What are the best science-fiction or fantasy books with feminist theme?

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    #1The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle)

    The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle)
    The Dispossessed, the 5th book in Ursula Le Guin's Hainish Cycle is about Shevek, a physicist out to reunite the people of Uras and the utopian anarchist people of Anarres, who have long been divided because of ideology.

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    Pamela Wright
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I've read all the books in the Hainish Cycle series, and have to say that The Dispossessed is the best yet. Ursula Le Guin's gift for description and character development really shines. I also bought a copy for my son, who is heavily into her writing."
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    #2The Mists of Avalon

    The Mists of Avalon

    The Mists of Avalon is a fantasy novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It is a retelling of the Arthurian legends as told from the perspective of Morgraine, and features mainly the other women in the stories: Gwenhwyfar, Viviane, Morgause, and Igraine.


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    Frances Adams
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Great book! There aren't many sci-fi/fantasy books with a strong female main character, but this is definitely a great one."
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    #3The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games is the first novel of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins which centers on Katniss Everdeen who volunteers as tribute to replace her younger sister in a game televised and ruled by a dictatorial government.


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    Virginia Perry
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "It's hard to think that it's a feminist story, but I guess it is. It's just a good movie, that's all. Guys, girls, people, in a good movie about survival. "
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    #4The V Girl

    The V Girl
    Set in a post-apocalyptic America, this book narrates the story of Lila Velez, a young girl desperate to lose her virginity to whoever she wishes. She is afraid the enemy troops will visit her village and take her with no consequences, as sexual slavery is not forbidden. Despite not quite trusting him, she falls for Aleksey Fürst, a foreign man who turns to be very possessive and jealous.


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    Scott Medina
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Maybe a little know, it's a good book nonetheless. Pretty good reviews and a solid plot make this a good book the read."
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    #5Graceling (Graceling Realm)

    Graceling (Graceling Realm)
    Graceling is a book by Kristin Cashore that tells a story about Katsa. She is smart and beautiful who lives in the Seven Kingdoms where people are born with Grace. She was blessed with killing grace but thing changed when she met Po.

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    Bruce Bowman
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I love reading Science Fiction! if you like Sci-Fi especially ones that have strong female characters, this book is for you! When I read this, I could not put it down, it really envelopes you and before you know it, you'll be done and wanting more."
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    #6A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)

    A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)
    A Wrinkle in Time, the first in Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quartet series, is centered on how Meg Murry and her family met an unearthly stranger during a stormy night and was introduced to the tesseract, which is the book's term for a wrinkle in time.

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    Ruth Reynolds
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This is a fantastic book, especially for young girls. The smart and fearless heroine is truly magnificent. I purchased the book for my young son to help him see that girls can kick butt too!"
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    #7The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle)

    The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle)

    The Left Hand of Darkness, the 4th book in Ursula K. Le Guin's Hainish Cycle series, is about a human ambassador sent to the planet Winter, where there is no sexual prejudice and inhabitants can change gender anytime.


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    Albert Walters
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I liked the main character in this book. The story line was average at best though."
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    #8Kushiel's Dart (Kushiel's Legacy)

    Kushiel's Dart (Kushiel's Legacy)

    Sold into servitude as a child, Phédre nó Delaunay was trained for a nobleman to excel in everything. One day, she gets kidnapped by some barbarians from the North, and with a young warrior-priest, they will have to get back to their home to warn their people about the imminent invasion that is to come. 


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    Amanda Thomas
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Books are still lacking with heroines and feminists. This book misses the mark as the beginning of the tale begins with her as a slave to a nobleman and doesn't get better from there. There are other better tales than this one. Keep shopping."
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    #9Woman on the Edge of Time

    Woman on the Edge of Time

    Woman on the Edge of Time is Marge Piercy's 1976 novel with themes about gender and race. This book depicts Connie, an American in the 1970s who was contacted by an envoy from the future and was shown different outcomes of humanity.


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    Victoria Henderson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Woman on the Edge of Time is a good book, but may not be appropriate for all audiences depending on your personal view. There is liberalist ideas in this book, so beware. Otherwise, this is a great futuristic book."
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    #10Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)

    Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)

    Cinder by Marissa Meyer is the first novel in The Lunar Chronicles series. This book is about a 16-year-old cyborg named Cinder who has an evil stepmother who volunteers her for plague research after her stepsister got infected by a deadly plague.


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    George Weber
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Happens in the future around 100 years into the 4th world war. There is life on the moon and there is a sense of existence. The people on the moon have some ability and mind control over the earthlings or if you want to call them humans you can call them that too because it happens in the future the people are not realy humans anymore. I am almost 40 and i thought this was not going to be a good read but boy was i wrong. "
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    #11Lilith's Brood

    Lilith's Brood

    Lilith's Brood is the complete set of the famous science fiction trilogy from the award-winning author Octavia E. Butler, the Xenogenesis trilogy. The story presents a dystopic future where mankind struggles to rebuild civilization.


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    Henry Lawrence
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Lilith's Brood is a great sci fi book, especially for female fans of the genre. The book is dark and disturbing and impossible to put down."
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    #12Sabriel (Old Kingdom Series)

    Sabriel (Old Kingdom Series)

    The first book of the 'Old Kingdom' series starts to narrate the adventures of Sabriel, a girl who ever since his childhood has lived away from the dangerous world of the undead. Now, she must go to search for his father who is missing, and dive into the unexplored Old Kingdom along the members of her crew. 


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    Bobby Cruz
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "I found it to be a little slow for me. I much prefer the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson, but this is a good read too. There is joy to be had with this though, so I'd recommend it. "
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    #13Parable of the Sower (Earthseed)

    Parable of the Sower (Earthseed)
    Parable of the Sower, the 1st book in the Parable series, is a futuristic dystopian novel written by Octavia Butler, a Hugo and Nebula Award winner. It tells the story of Lauren Olamina, who is trying to survive and bring order back to a chaotic world.

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    Parakram Sen
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Parable of The Sower has a strong feminist lead which details an truly vivid story worth reading over and over again."
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    #14Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness)

    Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness)
    Alanna: The First Adventure, the first book in Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness series, is about Alanna, her twin brother Thom, and their pursuit of the life fated to the other. Alanna wants to be a knight, while Thom wants to be a mage.

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    Gregory Jenkins
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Alanna is a nice little book with a theme that is definitely the popular topic. I just don't like this kind of book theme though."
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    #15Honoured Enemy (Legends of the Riftwar)

    Honoured Enemy (Legends of the Riftwar)

    Honoured Enemy is a science fiction book that belongs in the Legends of the Riftwar series written by Raymond Feist and William Forstchen that tells the story of war, love, and vengeance. 


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    Daniel Lopez
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "What I love about this book is the large range of emotions from the perspectives of both of the main characters. I actuslly found it very easy to follow and difficult to put down. What I found odd was the end of the book as it appeared to have ended abruptly. "


Best What are the best science-fiction or fantasy books with feminist theme
1The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle)Books 30 Paid
2The Mists of AvalonBooks 27 Paid
3The Hunger GamesBooks 25 Paid
4The V GirlBooks 24 Paid
5Graceling (Graceling Realm) Books 23 Paid
6A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)Books 22 Paid
7The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle)Books 20 Paid
8Kushiel's Dart (Kushiel's Legacy)Books 19 Paid
9Woman on the Edge of TimeBooks 18 Paid
10Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)Books 15 Paid

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