Looking for books to satisfy your Agent Carter feels?
I’m so stoked that Peggy Carter, Jarvis, and the gang are back for season 2 of Agent Carter. I think it’s one of the best shows on tv! It wears its feminism on its sleeve, has great witty writing, and Peggy is the total best. After watching the season two premiere, I was clamoring for more books that evoke the same feel. So here we go!
Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff! This sci-fi novel is so engrossing and one of the main characters is Kady, who is basically future hacker Peggy. Howard Stark with his genius mind would probably go crazy for AIDAN, the artificial intelligence of the spaceship.
Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond! Perhaps an obvious choice because Lois, like Peggy, is a famous comic book character. Gwenda’s Lois Lane origin story sucked me in because of how awesome Lois is. She takes no shit like Peggy and is relentless in her desire to help people and prove herself as a journalist (or an SSR agent, same thing). Just like Agent Carter’s season 1 did a great job at integrating Steve/Captain America into the show in a way he didn’t overshadow it, so does Gwenda in how she constructs Clark Kent.
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby! Maybe a less obvious choice… but in the same way Agent Carter is proud of its feminism, so is Bone Gap. I think Peggy would love Roza and Petey, two girls who are overlooked because of their gender and their looks and fight to save themselves. Agent Carter also has Sousa, a disabled character who is capable of taking care of himself and more than just his war injury. Bone Gap also has a main character with a surprising disability, who is more than just a disability.
Vicious by V.E. Schwab! A superhero/villain novel! This novel captured the comic book feel and though it’s about two men, it also has a sister relationship as its second anchor. Much like Captain America was a science experiment, Victor and Eli both experiment on themselves. There’s a very interesting rationale behind how powers/ability types manifest in people which I haven’t seen done before.
All the Rage by Courtney Summers! This book is hard and painful and gut-wrenching. It’s rape culture and sexism and misogyny and all the things Peggy fights daily. This story, tonally, is very different from the Agent Carter aesthetic, but all the same issues are there.
The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne! This political contemporary is a girl’s coming of age story. It has no explosions or flamingos or toxic gas that makes an entire theater full of people maul each other. But Kate’s journey reminds me of Peggy. She stays true to her ideals, especially on the important issue of immigration and fights for the people she loves. This book might not as be as flashy as Agent Carter is, but I think, at its core, it has the same tone (and of course a great female character leading it).
The Conspiracy of Us & Map of Fates by Maggie Hall! Also another book that has the same feel to me. But different from Wrong Side. Conspiracy has the whirlwind and intrigue and action. Avery is not a boss fighter like Peggy, but she uses her intellect to make her way through a new world she’s just uncovering for the first time. She’s also struggling to find her power because there are too many adults and a mandate/prophecy trying to steal her agency. But Avery, like Peggy, is not going to give in. She’s going to make her own way.
Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee! This is a historical, just like Agent Carter, but set like 100 years before in the late 1840s. Sam and Annamae face sexism and danger on the Oregon Trail as they flee slavery, racism, and a murder charge. Just like Peggy and Angie had such a great relationship (ANGIE, WE MISS YOU), Sam and Annamae take care of each other on this harrowing journey.
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson! Another superhero/villain story you guys just can’t miss! I love this book so much.
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin! So I just finished this book and have so many feels but Yael has been through hell and is still so full of feels and goodness and dedicated to her mission and Captain America and Peggy would be horrified if the Axis Powers had won the war and just please everyone read this book. It is incredible and like a darker Agent Carter but with amazing Yael.
What books would you put on this list? Have you read any of these? DON’T YOU LOVE AGENT CARTER?