Six Books You Should Read After Watching The Handmaid’s Tale

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What do you get when you combine a collapsing fertility rate, a second American Civil War and a totalitarian government? Gilead. The backdrop for The Handmaid’s Tale, the story of a dystopian society that forces fertile women (called Handmaids) assigned to the homes of the ruling elite to bear children for their masters (called Commanders) and their wives. At the center of the story lives Offred, played by the brilliant Elisabeth Moss, a Handmaid captured early on in the resistance and assigned to the home of a leading government official. Offred makes it her mission to break free from the clutches of Gilead and find her way back to a life and family she once had. As you wait for Season 5 to premiere, we’ve rounded up six dystopian novels that will leave you thinking and your heart pounding well after the last page.