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.
- Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy by Carrie Ryan
- The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
- Landry Park by Bethany Hagen
- Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie
- Possession Trilogy by Elana Johnson
- The Cage Trilogy by Megan Shepherd
- The Lone City Series by Amy Ewing
- Eve Trilogy by Anna Carey
- Bumped Duology by Megan McCafferty
- The Chemical Garden Series by Lauren DeStefano
- The Registry Trilogy by Shannon Stoker