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Can anyone recommend some dystopian feminist novels?

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LoopyLoopyLoopy Fri 20-Sep-13 07:52:34

I've written a feminist dystopian novel, and am looking to read as much as I can in the genre before desperately seeking an agent.

Obviously I have a list, but so many books of this type are written for young adults. If anyone has any recommendations, 'd be very grateful


happygirl87 Fri 20-Sep-13 11:03:34

Handmaid's Tale- Margaret Atwood

Vatta Fri 20-Sep-13 11:07:21

Anything by Margaret Atwood.

The hunger games sequence.

Honestly just google it, there's loads!

GandTnow Fri 20-Sep-13 11:11:02

Angela Carter, most of it. Some Michelle Roberts.

KoalaFace Fri 20-Sep-13 11:13:04

Divergent by Veronica Roth. Its YA but worth a read.

The Handmaid's Tale is the best example I can think of.

LoopyLoopyLoopy Fri 20-Sep-13 13:44:44

Hunger Games is YA too.

I'm looking for something more edgy really

drwitch Fri 20-Sep-13 13:48:54

women on the edge of time (marge piercy) has a present, a utopian future and a dystopian future communicating with each other

LoopyLoopyLoopy Fri 20-Sep-13 13:50:36

Actually, I'm not sure edgy is the word.

I've read lots of Atwood. THMT is exactly the sort I am looking for - definitely aimed at an adult reader, with very difficult, adult themes.

Thanks for all your suggestions.

sleepyhead Fri 20-Sep-13 13:52:59

The Cleft by Doris Lessing. Starts out utopian (on the surface) but goes all wrong.

LapsedPacifist Fri 20-Sep-13 15:06:16

Ursula leGuin - "Left Hand of Darkness", "Hainish" series.

Anything by Joanna Russ, in particular "The Female Man" and "We Who Are About To ..."

Marge Piercy - "Woman on the Edge of Time".

Doris Lessing - Shikasta, "Canopus in Argos" series.

Some of these could be better described as 'utopian' rather than 'dystopian' but because most were written during the 1960s-80s they are novels which deal with issues to do with gender and society in self-conciously experimental ways and might be of interest. Mainstream authors Attwood and Lessing began writing sci-fi/fantasy because they felt the genre gave them the freedom to explore new ideas about feminism emerging in the 60s and 70s.

Takver Sat 12-Oct-13 22:52:31

There's quite a few in the Women's press science fiction series.

The really obvious ones I guess are Walk to the End of the World and Motherlines by Suzy McKee Charnas.

Also Native Tongue / the Judas Rose by Suzette Hagen Elgin

phoolani Sat 12-Oct-13 22:54:59

Sarah hall's The Carhullen (sp?) Army?

GinAndaDashOfLime Sat 12-Oct-13 22:56:45

Yes The Carhullan Army. Brilliant, feminist / lesbian dystopia

ReluctantCamper Sat 12-Oct-13 23:01:48

Grass by Sherri Tepper, it's amazing

The gate to women's country, same author. not as good imo, but more 'feminist'.

good luck agent hunting!

TheDoctrineOfSpike Sat 12-Oct-13 23:02:02

Yes tonThe Cleft.

NiceCupOfTeaAndAPartyRing Sun 05-Oct-14 16:43:47

I'm wondering if I know who this OP is!
This thread is a year old, apologies for reanimating it but 'Only Ever Yours' by Louise O'Neill fits this bill perfectly. I've just finished it and was blown away.

LoopyLoopyLoopy Sun 05-Oct-14 16:47:51


Coffeethrowtrampbitch Sun 05-Oct-14 16:52:34

I'd recommend looking at the Partials series by Dan Wells, it is dystopian YA fiction with strong female heroines. The author says in his dedication they were inspired by his daughters' strength of character.

MarriedDadOneSonOneDaughter Wed 15-Oct-14 15:45:07

Is a feminist dystopian novel the same as a novel that describes the world as it is today?

smile Sorry, just being silly with language there ....

VestalVirgin Sat 14-Nov-15 19:30:55

Married, well, reality does not seem very far from the world depicted in The Handmaid's Tale, so one could say that.

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