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It Is a Brave Author Who Writes a Sequel to an Epic Novel

Margaret Atwood has succeeded in The Testaments

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The Handmaid’s Tale was a worldwide success. It was no wonder that Margaret Atwood waited 34 years to write the sequel.

Part of the attraction of the first book was although a dystopian, it included many true facts. Margaret Atwood wrote nothing in the book that had not occurred somewhere in society. The book contains more fact than was originally obvious.

The Testaments is such a clever book. Not only is it a perfect sequel to its predecessor, but it is also a brilliant companion to the TV series.

The Testaments is set fifteen years after The Handmaid’s Tale. The story is told from three different perspectives. As the book continues, the three identities of the storytellers are revealed.

The book is a masterpiece, it deals with all the questions raised in the first book as well as the TV series.

Margaret Atwood, although serving as executive producer for the series, had little say in the production. She crafted The Testaments, so she could have a say in how it ended. Well, that was my take on it anyway.

I have influence but no power. There’s a big difference. I’m not the person who can ultimately sign off on anything.

Within The Testaments, Atwood concludes what happened to Baby Nicole after she left Gilead. Baby Nicole is a character that appears in the TV series, but not the first novel. Although the main character is pregnant at the end of The Handmaid’s Tale, we never learn the identity or fate of the baby.

The second book is a well-written novel, that answers many questions that have bothered fans. Whether these events are portrayed in the forthcoming seasons, remains to be seen.

Although I started this sequel with trepidation, I finished it with a great feeling of satisfaction.

Fans of Atwood will not be disappointed with The Testaments.

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