Review: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Anna: Iโ€™m sorry to say that I was so disappointed by this! In the vein of ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜Š๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ, ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜›๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด read like a total money grab. I really enjoyed ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฅโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜›๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ, and in no way did ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜›๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด feel like its sequel. For one, ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜›๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด lacks the tension and literary weight of ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฅโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜›๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ in every way. โฃ

โฃ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฅโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜›๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ is slow-paced and slowly reveals the horror of the dystopian world of Gilead. ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜›๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด, on the other hand, is pace-y, dialogue heavy, and driven mostly by plot. It completely lacks the dark, creeping so prevalent in ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฅโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜›๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ. โฃ

โฃSet fifteen years after ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฅโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜›๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ, ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜›๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด is told in three perspectives. Thereโ€™s Agnes, who grows up in a prominent family in Gilead; Daisy; living in the free country of Canada; and, wait for itโ€ฆ the third is Aunt Lydiaโ€™s perspective. My biggest problem is Aunt Lydiaโ€™s storyline, which just wasnโ€™t believable for me. I donโ€™t want to give away any spoilers, but I just didnโ€™t buy any of it. The other two perspectives were interesting enough. That is, until they started to overlap, which is where I really think this book fell apart. โฃ

โฃUnfortunately, I came away from this feeling that Atwood was forced into this book in response to the show. Iโ€™m so sad–I really wanted to love this!โฃ

VERDICT: 3 stars

In the age of JK Rowling, who has exploited her wold and characters for everything that she can (disclaimer, I still love the original Harry Potter books), I feel that having a bestselling book or series isn’t enough any more. ย The new Hunger Games book coming out this year, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, is a prime example. It’s a prequel to the series that reveals the backstory of President Snow. I’m so over prequels and have no desire to read this. I think that sometimes there’s value in letting a good book or series stand on it’s own. I know things like book deals and an author’s career are part of this, but I think I’ll be avoiding any long-awaited add ons to old favorites for a while.