Gilead lives.  Margaret Atwood has announced that she’ll be publishing a sequel to her 1985 dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale.  The new book is entitled The Testaments.  

According to EW and Atwood’s Twitter feed, the sequel will pick up 15 years after The Handmaid’s Tale ends.  It’s narrated by three women, rather than one.  And, though Atwood makes clear that the current Hulu series inspired by her book has, in turn, inspired the sequel; the second book will follow the first book and not the series.  

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That means that we will pick up 15 years after Offred is taken away by the eyes… or 15 years from the epilogue where there is reference to the recording of her experiences in a safe house in Maine.  Either way, it will be interesting to see what Atwood has in store for readers!  Our theory is that Offred will not play a part in the sequel, especially because we are following her story on TV for at least one more season.  But, we shall see. 

The Testaments will be on bookshelves in September, 2019.  So, hold on tight and take heart.  More will come.  Under his eye. 



Jenny Flack
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