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The Testaments
The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the question that has tantalized readers for decades: What happens to Offred? 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 herfreedom, prison or death. With The Testaments, the wait is over. Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead. "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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Rachel.Rencher
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@Lucas.Rencher started doing turn down service recently, so this is what I see when I come to bed. He's so extra you guys, it's the best. 😍📚🍫

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Leftcoastzen Nice! 3h
BarbaraJean 😍💜📚💜😍 3h
GripLitGrl That's great!❤ 3h
GingerAntics What a keeper!!! 2h
Catsandbooks Omg I love this! My hubby needs to step up his game 😂 1h
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GripLitGrl
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Atwood wrote the book exactly as she promised her fans. Praise Be! 💚
Wonderful characters you‘ll love & love to hate it‘s Gilead after all. We get to see the inner workings on how marriage is arranged. History of the aunts, the inner politics of Gilead. What school is like for teen girls. Imagine growing up in Gilead. Check out my full spoiler free review: https://griplitgrl.wordpress.com/2019/09/17/the-testaments-by-margaret-atwood/?p...

Trashcanman That's a nice picture 4h
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Scochrane26
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1. I‘ve been wanting to finish A Million Junes for 2 nights, but I‘m afraid I‘ll stay up too late. I have about 150 pages left & can tell I‘m not going to want to put it down. Last night I had a headache, tonight got home late.
2. This hold said 1 wk earlier today,& I realized I may get it at same time Wayward Son comes out next week, then I‘ll have to put off reading WS (I bought it).
3. Glad I have the problem of too many great books to read.

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ephemeralwaltz
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By now you all know that an unknown bookshop displayed The Testaments by Atwood with "Booker Prize Winner" stickers a couple of days ago, when the prize winner is yet to be announced (mid-october)
I'm just sitting here, still wondering, how does this even happen though?! ?

mcctrish They are very hopeful 😆 8h
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anissaannalise
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I'm torn. Aunt Lydia saved it form me. It may be a better read for devotees of the television series. If your thing is all about Offred's children & their fate, this is all in your wheelhouse. Praise be! Alas, I'll continue wondering how exactly Gilead fell & what social reckoning followed.

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anissaannalise
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"Aunt Vidala said that best friends led to whispering and plotting and keeping secrets, and plotting and secrets led to disobedience to God, and disobedience led to rebellion, and girls who were rebellious became women who were tebellious, and a rebellious woman was even worse than a rebellious man because rebellious men became traitors, but rebellious women became adulteresses.#

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sophierayton
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The Testaments is an extremely satisfying sequel.

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JenReadsAlot
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Excited about this library pick up! Frankie's backside too!

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KellyHerself
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Returning to Gilead. #NowReading

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ThalassaLuna
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Just got these in a book swap and OMG I AM SO EXCITED. Been meaning to read THT for a while now and I'm stoked to have it now AND Testaments!

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Anna40
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I couldn't resist, I bought it today

Graciouswarriorprincess It's so good! Happy reading! 14h
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charl08
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Lots of people returning to Gilead...

marleed Yeah! 12h
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Mitch
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I started reading this with one eye closed - tense, worried it would disappoint! When your literary idol returns to a world that influenced you so greatly as a teenager - there's a certain amount of nervousness! By the end of page 1 - both eyes were open and I buckled in for the ride! It's a fast paced thriller, faithful to the world she created 30+ years ago.

Smrloomis I was also hesitating for the same reasons but your review convinced me! 📚📚📚 16h
Amiable Great review! 15h
Aaronlisa I quite liked it myself. I just had a hard time with Daisy and her parts at times. I think that was the only reason why I gave it a so-so rating here on Litsy. And it is certainly fast-paced. 15h
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Mitch @Amiable Thank you - its a book you can't say much about without risking spoilers! 14h
Mitch @Smrloomis It cant be a powerful as the first book - because I'm not that person now...but it definitely didn't disappoint! 14h
Mitch @Aaronlisa I wanted to read it slowly - but that proved almost impossible! 14h
Zoes_Human @Mitch Same here. I blew through all 420 pages in a day and a half. The first day, I read into the night until my face hurt and my eyes could no longer focus. 7h
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walterdel
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i loved it

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KarenUK
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For me, The Handmaids tale is a masterpiece, yet expecting the same from its sequel would only disappoint. This is a very different book. It‘s a page-turning adventure from 3 POVs (2 young women and the familiar Aunt Lydia), replacing Offred‘s inner monologue. I couldn‘t put it down, but I‘m not sure the 2 teen girls were strong enough protagonists. Yet I found Aunt Lydia‘s account soooo compelling. A mixed bag of feelings, but still a good read.

