Atwood made the announcement this morning on Twitter, revealing the upcoming book will be called The Testaments and be published in September 2019.
"The Testaments is set 15 years after Offred's final scene and is narrated by three female characters," the Canadian author revealed.
The Handmaid's Tale was originally published in 1985, spinning a frightening tale of a dystopian future where a totalitarian state named Gilead overthrows the U.S. — a transition that spurs a series of disturbing societal changes.
Yes indeed to those who asked: I'm writing a sequel to The #HandmaidsTale. #TheTestaments is set 15 years after Offred's final scene and is narrated by three female characters. It will be published in Sept 2019. More details: https://t.co/e1umh5FwpX pic.twitter.com/pePp0zpuif— Margaret E. Atwood (@MargaretAtwood) November 28, 2018
The book won the Governor General's Award for fiction in 1985, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1986 and has sold eight million copies around the globe — not to mention be turned into a hit TV series starring Elisabeth Moss.
Despite the hit status of the show, the upcoming sequel will not be connected to the TV adaptation, which has already aired two season and gone far beyond Atwood's original source material.
The Testaments has been inspired by "everything you've ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings," Atwood said.
"The other inspiration is the world we've been living in."