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In The Testaments, Margaret Atwood takes us back to Gilead to follow the journey of three women with very unique perspectives, who are deeply entrenched in its story.
The book started slow, because it switches between the three different stories, so takes a little bit longer to become invested in their stories. Even though they were both so different, I really like each of the two younger women. And once their stories started to progress, I had trouble putting the book down.
I do not like hearing about injustice, or when people are not treated fairly, so first book made me really mad while reading it. Because all the ideas were new and shocking in the first book, they were harder to take in. This time around I knew what to expect, so I didn’t find this book as upsetting at all. It was a lot easier read.
To get a little idea how much the concepts in this book upset me. I watched the first season of the show, but after a few episodes of the second season, I couldn’t watch it anymore. The show made me so mad, that it affected my mood after watching. It just really made me hate men. And I couldn’t stop thinking about each episode.
Back to what I thought about this book…
I really liked how this book explored Aunt Lydia’s back story. It has become popular in today’s fiction, like the new joker movie, to give villains a well rounded back story. Authors are trying to make their characters more relatable and understandable. We may still hate the villains but at least we know their why, even if we disagree with their actions. It was really interesting to further explore the creation of Gilead from her point of view. It was always a question for me when reading the first book, why do the Aunts go along with everything and help suppress women? I wondered if they were religious fanatics or had other reasons to hate other women. What happened in their past to treat others in this way and not be ashamed?
When I read The Handmaid’s Tale I loved the book and the world she created, but I was disappointed by the ending. It left a lot of unanswered questions. So this time Atwood give a satisfying ending to this book, and each of her main characters. For me that made a huge difference, which is why this was a great way to end the story.