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“The Testaments” by Margaret Atwood

“The Testaments” by Margaret Atwood is a highly anticipated sequel to the classic novel “The Handmaid’s Tale”. Atwood’s sequel is a thrilling and shocking story of the truth behind the Gilead Empire and its secrets.

Plot Summary

Atwood picks up the story of Gilead fifteen years after the events of “The Handmaid’s Tale”. The story follows three female narrators – Aunt Lydia, Agnes, and Daisy – as they navigate their lives in different parts of Gilead.

Through their experiences, readers get a glimpse into the true horrors of this dystopian society. As each character uncovers secrets and risks everything to help each other, they come to understand what it takes to survive and fight for freedom in Gilead.


The characters in The Testaments are compelling and complex. Aunt Lydia is a mysterious figure who has survived in Gilead for years by playing an important role in its oppressive regime. Her experiences make her an interesting character that readers can sympathize with despite her questionable morality.

Agnes is a naive young girl living in Canada who has grown up with no memory of Gilead due to her parents’ escape from it when she was born. She has to learn how to survive as she discovers more about her true identity within Gilead.

Daisy is a rebellious teenager living in the United States who has grown up believing that she is just another American teenager, unaware of her true identity within Gilead until she meets other survivors from there who open her eyes to the truth. These characters are all smartly written and provide an interesting perspective on life within the oppressive regime of Gilead.

Writing Style

Atwood’s writing style is captivating and thought-provoking. She expertly weaves together these three disparate voices into one gripping narrative that manages to be both poignant and thrilling at once.

Her use of metaphors, symbolism, and imagery throughout The Testaments enriches readers’ understanding of this fictional world while also making them think deeply about our own world today.


With its powerful characters, gripping plot twists, and thought-provoking writing style, Margaret Atwood’s “The Testaments” is sure to become another classic alongside “The Handmaid’s Tale”.

It will leave readers eagerly awaiting what Atwood will write next as they ponder deeper themes such as freedom, justice, power, oppression, and gender roles within our own society today.

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