I feel fine, this being despite the love affair with what happens when the world around us collapses. In a time where we’re still avidly awaiting the next seasons of The Walking Dead, The 100, and Defiance lets take a moment to look at the books that take us beyond the end of all we know.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
In a novel set in an indefinite, futuristic, post-apocalyptic world, a father and his young son make their way through the ruins of a devastated American landscape, struggling to survive and preserve the last remnants of their own humanity.
The Stand by Stephen King
A monumentally devastating plague leaves only a few survivors who, while experiencing dreams of a battle between good and evil, move toward an actual confrontation as they migrate to Boulder, Colorado.
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
First published in 1959 to critical acclaim and enduring popularity, a new edition of the landmark novel follows the struggle of the Monks of the Order of Saint Leibowitz to preserve the remnants of civilization after a nuclear war and to protect them against tyranny.
The 100 by Kass Morgan
Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth’s radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents — considered expendable by society — are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life…or it could be a suicide mission.
World War Z by Max Brooks
An account of the decade-long conflict between humankind and hordes of the predatory undead is told from the perspective of dozens of survivors who describe in their own words the epic human battle for survival.
The Last Man by Mary Shelley
The last man by Mary Shelley marks the beginning of a new genre in the field of literature, the post-apocalyptic fiction. Set in the 21st century, this novel is the premonition of a dark future, where a deadly plague brings an end to human civilization. An immaculate amalgamation of subtle romance, destructive wars and a catastrophic plague.
The Passage by Justin Cronin
An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy—abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape—but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
In the aftermath of a cataclysmic event, sixteen-year-old Evie, from a well-to-do Louisiana family, learns that her terrible visions are actually prophecies and that there are others like herself–embodiments of Tarot cards destined to engage in an epic battle.
Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
“Alas, Babylon.” Those fateful words heralded the end. When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness.
Patriots by James Wesley Rawles
After a cataclysmic financial crisis prompts a total collapse of American society and forces people to fend for themselves, a group of protagonists make their way to a shared secure ranch in northern Idaho, where they struggle to survive against violent looting and natural hazard.
One Second After by William R. Forstchen
Apocalypse prophecies and terrorist uprisings in a near-future world erupt when all of the planet’s technologies abruptly stop working, triggering global looting, food riots, and insurrections; a situation that places humanity’s fate in the hands of a small mountain village in the American south.
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she’s sure it holds a secret that will save the city. She and her friend Doon must decipher the message before the lights go out on Ember forever!
Swan Song by Robert McCammon
In a nightmarish, post-holocaust world, an ancient evil roams a devastated America, gathering the forces of human greed and madness, searching for a child named Swan who possesses the gift of life.
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
A novel of the future explores a world that has been devastated by ecological and scientific disasters.