Margaret Atwood‘s The Handmaid’s Tale was made into a TV series in 2017, starring Elisabeth Moss as the narrator, and it was an instant hit. The dystopian society where women are forced into reproductive slavery resonated with the viewing audience on a global level.
The original series was based on Atwood’s 1985 novel, with two follow-up seasons, which were written for TV. Atwood was involved and gave her permission for the streaming service Hulu to extend the series.
Now, she’s taking matters into her own hands. Atwood has been working away on a sequel novel called The Testaments, to publish next week on September 10.
The story picks up where the book left off, with the synopsis reading: “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 her — freedom, prison or death.”
The sequel takes place 15 years later “with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.”
Ooh, the above is vague, leaving room for interpretation. It could be three Handmaids, or include one of the Wives, an Aunt, or… a Revolutionary. It’s quite exciting to get new material from Atwood herself.
If you missed it the first time around, here are 10 Reasons Offred is Badass in The Handmaid’s Tale.
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