YA Reads While you Wait: Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Posted April 11, 2017 by Stacey in Blog, Book Adaptations / 1 Comment

I have not read Margaret Atwood’s THE HANDMAID’S TALE, but I’m super excited to check out the new Hulu show premiering April 26.  The themes and the topics in Atwood’s 1985 dystopian have spread to YA and beyond over the last 30 years. The buildup to the adaptation’s premiere has gotten me more interested in the story (may have to check out the audiobook) and thinking about the YA books I’ve read or seen that share some of the same themes and ideas of The Handmaid’s Tale. The dystopian or post-apocalyptic world where either men or women are being used for their base biological makeup to produce more humans is one that has always intrigued me.

The dystopian or post-apocalyptic world where either men or women are being used for their base biological makeup to produce more humans is one that has always intrigued me. I’ve been reading books set in similar type worlds for a while and never realized where the ideas came from. I’m sure Atwood’s story isn’t the first, but I’m sure in some way it’s impacted modern YA. With the show coming to a streaming box near you in a few weeks, I thought I’d give you some YA books to check out while you wait.

First up are two books that show a real world imprisonment. These are books that show young girls whose lives are totally out of their own control. One is sold into sex trafficking and the other is confined by social norms when becoming a teen widow.

 

This next set of books are all set in dystopian or post-apocalyptic worlds and the girls (or society) are repressed in some way and have futures that are beyond their control.

 

This final set of books are the ones that are most close to the Handmaid’s Tale in theme/plot. They are deal with girls who are baby mills in one way or another.

 

Stacey

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One response to “YA Reads While you Wait: Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”

  1. Patty Cummings

    The Eve Trilogy is awesome! My girls have really enjoyed those. They are currently reading something I recommend which is Sara Pascoe’s book Being A Witch and Other Things I Didn’t Ask For. It’s fantastic.

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