“Blessed are the silent” in Gilead, and eager are the fans in Halifax.
In 2017, The Handmaid’s Tale hit television and became the series everyone was talking about.
By now, you’ve probably already tuned your Eye to Season 1. Perhaps you’ve read or even re-read Margaret Atwood’s bestselling 1985 novel by the same name. (If you haven’t, we’ve got you covered. They’re both available to borrow from the Library in various formats.)
Season 2 doesn’t return until late April. So, now what?
We’ve handpicked some recently published, dark, dystopian novels with similarities to Atwood’s classic text. We hope you enjoy them while you wait. Under His Eye, readers.
An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
The spaceship, HSS Matilda, has been headed towards the Promised Land for 325 years. Aster lives on the lower decks where dark-skinned residents are brutalized and forced into hard labour. Author Rivers Solomon’s debut novel, An Unkindness of Ghosts, follows Aster as she tries to uncover the connection between the ship’s Sovereign and the mysterious disappearance of her mother.
Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed
Jennie Melamed’s Gather the Daughters, was described by Publisher’s Weekly as a “haunting and powerful debut.” Follow the stories of 4 girls living in an island community with no access to the outside world. In this bleak, misogynistic society, girls who reach puberty are forced to marry and begin producing children. When a girl is murdered for wanting to leave, a resistance is formed.
The Power by Naomi Alderman
Author Naomi Alderman clarifies that her sci-fi novel, in which women develop the power to electrocute, is not dystopian fiction. “Nothing happens to men in the novel…that is not happening to a woman in our world today.”[i] Unlike The Handmaid’s Tale, women hold the power in this novel. Dark and thought provoking, The Power won the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2017.