There’s been a lot of discussion about The Handmaid’s Tale recently. Hulu made it into an original mini-series and thrust the novel back into the spotlight, plus there’s been a lot of comparisons to the current political climate to the one in Margaret Atwood’s novel. If you enjoyed the speculative yet eerily plausible world of The Handmaid’s Tale, then here are five more books we recommend.
1. The Gate to Women’s Country by Sheri S. Tepper
In this 1993 novel, Women’s Country is where women rule and shelter all the secrets of civilization. The men, who have been kept separate from the women and wage war among themselves, seek the knowledge that the women have. When Stavia begins giving the man Chernon books to read, he beings plotting against the women.
2. Salt Fish Girl by Larissa Lai
Set in the not too distant future of 2044, Salt Fist Girl is a story of a shape-shifting woman who navigates her haunting dreams and the the futuristic Pacific Northwest where the evil of massive corporations has taken hold of everything.
3. Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
Toronto has been abandoned by the Canadian government, leaving its people to fend for themselves. This neglected part of Canada comes to be known as “The Burn,” and when an elite woman from Ontario needs a heart transplant, she calls for one from inside The Burn.
4. Smoke: A Novel by Dan Vyleta
“Smoking” in this novel is not referring to smoking a cigarette, but thinking wicked thoughts. In Victorian England, all wicked thoughts, whether harmless or dangerous, bloom out from the thinker as wisps of smoke. At an elite boarding school, the protagonist, Thomas, observes events that make him question everything he knows about the smoke.
5. The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist, translated by Marlaine Delargy
The Unit is, by all appearances, a safe and comfortable place for childless, unmarried, and jobless men and women who have reached a certain age. Although these men and women are expected to undergo scientific tests and donate their organs, Dorrit Weger feels content in The Unit, until she falls in love.
Which dystopian universe terrifies you most?
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