For the purposes of the 13th Symposium of Gilead Studies, what better way to lay out the inner workings of the dystopian society than the testimony of three women who have risked their lives to reveal its truths: Agnes Jemima who was raised to embrace all facets of the regime, the infamous Aunt Lydia, and last but not least, Daisy, who was smuggled across the border as a child.
In this return to the Republic of Gilead, fifteen years have passed since the events of The handmaid's tale and Offred's escape to an uncertain future, but the misogyny, the duplicity and oppression have continued.
Gripping and fast paced, this suspenseful story with its intriguing characters and weighty moral quandaries, offers a welcome glimmer of hope for the future of the women of Gilead.
We all found this a very challenging story - plenty to discuss and all agreed a satisfying read.
Brilliant follow on from 'The Handmaid's Tale'. Some of us were enthralled, but all of us read it! Slightly annoyed by the 'convenience' of some of the story, but still a great read.
This book took many by surprise. Took a bit to get into but wow! Plenty of interesting concepts and a great plot led to thought provoking conversations.
Atwood is a wonderful writer, and the whole group enjoyed the language, the structure, the plot and the character development. The book works well as a sequel to 'The Handmaid's Tale', rounding the story off, and allowing those who had not read the earlier one to get the whole picture. Some felt it was rounded off too smoothly. Not an enjoyable topic though, especially in the current climate in the U.S.
This book answered many questions from 'The Handmaid's Tale'. We all enjoyed it. Could see some parallels with what seems to be happening in the world today.
Enjoyed by most of the group. Interesting discussion.
Terrifying but compulsive reading. The irony of Texas!!
As we had this book over lockdown, we didn't have a discussion meeting. I personally really liked it, as it was a good wrap up from The Handmaid's Tale.
Some members didn't finish. Others found it very interesting, and it caused quite a bit of discussion.
Most in the group agreed it would have been an easier read if they'd read 'The Handmaid's Tale'. Some were upset with the content - all agreed it was well-written.
'The Testaments' is a great read, especially if you have previously read 'The Handmaid's Tale'.
Everyone really enjoyed this book. Cleverly written and challenging. Disturbing in content but lightened with humour as well.
We found this book perceptive and frightening and gripping. It is a great sequel to 'The Handmaid's Tale', with a message of hope, as well as a warning that situations can change very quickly.