2. 1984 by George Orwell
"I still have the original paperback. It has a very peculiar cover. A lot of cleavage. It was the age of a lot of cleavage on paperbacks. You could buy them in drug stores. I'm sure a lot of people read classic literature because [of] the lurid covers. My dad was a scientist and he had a bunch of them. And then all of a sudden, we were reading Faulkner, Hemingway, and of course, Orwell."
3. The Accursed Kings by Maurice Druon
"A good plot has to have something happening in it that’s of interest to the characters and, we hope, the reader. It could be any number of things. In [The Accursed Kings], an historical saga taking place in the reign of Philip the Fair, it’s evisceration and having your entrails burnt on a bed of coals. That kind of thing. A big inspiration for Game of Thrones, by the way."
4. Night of the Living Dead by George Romero
"The production values aren’t great, but who cares? The structure is perfect. It begins in a cemetery and [thanks to some] cosmic process, out of the Earth come dead people. That's the moment when zombies stopped being old-fashioned and started being the zombies we have today."
While these works may vary widely in style and tone, they all offer harrowing pictures of worlds on the brink... and we can't wait to revisit everyone's favorite dystopia, Gilead, in The Testaments, which is set to be released in September 2019.
Yes indeed to those who asked: I’m writing a sequel to The #HandmaidsTale. #TheTestaments is set 15 years after Offred’s final scene and is narrated by three female characters. It will be published in Sept 2019. More details: https://t.co/e1umh5FwpX pic.twitter.com/pePp0zpuif— Margaret E. Atwood (@MargaretAtwood) November 28, 2018