Atwood's follow-up novel "as a concept is a better sequel than The Handmaid’s Tale’s later seasons ever could be," says Kate Gardner. "We know too much, and June has pushed our sympathies to the limit. The novel, with that painful epilogue, has already done more to quietly devastate than anything the TV show has shown in brutal detail. Atwood’s sequel is in line with that by keeping Offred/June a mystery, because her tragedy is that she is nameless and never given the chance to define her own story. The television show makes her a revolutionary, when her most revolutionary act in the book was staying alive."