Atwood’s Testaments tells the story of three narrators who lived under the regime of Gilead in the United States. In this second volume, Offred, once a handmaid, is now a stable wife with a child. All she has to look forward to is pain and fear–at least until Ofglen escapes from her captors and with her freedom brings others into danger, setting Offred on a journey that will take them deeper into the heart of darkness than ever before.
Canada shortly. It is a country where women are forced into domestic servitude and reproductive slavery. A new class of citizens has emerged: women known as “handmaids” whose sole purpose is to procreate for a small caste of religious fanatics. The book begins with Offred’s story. In the epilogue, we follow the testaments of three young girls who see Gilead through fresh eyes.
Fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, Canada has become the Republic of Gilead. Women are at the center of a terrifying new political system―where fertility is worshiped, and women’s bodies are used as a source of sacred vessels. As Offred navigates between this world and past memories of her own daughter in Moira’s homemade recordings, we discover exactly what happened to fertile women who missed their monthly chance at conception (and what happened to those who were dishonest about their cycles).
Left for dead, Offred awakes to find herself in an unfamiliar home, with no memory of how she got there or why. Looking out the window, she cannot see freedom; only more walls and a barren landscape stretching beyond. But the walls do not hold out forever. As the former handmaid sets out on a journey of survival, revenge and self-discovery, her strength and love of life are tested – as is Gilead’s control over its people.
About The Testaments Book
When the van door slammed on Offred’s future at the end of The Handmaid’s Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her–freedom, prison or death.
With The Testaments, the wait is over.
Margaret Atwood’s sequel picks up the story more than fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.
In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tormented readers for decades.
“Dear Readers: 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.” –Margaret Atwood
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