chilling examination of a deeply flawed but entirely believable fictional theocracy.
  • Great Book

    By Gramafkof7
    Really enjoyed reading this answered some questions left hanging from previous book. Altho wish there had been more information on “the baby daddies”.
  • Excellent read

    By Tammy Corley
    Loved it!
  • 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.