Fans of “The Handmaid’s Tale” will be getting another novel in 2019. The novel’s author, Margaret Atwood, confirmed today that she will write a sequel to the best-seller and that it will release next September. The surprise announcement sent shock-waves through Atwood’s social-media channels and everyone is hoping that HULU adapts the second book into a series.
The follow-up sequel will be published under Nan A. Talese/Doubleday and seems to be called “The Testaments”. The story will be set 15 years after the events in the original book. Atwood explained the setting in a Tweet to her followers stating: “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.”
You can read the original “The Handmaid’s Tale” for free on Kindle, right here on Amazon.
After winning an Emmy Award win for Outstanding Drama Series, “The Handmaid’s Tale” won two awards at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards. They were also the first-ever Golden Globe wins for Hulu. That year the series won for Best Television Series – Drama, and Best Performance by an Actress In Television Drama – Elisabeth Moss. Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” was also the first series on a streaming service to win a Primetime Emmy Award in the Best Series category, that was at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Lead Actress Elisabeth Moss and Supporting Actress Ann Dowd also landed Emmy Award wins for their critically-praised roles in the series.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism in its militarized “return to traditional values.” As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate the world. In this terrifying society, Offred must navigate between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.