Well, ‘The Testaments’ is not as powerful as the prequel was, but it is a bit of a page-turner. Narrated from three-point of view – Aunt Lydia, Agnes and Daisy (baby Nicole). Aunt Lydia’s part is the most engaging perspective where her early days come into the picture and how she ended up as a powerful aunt of the Ardent hall. The other two perspectives were of teenagers, Agnes and Daisy, where Agnes shares her story of growing up as a daughter of the commander, Daisy is a smuggled child from Gilead living in Canada.
The Testaments bring in the testimonies of these three POVs accounting the downfall of the Gilead in an intriguing manner. While Atwood’s writing flows effortlessly, the plot was unsophisticated. Comparing both the books, The Testaments is a much lighter read than the ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. The plot is quite facile with no dark shades and gloominess as was in the prequel. The expectation for a powerful sequel might not be met by this book, but it is a sure pick for the reason of Atwood, for her writing and how she framed the fall of the Gilead.
While putting the thoughts across, I don’t wish to give away the whole plot of the book in order to substantiate why the book was an okayish read and not a brilliant piece for me. I would recommend picking The Testaments to know the perspectives of three different accounts of the happenings in the Gilead and not as the follow-up story of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’.
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Title: The Testaments
Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Penguin Publishers
Publishing Date: 10th September 2019
My Rating: 3.5 stars