For more than 30 years, The Handmaid’s Tale has been both a beloved and challenged novel. With the success of the Hulu adaptation and the news that it has been renewed already for a second season, of course we want more books just like it! From dystopian fiction we get an eerie sense of what the world could be like in the future. Not only do we love to speculate, but we love the amazing tales that are told. Here are 8 books to read after you’ve finished The Handmaid’s Tale.
1) The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch
Yuknavitch reimagines the child warrior Joan of Arc in the near future. The world is ravaged by war, humans have reassigned themselves into a mysterious platform called CIEL, and Jean de Men is the cult leader people are turning to. When a group of rebels join together to bring de Man down, no one can imagine the future that lies ahead.
2) Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
Mexican-American Connie Ramos is unjustly put into a mental institution after she loses her husband and child. While there, she’s visited by someone from the year 2137, a time where sexual and racial equality and environmental purity are the norm. What does remain in the future is war and exploitation. Connie might have the power to decide if that’s the future they’ll all live in.
3) When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
In this world, convicted felons are released from prison and the color of their skin is genetically altered and changed to match their crime. Hannah’s skin color is red, which means she committed murder. As she continues on in her hostile world, she must try to survive as best she can.
4) Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
Unattended social and economic issues cause an uproar and lead to social chaos. Fires break out all over town and not even Lauren Olamina’s gated community is safe. She loses her entire family and home and is forced to venture out into the chaotic American landscape. While Olamina must learn to survive on her own, what she discovers is a new faith and a shocking discovery.
5) Amatka by Karin Tidbeck
Vanja, an information assistant is sent to the colony of Amatka to collect intelligence from the government. Immediately, Vanja feels like something is wrong. The people in Amatka act strangely and the government watches them very closely. Vanja only plans to stay for a short time, but after falling in love with her housemate Nina, she prolongs her visit. Once Vanja discovers evidence of a growing threat in Amatka and the administration’s cover-up, she goes on an a journey that puts her at risk.
6) The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew
Set in a modern day Nazi-England, Jessika Keller is on her way to becoming a world champion ice skater. Keller is quiet, she’s a good girl, and she obeys. Her best friend and neighbor, Clem, is the complete opposite. She’s outspoken, rebellious, and dangerous. The regime has taken note of Clem’s behavior…but will Jess keep her rebel friend and risk her life, or continue being the good girl?
8) The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
Every night, Khalid, the 18-year-old Caliph of Khorasan takes a new bride every night and has her executed every morning. When 16-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry the murderous boy king, everyone becomes suspicious. What people don’t know, though, is that Shahrzad has a plan to stay alive and get revenge for the murder of her best friend and all of the other girls.