After The Handmaid's Tale - What Now?

After The Handmaid's Tale - What Now?

The Handmaid’s Tale, published in 1986 by Margaret Wood has made waves across the world.  When I arrived home in September from Italy, I was shocked by the phenomenon.  Since then I have read the novel, which was a best-seller back in the 80’s.  I found the book slow but changed the way I thought while reading it.  I enjoyed the book more thinking about what life was like in 1986 and realized the book was brilliant.


The book falls squarely within the twentieth-century tradition of dystopian novels, exemplified by classics like Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and George Orwell's 1984.  Now that it’s arrived on SBS On Demand, and winner of 8 Emmy awards, we can’t get enough of the hype. But if you are like us and already streamed the whole series, read the novel, and wondering what now, we have you covered. 

Here are three more dystopian books to satisfy your dystopian craving:

1. The Knowing by Samantha Mabry

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Samara doesn't forget. And she isn't the only one. Safe underground in the city of New Canaan, Samara lives in a privileged world free from the Forgetting.  She wonders if she is free, with the memories that plague her and secrets that surround her. Samara is determined to unearth the answers, even if she must escape to the old, cursed city of Canaan to find them.

Someone else is on their way to Canaan too, a spaceship from Earth is heading toward the planet, like a figment of the city's forgotten past. Beck is traveling with his parents; researchers tasked with finding the abandoned settlement effort. While stranded without communication, Beck finds more in Canaan than he trained in. What will happen when worlds and memories, beliefs and truths collide?

2. The Innocence Treatment by Ari B. Goelman 

You may believe the government protects you, but only one girl knows how they use you.

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Lauren has a disorder that makes her believe everything her friends tell her, and she thinks everyone is her friend. Her innocence puts her at constant risk, so when she gets the opportunity to have an operation to correct her condition, she seizes it. But after the surgery, Lauren is changed. Is she a paranoid lunatic with violent tendencies? Or a clear-eyed observer of the world who does what needs to be achieved?

Told in journal entries and therapy session transcripts, The Innocence Treatment is a collection of Lauren's papers, annotated by her sister long after the events of the novel. A compelling YA debut thriller that is part speculative fiction and part shocking tell-all of genetic engineering and government secrets, Lauren's story is ultimately an electrifying, propulsive, and spine-tingling read.

3. Elites of Eden (Children of Eden #2) by Joey Graceffa

The highly anticipated sequel to the instant #1 New York Times bestseller Children of Eden.

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Two girls, one destiny.

Yarrow is an elite: rich, regal, destined for greatness. She’s the daughter of one of the most influential women in Eden. At the private Oaks boarding school, Yarrow makes life miserable for anyone foolish enough to cross her. Her life is one wild party after another until she meets a fascinating, lilac-haired girl named Lark.

Meanwhile, there is Rowan, who has been either hiding or running all her life. As an illegal second child in a strictly regulated world, her very existence is a threat to society, punishable by death, or worse. After her father betrayed his family, and after the government killed her mother, Rowan discovered a whole city of people like herself. Safe in an underground sanctuary that also protected the last living tree on Earth, Rowan found friendship, and maybe more, in a brave hero named Lachlan. But when the government captured her, her fate was uncertain.

When these two girls discover the thread that binds them together, the collision of memories means that their lives may change drastically and that Eden may never be the same.

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Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist.  Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.

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