Once The Testaments came out, I decided it was time. I checked out The Handmaid's Tale to read. I was immediately hooked and finished it in two days! The characters were so well-developed, and while there was an opportunity for a sequel (obviously), it had an ending that was somewhat satisfying - not hopeless at least!
Luckily, my library's copy of The Testaments came in just as I needed it - and without any spoilers, I have to say that it was the perfect sequel - it gave a lot of background on the creation of Gilead - this patriarchal society - and it tied together the loose ends of The Handmaid's Tale perfectly - but without being formulaic.
Now, I still haven't watched the TV series, and I'm not sure if I will, but for those people who do, I believe that reading The Testaments will give you some insight into where the series is going to go in future episodes. When I read The Handmaid's Tale, I couldn't figure out how they had pulled three seasons from that book, but I believe that The Testaments will offer plenty to explore for several more seasons if they choose!
Are you a fan of the series? Have you read either of the books?
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