Margaret Atwood’s searing dystopian vision enthralled us both on the page and screen (if you haven’t seen this year’s TV adaptation on Channel 4 , get to it). For those who’ve read The Handmaid’s Tale and have a taste for something similar, here’s what should come next…
In the wake of a fever that decimated the earth’s population and made childbirth deadly for mother and infant, a midwife must pick her way through the bones of the world she once knew.
What the press said: “The novel that eerily anticipated the Zika virus.” – Slate
What readers said: “Beautifully told with depth and balance of light and shade.”
All over the world women are discovering they have the ‘power’. With a flick of the fingers, they can inflict terrible pain and even death. Suddenly, every man on the planet finds they've lost control. Want to know more? Read our review here.
What the press said: “The Hunger Games crossed with The Handmaid's Tale.” – Cosmopolitan
What readers said: “It's stunning – thought-provoking, compelling, sinister and a real page turner.”
Darkly humorous and incredibly chilling, Atwood takes us to an even more dystopian world with this novel. It follows ‘Snowman’, the apparent only survivor of an unnamed apocalypse.
What the press said: “Superlatively gripping and remarkably imagined, the novel is simultaneously alive with literary resonances.” – The Sunday Times
What readers said: “The unfolding of the plot is controlled with such mastery, and the entire premise is fascinating.”
A futuristic retelling of The Scarlett Letter. Hannah Payne is a ‘Red’. Her crime: murdering her unborn child. Now cameras broadcast her every move to millions at home wanting sinister entertainment.
What the press said: “Jordan's feverishly conceived dystopia holds its own alongside the dark inventions of Margaret Atwood.” – The New York Times
What readers said: “A dystopian thriller is always the scariest when the premise of the story appears only too plausible, which makes this book terrifying.”
After escaping the dystopian horror of future New York, a male English professor escapes to the desert – where a many-breasted fertility goddess transforms him into the new Eve.
What the press said: “'If you can imagine Baudelaire, Blake and Kafka getting together to describe America, you are well on the way to Carter's visionary and lurid world.” – The Times
What readers said: “A wild and dangerous ride through sexual identity.”
If civilisation was lost, what would you preserve? And how far would you go to protect it? This dark novel explores fame and ambition in the days after a super flu nearly wipes out the earth's population.
What the press said: "Possibly the most captivating post-apocalyptic novel you will ever read." – The Independent
What readers said: “This book is a work of art.”
In the not-too-distant future, England is in a state of collapse. A girl known only as ‘Sister’ escapes the confines of her repressive marriage to join a team of female rebel fighters.
What the press said: "If you liked Children of Men, give this sci-fi page-turner a read.” – OK! Magazine
What readers said: “Riddled with romance and touching instances of female friendship.”
A classic work of feminist science fiction. Following a nuclear holocaust, women have expelled men from their cities, bringing them back only for purposes of loveless reproduction.
What the press said: “Luminous prose and vivid characters… A compelling and emotionally involving novel." – Publishers Weekly
What readers said: “An enthralling feminist tale that men should read.”
A shocking story of rebellion and revelation set in a contemporary Nazi England. Jessica Keller is a good girl, but her best friend Clemetine is not so submissive. And the regime has noticed.
What the press said: “A genius idea, executed flawlessly.” – Red
What readers said: “Heartbreaking but keep reading to the end: it will fire you up to shout, stand up and defend what is right.”