Cinfhen Great review 18h
britt_brooke Completely agree! 17h
IndoorDame I felt the same way! 14h
BookwormM Agreed would have preferred “unknown” narrators for everyone other than Aunt Lydia 14h
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Howseldomtheydo
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Loving the tagged book so far! On track to meet my goal 🤞#goodreads #readingchallenge

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AmyG
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I just started this last night.....and am enjoying it. But then I barely remember The Handmaid‘s Tale as I read that when it first came out.

Jas16 I reread Handmaid‘s Tale over the weekend since i don‘t think I had read it since high school. I was amazed by how much I had forgotten as well as how much I had remembered. 18h
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Soubhiville
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Early morning reading snuggles with Froedrick. 📚💚
#CatsOfLitsy #PetsOfLitsy #Froedrick

AmyG Awwww ❤️ (I just started this book. So far, so good) (edited) 20h
JoScho I want to play with that boy‘s chest skin. I know that sounds weird but Mills is the softest there. 20h
Soubhiville @JoScho he would love that. He feels sort of like suede all over, even though he only has peach fuzz on his nose and is otherwise naked. He‘s softer than my Chinese Crested was. 19h
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Soubhiville @AmyG I‘m about 1/2 way in. It didn‘t really grab me until about page 100, but now it‘s got its hooks fully sunk and I just want to binge the rest! 19h
Molly_the_mezzo What a beautiful boy! And just a fantastic book! 19h
michellelav Oh my! What a precious boy ❤ He's so cute!! 17h
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BeccawithaBook
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I‘m so excited to listen!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Cweeeevs
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Excuse the terrible photo, but it's 6:30am and I'm barely awake... 🤣 about to head on holidays and I can't wait to get stuck into this! The excerpt on NPR had me intrigued from the get-go: https://www.npr.org/2019/09/04/754859270/first-read-hear-margaret-atwood-tell-th...

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Karisa
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Sooo good! The perfect sequel. Maybe the only criticism is that it gives us fans pretty much everything we'd want. I'm not complaining! I loved it!

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Twocougs
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I wasn‘t sure what to expect from this novel.I love Margaret Atwood, adored The Handmaid‘s Tale & was slightly terrified this would fall flat.I shouldn‘t have worried &trusted Atwood. Nine months ago I ordered a signed copy (coming from Blackwell‘s) but couldn‘t wait,so listened to it.The voice talent was excellent.I can‘t wait to get my hands on the actual book to read it.I can only speak for myself but I feel as though the story is now complete.

marleed It makes me happy that it was Margaret Atwood who was able to finish it. 1d
Twocougs @marleed ❤️ 1d
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Lexeegee
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My copy finally came!! And as a bonus, my BOTM came on the same day.

LapReader My Testaments arrived today too. 1d
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Zoes_Human
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When this book was announced, I wondered if it had been produced by the sort of pressures that come with having a hugely successful show rather than the passion of an artist with a story to tell. Would it let me down? But I needn't have feared. This isn't The Handmaid's Tale come again, but rather, more satisfyingly, the story of Gilead that we need today. I am wholly satisfied. 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Bklover I‘m looking forward to this one! 1d
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Aaronlisa
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I read this on Sept 13-14, mainly on the Saturday and gave it 3.75 ⭐️. While it‘s an engaging read, it‘s not as good as The Handmaid‘s Tale is. This one is more of a thriller. I do think the 3 narratives does drag it down a bit and I would have preferred either one or just 2. I am not overly familiar with the TV series and i had no problem with the story.

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Zoes_Human
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“Being able to read and write did not provide answers to all questions. It led to other questions, and then to others.”

This is why literacy is dangerous to power.

marleed This line made me ponder the difference between education vs indoctrination. 1d
Zoes_Human @marleed YES! Exactly so. 1d
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Christine11
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I found this so compelling - I was kind of nervous because I just didn‘t know what to expect but it‘s really good! My full review is up on my blog now if you have a moment to read it!
https://lifewithallthebooks.com/2019/09/16/the-testaments-by-margaret-atwood-rev...
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Avidreader25 Loved your full review and I can‘t wait to read this one! 2d
Christine11 @Avidreader25 Thank you so much! 😊 I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 💛 1d
marleed I hope I‘m interesting when I‘m 80. I think I should strive everyday for that singular goal! 1d
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Violetsunrise84
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This display is awesome! I felt like I was the only person in the store t excited about this. 😂😂😂😂

#margaretatwood #thetestaments #thehandmaidstalr

Liatrek That is awesome😍 2d
Graciouswarriorprincess That is so fabulous! 2d
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Leftcoastzen Very awesome! 1d
KarenUK @samplergal that‘s awesome! Now where can I get a red cloak from!? 😂 20h
Samplergal @KarenUK now that I don‘t know. Call Joanne Fabrics! 😂😂😂 18h
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Zoes_Human
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“Nobody is any authority on the fucks other people give ...”

