Crime Fiction Books to Read If You Miss Netflix’s Black Mirror Series

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The thing that tends to captivate audiences about Black Mirror is its depth. Not only is there a fresh, hellish dystopia in each episode… we’d expect that of any dark science fiction. In addition to the initial problem, there are cascading failures of other problems within the initial conceit. And that makes it fascinating. In honor of the next season, returning to our screens in 2025, or to keep things going after you binge it, here are eight books that read like Black Mirror.

Enjoy the mental gymnastics that is this list of Black Mirror-like books!

Mary Kay McBrayer is the author of America’s First Female Serial Killer: Jane Toppan and the Making of a Monster. You can find her short works at Oxford American, Narratively, Mental Floss, and FANGORIA, among other publications. She co-hosts Everything Trying to Kill You, the comedy podcast that analyzes your favorite horror movies from the perspectives of women of color. Follow Mary Kay McBrayer on Instagram and Twitter, or check out her author site here.