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Amazon apologizes for breaking strict embargo, sending customers early copies of ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ sequel


Margaret Atwood has written a sequel to "The Handmaid's Tale." (AFP Contributor/AFP/Getty Images)

Amazon’s tale is between its legs.

The technology giant apologized Thursday for a “technical error” leading to a “small number” of customers receiving copies of Margaret Atwood’s “Handmaid’s Tale” sequel, “The Testaments,” before the book hits shelves on Sept. 10, according to the Associated Press.

“We apologize for this error; we value our relationship with authors, agents, and publishers,” Amazon said in a statement, BBC reports.

The long-awaited novel comes 34 years after Atwood, 79, first published the dystopian predecessor. The Canadian author’s heavily “guarded” continuation picks up 15 years after the original novel’s conclusion.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” has become increasingly popular since it was adapted for the small screen by Hulu in 2017. The story centers on the dystopic Gilead, in which fertile women are all but rounded up and forced to reproduce for those who no longer can.

Not only has the show picked up 11 Emmys (with 44 nominations), but the story has entered real-life political discourse.

Women now often wear the oppressed characters’ signature red cloak and white bonnet when protesting controversial legislation, namely concerning abortion.