Margaret Atwood has written a sequel toThe Handmaid's Tale.

TitledThe Testaments, the book will be published next year, more than 30 years after the original was releasedin 1985.Atwood confirmed the news on T, revealing it will be available to purchasein September 2019.

Insteadof charting the events seen in the Elisabeth Moss-starring TV adaptation(the second season of whichcontinues past the original novel), the follow-up will be set 15 years after the final scene in Atwood's book and told from the perspective of three female characters. It's currently unknown whether one of these will be Offred.

Atwood shared her intentions behind a newHandmaid's Talenovel in a statement, saying it has been inspired by “the world we've been living in” in recent years.

“Everything you've ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we've been living in,” Atwood said.

Speculation of a follow-up was rife after Atwood released an audiobook ofThe Handmaid's Talewhich came accompanied with a special extended version of the epilogue in which a professor tells a crowd many years after the book's events:“I hope to be able to present the results of our furtherGileadianinvestigations to you at some future date.”

It seems Atwood's sequel will do exactly that.