Leftcoastzen 👏 2d
marleed I love that line! 2d
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ClairesReads
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Resonant

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Leftcoastzen
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This book could never feel as visceral as our journey with Offred in the Handmaids Tale.We were in real-time with her trying to figure out what the heck is going on.Now it‘s 15 years later & the testimonies of a girl from Gilead ,a girl from Canada who learns of Gilead in school interwoven with the hidden writings of an Aunt ,the system seems to be degrading.
Atwood reminds us :Dictatorship/Theocracy have appeared before,they could again.Powerful!

Emilymdxn Great review! I loved the book too, made me really want to reread the Handmaid‘s Tale 2d
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SheilaChew
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Our local library has been closed for remodeling and just reopened this weekend. I went with my bookclub friends to check out the new space and OF COURSE checked out a few books. A BRAND NEW NEVER BEEN CHECKED OUT COPY!!! I‘m so happy just holding it!

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Jason7
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It‘s almost impossible for this book to live up to the hype it‘s received, but it‘s still a good book, and it bridges together Book 1 and the television show. The audiobook is well narrated and features some of the cast from the television show. Testaments has more of a YA feel to it than the Handmaid‘s Tale, but that‘s ok because 3 of the main characters are young women. It‘s well worth a read/listen for fans of series. Overall rating 4.41 stars

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Zoes_Human
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So tired but just … one … more … chapter … 💤

Chelsea.Poole Same thing going on here with the same book! 2d
Zoes_Human @Chelsea.Poole I‘m up and right back at it too! I‘m so glad I started it when I have two days off to power-read. 2d
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Coming up on Books On The Go! 🎧 we‘re doing a special Booker Shortlist week next - then A Single Thread - interview with Tracy Chevalier 🤩 - and Olive Kitteridge, in anticipation of Olive, Again. Read along with us! And let us know your thoughts if you‘ve read any of these. 📚 🤓
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I‘m currently reading The Testaments. Will withhold comment until we record on Wednesday. 😉

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Vcollinilibrarian
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This book was incredible. I wept at the end, and i‘m so glad that she focused on these characters (wont spoil their true identities) rather than Offred again. We do get a little moment with Offred, but that was all that was needed to make this an amazing sequel. 5 stars. Amazing. Incredible. Fantastic!!!

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DarcysMom
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I am going in...
#audiobook
#audible

Lovesbooks87 I had the audiobook was amazing! I loved the book! Enjoy! 2d
ReadingSusan I am listening to this now. It‘s so good. 2d
DarcysMom @Lovesbooks87 @ReadingSusan I am about an hour and a half in - it is so good! 2d
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Christine
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I really, truly loved this. I‘m grateful for the chance to learn more about Gilead, and I liked the new protagonists and found their arcs satisfying. And I would read thousands more pages written in Aunt Lydia‘s voice (and then happily devour them all over again on audio if Ann Dowd was narrating) - she‘s a problematic character, to be sure, but a fascinating one. A solid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from this definitely biased Atwood fanwoman. 😁❤️

Jemmygem Can‘t wait to get my hands on it. 2d
marleed Hey, did you know she does narrate this!? 2d
Christine @Jemmygem I hope you love it, too! 2d
Christine @marleed Yes, I both listened and read with eyes! I liked all of the narrators but Ann Dowd was incredible. 2d
marleed @Christine Oh that‘s what I did - simply the best. Ann Dowd is fabulous! 2d
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Zoes_Human
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I was so nervous to start reading this because I love The Handmaid's Tale so much, but OMFG it is so good!

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Zoes_Human
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#1 on the hold list 🎉 Fresh library copy in hand!

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LogiKitty
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Wow.

Jenken1998 Sounds like my place of employment 🙄 3d
LogiKitty @Jenken1998 absolute the worst 😔 3d
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BekaReid
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I was gripped from page one by both Margaret Atwood's writing and the eerie relevance of the tale. Each time I went to set the book down, I found myself reaching once again for the volume just moments later. The voice was different from that of The Handmaid's Tale, but fittingly so with the difference in approach and the time that passed between the two.

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Chelsea.Poole
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Finally able to start this jewel 💎

Jemmygem Love that mug where did you get. Would like to get one for my daughter who got me into Litsy 3d
Chelsea.Poole @Jemmygem I won it from @Litsy 🤗 I'm not sure how to purchase one. I'm sorry! 3d
Jemmygem Oh ok no worries I guess I‘ll have to win one. Thanks 3d
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plemmdog
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Almost halfway in. The cover intrigues me—the paper they‘ve chosen is rather smeary and has a tendency to show all your fingerprints, under a light. I wonder if it was intentional.

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