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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Extra Book - The Testaments

Book: The Testaments
Author: Margaret Atwood
Pages: 432

This is my 128th read for the year.  

I was anxious to read this one, so I broke my own (set) rule of reading only 25 pages a night, and read late into the night to get it finished over a few days.

This book takes place 15 years in the future after The Handmaid's Tale.  Gilead still has a grip on its society, but the inner circle is begining to crack.

The book covers several women - an Aunt who is trying to change the course of history, a young girl who grew up outside of Gilead and will soon be used as a pawn to bring it down; and a young girl who grew up inside Gilead but decided to change her fate when she chose not to marry the Commander assigned to her, and instead became an Aunt.

These three women, along with others who are working in an undercover group called Mayday, are determined to bring Gilead to its end.  But their success is fragile.  The women need to decide how far they will go to change things.

I liked this book.  Better than I thought I would.  I think what I liked about it was that 1) it took place quite a bit into the future - not right after Handmaid's Tale ended.  2) it wasn't like the TV show (which I haven't loved).  3) That women who were part of this world decided it was time to fight for change.

I am glad I read it.  Is it top literature?  No.  But I really hadn't liked the Handmaid's Tale (more on the fact that the content disturbed me and with today's political climate - made me nervous), so this was a better "end" to what I am assuming is this book series.

Stars: 4

1 comment:

  1. Great review, I am so glad you enjoyed the book (more than you expected is a nice bonus, too). I preordered a copy of the book but I don't know that I will read it any time soon because I just don't have the stomach right now for dystopias so close to where we are at now.