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It’s real, it’s happening, and it’ll probably be the most talked about book in 2019! Margaret Atwood has announced a sequel to her iconic dystopian novel. Titled The Testaments, the sequel will be narrated by three female characters and will be set 15 years after the last scene of The Handmaid’s Tale

This news comes to us after Hulu’s adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale has already run for two seasons, and is now off book, with a third season in the works. I’m excited to know if the two timelines will now overlap and create a complex story, since the TV show already uses flashbacks in its narrative.

The novel will be published worldwide by Penguin Random House in September 2019, and is already up for pre-orders here. Here is her official announcement on Twitter with a video teaser:

Get more Handmaid’s Tale coverage here.