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The Testaments: The Handmaid's Tale, Book 2

By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Brilliant, violent sequel is worthy of the orginal.

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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

For Adults Only. Thought provoking but disturbing.

This book has a theme that can be thought provoking but it is not a book for young minds. Violent sexual content. Mutilation. Disturbing.

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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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This chilling sequel about a dystopian society that oppresses women and girls is a page turner that's a worthy followup to the original novel. To readers who have read The Handmaid's Tale, or watched the film or award-winning Hulu TV series, the world of Gilead will be a known quantity, so The Testaments may not have the same shock value that its precursor did when it was new. However, this book may be even more engaging for teen readers, as two of the main characters are young adults. And it will make teens think about issues affecting women and gender roles. Author Margaret Atwood is brilliant at creating her complex, threatening, dystopian world, while still grounding her characters in the most essential values of family and freedom.

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