Margaret Atwood Announces The Handmaid Tale’s Sequel

The book world was all abuzz today. Margaret Atwood, author of the popular dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, announced she will be writing a sequel to the bestselling book, due to be released in September 2019.

The sequel, titled The Testaments, will take place 15 years after the final scene in The Handmaid’s Tale, featuring the book’s protagonist, Offred. Atwood also revealed that the book will be narrated by three female characters.

The Handmaid’s Tale has seen a resurgence in popularity due to the hit Hulu adaptation and the 2016 presidential election of Donald Trump, which also encouraged Atwood to write this sequel. Protesting the Trump administration, women across the world have dressed in the red handmaid costume, just like from the television show.

Atwood tweeted:

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.”

A graphic novel of The Handmaid’s Tale is also due to be released March 26, 2019.

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