Margaret Atwood’s sequel to her award-winning dystopian novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” will be released next September, publisher Penguin Random House announced Wednesday.
The original 1985 book follows Offred, a “handmaid,” or one of the women forced to bear children for the ruling class in a military dictatorship version of New England called Gilead after the U.S. government has been overthrown.
Titled “The Testaments,” the sequel will be “set 15 years after Offred’s final scene and is narrated by three female characters,” Atwood tweeted.
A short video clip for “The Testaments” teases, “Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything!”
In a likely shot at today’s political climate, a quote attributed to Atwood in the trailer reads, “The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living.”
Since “The Handmaid’s Tale” was adapted for the Hulu series of the same name that premiered in 2017, some have tried to draw comparisons between the show’s themes of oppression and Donald Trump’s presidency.
The series, which stars Elisabeth Moss as Offred, has been picked up for a third season. It won eight Emmy Awards in its first season, including Outstanding Drama Series, becoming the first show on a streaming service to land an Outstanding Series Emmy. It was also the first streamed show to score the Golden Globe for Best Television Series — Drama.