The Testaments
The Testaments By Atwood, Margaret Book - 2019 | Hardcover edition

I enjoyed this book more than The Handmaids Tale. Considering it's the sequel, I expected a continuation of The Handmaids Tale but was pleasantly surprised with the book. Though I must say the writing style is still not my favourite and it was even more confusing in this book. If you enjoyed The Handmaids Tale this book is for you as it goes beyond the story of a single handmaid. What I liked about this story is the thickening of the plot, the anticipation, and the way everything came together at the end. This story would have earned 5 stars if it weren't for the 1st person style of writing. The takeaway of the book is that there are multiple sides to every story which I find interesting because it gives off a different message than the first book. 4/5 stars
@beachreader of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Being the most awaited book of the year, it's not easy. I can say that most-including my own-negative reactions are primarily based on expectations. The Handmaid's Tale has been a holy ground in the literary world since its publication in 1985, a true modern classic further intensified by the popular show and current political tensions. There couldn't be greater stakes for a sequel, and even for the ever-talented Margaret Atwood, that's a tough performance to deliver. All in all, this is a well-written tale of adventure that extends the creation of the world implied and alluded to by the original. But it's dull as well, mostly unsurprising, and basically feels like a chance to cash in. I despised all the young characters; more specifically. Some 67 percent of the book is narrated by young people. A Middle Grade narrative voice that is jarring and undesired is generated by their lack of maturity. Not inherently unrealistic, just distracting. For pages and pages, their kiddish thoughts go on … Final rating:2/5
@Barcelonafan1 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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