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Literary Dystopias, Ranked by How Likely You'd Be to Survive Them

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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

This is an okay dystopia if you are a man, and a terrible one if you are a woman who enjoys things like bodily autonomy. You have a much smaller chance of surviving this one, I’d say. The thing about The Handmaid’s Tale is that the war isn’t some far-flung piece of ancient history that people barely remember. The Sons of Jacob only took over like five minutes ago. Offred, for instance, has frequent flashbacks to the life she had before.

My point is that the new world order in The Handmaid’s Tale is just too fresh. Protagonist or not, you’d probably defy the patriarchy and find yourself snatched up by the secret police. Which, you know, go you! But also yikes.

Topics: Books
Tags: books we love, 1984, the hunger games, classic literature, the giver, fahrenheit 451, divergent, brave new world, the handmaid's tale, may the odds be ever in your favor (or not), literary dystopias

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