Posted on 09/20/2019 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The Testaments, the much anticipated sequel to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, faced quite the hurdle in terms of critical and popular reception.

For the most part, people seem to believe it rose to the challenge, no doubt partly because Atwood didn’t revive her original heroine, Offred.

(Atwood discussed her reasons for returning to Gilead but not to Offred in a recent Guardian interview, by the way.)

However, no one — not even the great Atwood — can please everyone.

So in the interest of being fair and balanced, since we’ve shared so much adulation for Atwood, here’s a piece from the Nation that raises a few complaints about The Testaments. (There are mild spoilers, fair warning.)

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