Yes you read that right – author Margaret Atwood is working on a sequel to her phenomenal book ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, the inspiration for the award-winning HBO series, which was first published back in 1985.
Atwood announced that the forthcoming sequel will be titled ‘The Testaments’ and will be narrated by three female characters. The sequel is set to be released on the 10th September 2019.
Check out the announcement tweet below!
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
Talking about the book, Margaret Atwood said, ‘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.
It’s set 15 years after Offred’s final scene, the moment when the van door slams and she is about to be driven off to an uncertain future – one either of freedom, more torture and imprisonment, or even death. We just don’t know.”
So what do you think of the news? Excited for a sequel, or think the book is just fine as it is? Let us know in the comments below!