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Enjoyed The Handmaid's Tale? We’ve scoured the web for book blogs and looked at all of their recommendations for books that are similar to The Handmaid's Tale. Here are 20 books that you may like if you liked The Handmaid's Tale.

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The Power
Naomi Alderman - 2017-10-27 (first published in 2016)
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The Power is a thought-provoking novel that explores how the world can change with just one small shift in power dynamics. Teenage girls suddenly have immense physical power, causing devastating consequences for those around them. Follow the paths of various characters as their lives converge and adapt to this new reality.
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Christina Dalcher - 2018-08-21
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In this gripping novel, the government has limited every woman to one hundred spoken words per day - any more, and they're punished with electricity. But when a new, oppressive government takes over, women's lives are turned upside down. With bank accounts frozen and passports confiscated, women must fight for their voices and their rights. Jean McClellan is one such woman, determined to reclaim her voice and take a stand for herself and others.
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Never Let Me Go
Kazuo Ishiguro - 2010-08-31 (first published in 2005)
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This gripping mystery explores the theme of what it means to be human in a heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous way. Set in the pleasant Hailsham boarding school, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy grow from schoolchildren to young adults, only to realize the full truth of their sheltered existence. Through memory and the impact of the past, the author creates an unforgettable book that examines how we treat the vulnerable and different in our society. Never Let Me Go is a scathing critique of human arrogance and a beautiful love story that breaks through the boundaries of the literary novel.
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The Left Hand of Darkness
50th Anniversary Edition (Ace Science Fiction)
Ursula K. le Guin - 2000-07-01 (first published in 1969)
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Explore a world without sexual prejudice, where gender is fluid and human culture is met with intrigue and curiosity. In this groundbreaking work of award-winning science fiction, a lone human ambassador must bridge the gap between his own cultural beliefs and those of the inhabitants of the icebound planet of Winter. A landmark achievement in intellectual science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness takes readers on a journey through society, psychology, and human emotion on an alien world.
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When She Woke
A Novel
Hillary Jordan - 2011-10-04
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In this provocative novel set in a not-too-distant future, a stigmatized woman navigates a world where church and state are intertwined and convicted felons' skin colors are genetically altered to match their crimes. Hannah, a Red whose crime is murder, seeks safety and faces self-discovery as she questions the righteousness of a country that politicizes faith.
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Parable of the Sower
A Novel
Octavia E. Butler - 2000-01-01 (first published in 1993)
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Enter a world decimated by chaos and violence in this gripping novel. Lauren Olamina is one of the few survivors in a crumbling Los Angeles, struggling to maintain hope with her family behind the safe walls of their compound. But when tragedy strikes, Lauren sets out on a dangerous journey to salvation, facing a world ravaged by drugs, disease, war and water shortages. With hyperempathy, a rare condition that makes her incredibly sensitive to the pain of others, Lauren must navigate through a hostile landscape to reach safety, and perhaps even bring about a new and better future for mankind.
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The Testaments
The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood - 2019-09-10
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Experience the explosive and highly anticipated sequel to the classic novel, The Handmaid's Tale. In The Testaments, Margaret Atwood explores the inner workings of Gilead through the testimony of three female narrators, providing answers to the questions readers have been asking for decades. Atwood draws on the world we live in today as well as the inspiration of her devoted readers to deliver a thrilling and unforgettable sequel.
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Woman on the Edge of Time
A Novel
Marge Piercy - 1985-11-12 (first published in 1976)
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A woman is declared insane, but in reality she's in touch with the future, able to communicate with the year 2137. With her doctors pressuring her to undergo surgery, she must decide whether to heed the lessons of the future.
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Only Ever Yours
Louise O'Neill - 2014-07-03
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Explore a world where girls, called "eves," are raised to please men in Louise O'Neill's Only Ever Yours. Best friends freida and isabel must ensure they stay in the top ten most beautiful girls in their year to become companions to powerful men. But when the boys arrive to choose brides, freida must fight for her future and possibly betray the only friend and love she has ever known. The pressure to be perfect is intense and dangerous in this gripping story.
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed
The Children of Men by P. D. James
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa
The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist
The Bees by Laline Paull
Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh