I did not enjoy The Handmaid's Tale, not when I read it in the 80s or when I read it again last year. It was just so dark and depressing. I was therefore a bit reluctant to read the sequel. I was pleasantly surprised, however, and found this to be a much brighter read. It answers so many questions left unanswered at the end of The Handmaid's Tale. It puts the events from that book in context and I really appreciated that. It also has a happy and hopeful ending, which I needed and appreciated. No wonder this was chosen to share the Booker Prize with Girl, Woman, Other by Anglo-Nigerian author, Bernardine Evaristo, which I will read next. Bravo Margaret Atwood!