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Book Bites: The Testaments

Since I devour books, I decided to call this series “Book Bites”…little book reports on yummy books!

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood is the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. Now, I LOVED The Handmaid’s Tale. I didn’t love The Testaments quite as much. In fact, if you ask me for a recommendation on whether or not to read this book, I would say no.

I got this book at NY ComicCon in October, and I just finished it this month (March). I’d pick it up, read a few pages, and put it back down. It just didn’t keep my interest, and I felt like I had to slog through it. I kept reading hoping that I would be drawn in at some point, but that didn’t happen.


The book takes place about fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale. The icky regime of the Republic of Gilead is still in power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge to take it down. Two of the women 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 (we know her from The Handmaid’s Tale). 

I thought Aunt Lydia’s accounts were the most interesting parts of the novel. And, I guess that’s about all I have to say about it 🙂

If you’d like to give it a read, you can get a copy here: