For most of us, Sundays are a day to relax before the working week kicks back in. While the city slows down, it’s the perfect opportunity to dive into a book and get lost in the pages of a mesmerising story. Before you know it, you’re captivated and can’t seem to leave your seat!
Dystopian novels can be particularly enchanting - dark, twisted, bizarre, and eerily relevant. Take a look at our favourites and challenge yourself by taking up a new read this week.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
In an age of declining birth rates, Offred and the rest of the Handmaids only have one use: to breed. Offred may depart from the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to visit the food market, but must report back to her duties at once. Between reminiscent visions of her beloved husband and daughter from her past, we follow Offred living life as a Handmaid, until an unexpected twist leaves Offred questioning her future.
1984 by George Orwell
We couldn’t possibly forget a classic. Orwell’s nightmare of a vision depicts a totalitarian state where everything is controlled down to one’s thoughts. However, something sparks within one particular citizen, Winston Smith, and awakens new possibilities.
Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
Although branded as a Young Adults book, Blackman’s Noughts & Crosses lingers in the mind of all who come across it. Sephy is a Cross, the dark-skinned ruling-class, and Callum is a Nought, the ‘colourless’ underclass who were previously slaves to the Crosses. Society is torn by the hatred between the two classes, yet Sephy and Callum transcend the status quo and explore a relationship that jeopardises them both.
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Another Atwood recommendation is her peculiar tale of Snowman, formerly known as Jimmy before the world around him deteriorated and left him as possibly the only human left behind. Nature has been poisoned by the plague and the animals haven’t looked the same ever since. Isolated and delirious, Snowman embarks on an unusual journey to find the answers to the many questions that haunt him.
Now it’s over to you, which book are you going to explore next?