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From shockingly biased rape trials, to outdated abortion laws, to those horrifying “grab them by the pussy” comments, misogyny is more disturbingly prevalent than ever before.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

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