Have you been watching Orphan Black on Netflix? The fifth and final series airs on 11th June and I’m going to miss it so much when it’s over. I’ll loved watching the escapades of Sarah Manning and her sestras as they unlock the secrets of their own clone biology.
As the series is now coming to an end, I thought I’d look for something to fill the void and have come up with 10 bio-punk books well worth reading if you loved Orphan Black!
The Island of Dr. Moreau – H.G Wells
We couldn’t talk about Orphan Black and bio-punk without a mention for the book that is integral to the series. If Jules Verne had no idea what steampunk was, then we suspect H.G Wells also had never heard of bio-punk, but that doesn’t stop The Island of Dr Moreau topping the genre for us.
Leviathan – Scott Westerfield
If Steampunk was the new genre of the 20th century then bio-punk is the new genre for the 21st century. Leviathan combines the two in the first book of this brilliant trilogy full of steampunk machines and genetically modified monsters.
Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood
Maybe Orphan Black’s big appeal is that the genetic engineering plays second place to the story, of family, lives, and love. If you agree then it’s likely you’ll love Oryx and Crake, adventure romance with a side of bio-punk.
While a science fiction show, the series was very grounded in real issues such as race, sex, gender, and religion featuring a multi-national cast, various sexualities and a transgender character, played by a transgender actor (yay!).
I absolutely loved it, and I know much of the team did too and brilliant storylines aside, I loved the fact that Amanita, played by Freema Agyeman worked at the City Lights Bookstore, meaning it was featured in various episodes. And if you were hanging out for more bookstore references there was a second one with a mention for Shakespeare and Co in the finale too! Read More
That isn’t stopping us from lapping it up of course and if you’ve been eagerly awaiting season 6 then here’s the trailer. Read More
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