That there is renewed interest in the book is, it is not so strange: the Hulu series based on the story appears to be so great a success that in 2019 another a third season will come out with actress Elisabeth Moss in the lead role.
The Handmaid’s Tale describes a religious imaginary society where women has no rights and can only be used to bear children. The sequel will fifteen years after the end of the first book play. Three women get in the word and embroider further on the story of the first book. “Everything I have ever asked about Gilead and how the country operates, is the inspiration for this book”, let Atwood know on social media. “The rest of my inspiration comes from the society in which we now live.”
The sequel has no connection with the television series. The second and third season of the series follow their own story, that is written by the television makers themselves.