‘The Testaments’: When Will Margaret Atwood’s Sequel to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Be Released?
If you don’t know much about The Handmaid’s Tale, you’ve likely at least seen images from the show on the internet. Women clothed in cloaks, their heads covered in white, have become a symbol in silent solidarity of women’s rights.
Even though the book came out over 30 years before Hulu turned it into a series, it seems to have resurfaced at just the right time. And yet another timely announcement appeared on Twitter seemingly out of nowhere: Margaret Atwood is publishing a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, titled The Testaments.
Here’s everything we know about the new book so far, when you can expect to get your copy, and where you can pre-order.
Everything we know about Margaret Atwood’s new book
Author Margaret Atwood created a fictional totalitarian society in which women are used for exactly one purpose: breeding. Though she has published over 50 books throughout her career, she is best-known for The Handmaid’s Tale — especially since Hulu adapted it into a series.
After a sequence of tense moments and quiet rebellion, the final pages of the book (don’t worry, no spoilers) left readers questioning main character Offred’s true fate. But enough time has passed since the book was released that most readers figured we would always wonder what came of Offred and her oppressive world.
We were wrong, according to a brief announcement from Atwood.
“To those who asked,” she wrote on Twitter, “I’m writing a sequel to [The Handmaid’s Tale].”
The book will take place 15 years after The Handmaid’s Tale ended. The story will be told from the perspective of three female characters.
We don’t know much else about the story, who its main characters will be, or if it will cover any of the same issues the first book did.
The Testaments release date
Yes indeed to those who asked: I’m writing a sequel to The #HandmaidsTale. #TheTestaments is set 15 years after Offred’s final scene and is narrated by three female characters. It will be published in Sept 2019. More details: https://t.co/e1umh5FwpX pic.twitter.com/pePp0zpuif
— Margaret E. Atwood (@MargaretAtwood) November 28, 2018
Fans of Atwood and her award-winning novel waited over three decades for a continuation to the thrilling tale, first published in 1985. In comparison, it looks like we won’t be waiting much longer for the story’s next installment.
Margaret Atwood confirmed on Twitter that the book will be released on September 10, 2019. But you can pre-order a hardcover or Kindle copy on Amazon, or pre-order from other online retailers. (That is, if you didn’t instantly purchase a copy the second you saw the announcement like I may or may not have done.)
Atwood confirmed she is in the process of writing the book, which probably explains why she hasn’t released much information about the plot.
But she’s had quite a long time to formulate a story — and plenty of real-world experience to create another narrative that women in our society can relate to. It might just be one of the most anticipated future bestselling works of fiction we’ll get in 2019.
If you haven’t read the book or watched the Hulu series based on it, you have plenty of time to get caught up on both before Atwood releases the sequel. Each one nicely complements the other, but reading the book first might give you useful background going into the series. Enjoy!