Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

12 powerful dystopian novels that every woman should read

From shockingly biased rape trials, to outdated abortion laws, to those horrifying “grab them by the pussy” comments, misogyny is more disturbingly prevalent than ever before.

Meanwhile Britain is barricading itself away from the rest of Europe, the world is turning its back on refugees fleeing war torn countries, global warming is making its effects felt across the planet, Donald Trump is officially going to be President of the United States of America… and he’s already begun waging war on womankind.

All in all, it marks a frightening new chapter in our lives. But could we be on the cusp of a real-life dystopia?


Read more: Margaret Atwood reveals Trump supporters are making The Handmaid’s Tale a reality


From The Handmaid’s Tale to Never Let Me Go, we have picked out 12 of the best and must-read feminist dystopian novels – or, as we prefer to call them, ‘vital reading for our brave new world’. Hopefully these will jolt us into action and inspire us to rise up and rebel, to speak out for those most in need, and to strike a blow for victims of discrimination everywhere. 

Scroll through to find out which novels you need to download to your Kindle, asap…

Related

hillary voters crying.jpg

“Be brave, be fearless”: a letter to my daughter on President Trump

virago publishing.jpg

Virago publishers share the books that made them feminist

donald trump margaret atwood gilead.jpg

Margaret Atwood reveals fears for real-life The Handmaid’s Tale

Comments

More

As his creator Michael Bond dies, the best quotes from Paddington Bear

“I’ll never be like other people, but that’s alright, because I’m a bear”

by Anna Brech
28 Jun 2017

Philip Pullman to name new book character after Grenfell Tower victim

“A life that was so full of promise has been cut short in the most terrible way."

by Sarah Biddlecombe
27 Jun 2017

Bestselling author reveals surprising side-effect of writing a book

Always wanted to write a book? Read this first

by Sarah Biddlecombe
27 Jun 2017

How a tiny bookstore fought off an onslaught of sexist internet abuse

Proving the internet does not belong to trolls

by Anna Pollitt
27 Jun 2017

19 tweets that prove JK Rowling is the queen of social media

Creator of Hogwarts, queen of our hearts.

by Moya Crockett
26 Jun 2017

Handmaid’s Tale fans, here’s what really happens to Ofglen in the book

As it's confirmed Alexis Bledel’s character will be returning for the second series

by Kayleigh Dray
23 Jun 2017

Four of the best books so far this year, as chosen by Amazon and us

If you read nothing else, make sure you give these titles a whirl

by Anna Brech
22 Jun 2017

Emma Watson really, really wants you to read these 10 feminist books

She’s curated her very own “essential feminist bookshelf”

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Jun 2017

We need to talk about Offred’s secret weapon in The Handmaid’s Tale

This is the most important thing we can take from episode four

by Kayleigh Dray
19 Jun 2017

Little girl crashes stranger’s wedding for a seriously cute reason

And the photos are just perfect

by Kayleigh Dray
19 Jun 2017