What's more surprising than Margaret Atwood revisiting Gilead with a sequel to The Handmaid's Tale is that the sequel won't be a non-fiction book about the world we live in. Though, The Testaments will be heavily influenced by today's world.
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
In her statement regarding the announcement, Atwood said that the sequel was inspired by readers' questions about Gilead and by the "world we've been living in."
The Handmaid's Tale is set in a near future in which the United States has installed an oppressive, theocratic government that forces fertile women into servitude to bear children. The book focuses on the handmaid Offred and her fight to survive.
Modern similarities to the 1976 novel include a woman's lack of choice in governing her own body, Islamophobia, Christian fundamentalists hand-picking Bible passages, and blaming women for their sexual assault.
The Testaments will be published on Sept. 10, 2019.