The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (Review)

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

The Testaments

Format: Hardback
Source: Library
Publisher: Chatto & Windus (Penguin UK)
Genres: Dystopia, Fiction
Publication Date: 10th September 2019
Synopsis/Blurb (Goodreads):

“More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.

Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets.
As Atwood unfolds The Testaments, she opens up the innermost workings of Gilead as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.
“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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My Thoughts & Review

I was super excited when I heard Atwood had this book coming out. I thought it would answer the questions I had after reading The Handmaid’s tale but it didn’t.

It started off promising and I thought yes this is going to be a good one, but it quickly started going downhill. I found the majority of this to be way to slow and boring. That’s the only thing that comes to mind. Thinking about it now, while I write this review I really should have just DNFed it in the first week I started it. But, I really wanted it to get better, and I really wanted to know more about the fate of the 2 teenagers who’s points of view are told in the book. They both started off interesting but as the book progressed I found that the storyline although different just felt a bit repetitive and predictable. (Hope that makes sense)

While reading The Testaments I’d seen so many raving reviews about this book, and as I continued reading the book I started to wonder if I was reading the same book, or if I had picked up something totally different.

I couldn’t really get into the story and the character’s just felt flat. In fact the whole book kind of felt flat. I even tried to listen to the audiobook but that also failed to keep me interested.

All in all, a very disappointing read. It could have been so much better. I’m so glad I managed to get a copy of it from the library. This is one book I couldn’t wait to give back, in fact I actually went and gave it back five minutes after I finished it.

I’m so glad I managed to get a copy of it from the library. This is one book I couldn’t wait to give back, in fact I actually went and gave it back five minutes after I finished it.

Although I didn’t like this book, there’s nothing to say you won’t, I’m probably one of the very few people who doesn’t like it. So, if you really want to read this then go ahead but do try and get a copy from the library first, before buying you copy 😉

My Rating

💙1/2

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Leave a comment below and let’s have a chat.

Happy Reading!!!


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6 comments

  1. Great review! I am sure that is how I will feel about this book too. I have no interest in reading it, though. For me the story in The Handmaid’s Tale uncertainly ended and I do not want to hear about the continuation.

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  2. Well done for reading it for starters! I’m in the minority (I think) in that I’ve no interest in this book or the first one! 🤷‍♀️ Makes a change to see a review that doesn’t sing its praises. Thank you for sharing 😊

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