Category: Dystopian

The Testaments – Margaret Atwood

READ FOR BOOKERTHON The sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale in which the republic of Gilead is taken down. ⚑ “I haven’t anticipated a book as much as this one since Go Set a Watchman was released (side story: when I bought Go Set a…

The Cage – Lloyd Jones

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS The Cage is a profound and unsettling novel about humanity and dignity and the ease with which we’re able to justify brutality. ⚑ “It’s like Lloyd Jones got in my head and seeing my worst fears was then inspired…

A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Becks Amongst a backdrop of dystopian violence is a story about good and evil and the right to human freedom.  ⚑ “I was left a wee bit traumatised after reading A Clockwork Orange in 6th Form English and so was…

Oryx & Crake – Margaret Atwood

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo An unforgettable story of love, friendship and biologically modified humans in an alternative reality where pharmaceutical companies rule. ➽ “Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake is another one of her chilling dystopian novels which kept me gripped right to the end….

Exit West – Mohsin Hamid

READ FOR BOOKERTHON In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young lovers hear whispers about doors that can whisk people far away, albeit perilously and for a price. ◉ “If I had to pigeonhole Exit West I would call it…

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel A class of women, known as handmaids, are kept for reproductive purposes in a reality radically overturned by a theocratic revolution. ◉ “This read was a return to one of my all time favourite books. I wondered would it be…

The Childhood Of Jesus – J M Coetzee

READ FOR TEN YEAR BOOKCLUB REUNION Chosen by Rachel A haunting and surprising novel about childhood and destiny in which a boy is separated from his mother on a boat bound for a new land. ◉ “I first read this book soon after its release when Suzy…