The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (5 out of 5)

The long-awaited followup to “The Handmaid’s Tale” did not disappoint in the least. Well, except that fiasco in which Scamazon shipped out copies of the book before its release date. But that’s why you flip off those fuckers and buy it from your local indie bookstore! Anyway, this is one of my top 10 fiction titles this year. And yes, it still reads like it is happening in today’s world.

We’re back in Gilead years later. Three women are fighting for their lives and those we know in Gilead. Agnes is a “child of the state” and has lived her whole life, as is, in and under Gilead’s rule. Daisy has lived her young life on the other side of civilization, in Canada. Until unrest leads her to make a difficult decision tied to Gilead. Founding Aunt of Gilead, Aunt Lydia is still within its walls, blurring the line between duty and derision. Gilead is still in an uproar over what happened to “Baby Nicole”, making leaders and followers question everything and everyone, and leading to what can only be an uprising that Gilead and its brethren may not recover from.

Three things you need to know: Atwood is still a mistress of her craft. While this does not lead off directly where Handmaid’s Tale left off, it seamlessly ties that incident into the current happenings in Gilead and the reader doesn’t want for anything. The three ladies forefronting this literary wall are going to break it down one way or another, and take no prisoners is the reader once you open up the book. She also weaves in current events into her narrative, providing more insight into the thought processes going on with the ladies as they try to navigate a more on-the-edge Gilead than we are used to. All in all, well worth the decades long wait to see how it all plays out for Gilead.

~ by generationgbooks on December 24, 2019.

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