The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood: After a terrorist attack kills the President and most of Congress, the government is deposed and taken over by the oppressive and controlling Republic of Gilead. Offred, now a Handmaid serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job before she lost even her own name. Despite the danger, Offred learns to navigate the intimate secrets of those who control her every move, risking her life in breaking the rules in hopes of ending this oppression.
The TV show: The Handmaid's Tale is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller. The first season premiered in April 2017. In May 2017, it was renewed for a third season to premiere on June 5, 2019. The Handmaid's Tale has received widespread critical acclaim and won eight Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series. It has also won Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series Drama and Best Actress for Elisabeth Moss, who plays Offred.
Check out the following dystopian titles that reflect the haunting lives of the Handmaids and the resistance that follows to make a difference in a world of unfathomable rights.
Green City, capital of South West Asia: War and disease have brought the ratio of men to women at alarmingly low levels. To reinstate the world's population, women must take multiple husbands to have children as quickly as possible. Yet there are women who resist, ones who live in underground collectives hiding from the system and only emerging at night to provide Green City with intimacy without sex.
Golden Oaks is a Hudson Valley "health" retreat houses expectant mothers who are given luxurious accommodations and rewards to produce the "perfect" baby, not for themselves to keep, but for wealthy women. A Filipino immigrant is forced to choose between a life-changing payment for her womb or the freedom of the outside world.
Abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants life, liberty, and property to embryos. In a small Oregon town, five different women try to navigate the new barriers, along with age-old questions surrounding motherhood and identity.
In a future world, the government decrees that women cannot speak more than one hundred words a day. Soon women are not permitted to hold jobs and young girls are not taught to read and write. For Dr. Jean McClellan, her daughter, and every woman silenced - she will find a way to reclaim their voices.
In the future, abortion has become a crime as a series of events threatens the existence of the United States. One woman wakes up to discover that her skin color has been changed to red as punishment for having the procedure done. Now she must embark on a dangerous journey in order to find refuge from a hostile and threatening society.