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Best Apocalyptic Books

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Best Apocalyptic Books
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The Road
Cormac McCarthy - Mar 28, 2006
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The searing, post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son's fight to survive.A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, ...
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The Stand
Stephen King - Jan 01, 2011 (first published in 1978)
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First come the days of the plague. Then come the dreams.Dreams that warn of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of the charnel house and Prince of Evil.His time is at hand. His empire grows in the west and the Apocalypse looms....
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Station Eleven
Emily St. John Mandel - Jun 02, 2015 (first published in 2014)
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A National Book Award FinalistA PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end. Twenty...
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World War Z
An Oral History of the Zombie War
Max Brooks - Oct 16, 2007 (first published in 2006)
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An alternate cover for this isbn can be found here.The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once...
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One Second After
William R. Forstchen - Nov 24, 2009
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New York Times best-selling author William R. Forstchen now brings us a story which can be all too terrifyingly real ... a story in which one man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war, in one second, a war that will send America back to the Dark Ages ... A war based upon a weapon, an Electro Magnet...
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Swan Song
Robert McCammon - Jul 26, 2016 (first published in 1987)
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An ancient evil roams the desolate landscape of an America ravaged by nuclear war. He is the Man with the Scarlet Eye, a malevolent force that feeds on the dark desires of the countless followers he has gathered into his service. His only desire is to find a special child named Swan—and destroy her. But those who would protect the girl are determin...
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Earth Abides
A Novel
George R. Stewart - Mar 28, 2006 (first published in 1949)
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A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dre...
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A Canticle for Leibowitz
Walter Miller - Jul 01, 1993 (first published in 1959)
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In a barbarous and fallen world, the monks of the Order of Leibowitz inherit the sacred relics and spend their lives copying, illuminating and interpreting the holy fragments. They vow to preserve ancient knowledge, but will man learn from his mistakes or will history repeat itself?...
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The Passage
A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy)
Justin Cronin - May 17, 2011 (first published in 2010)
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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 Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl—and risk...
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Hugh Howey - Mar 12, 2013 (first published in 2012)
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For suspense-filled, post-apocalyptic thrillers, Wool is more than a self-published ebook phenomenon―it’s the new standard in classic science fiction.In a ruined and toxic future, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect the...
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Alas, Babylon
Pat Frank - Jul 05, 2005 (first published in 1959)
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"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...
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Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven
On The Beach by Nevil Shute
Blindness by Jose Saramago
The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey
The Postman by David Brin
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
CyberStorm by Matthew Mather
Into the Forest by Jean Hegland
Eternity Road by Jack McDevitt
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
Going Home by A. American
Lights Out by David Crawford
Emergence by David R. Palmer
Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban
Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky
[Dies the Fire] By by S M Stirling
Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
The Book of M by Peng Shepherd
World Made by Hand by James Howard Kunstler
The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
Dust by Hugh Howey
A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Shift by Hugh Howey
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Edge of Collapse by Kyla Stone
Calizona by Ralph Rotten
Holding Their Own by Joe Nobody
Down to a Sunless Sea by David Graham
The Death of Grass by John Christopher
Empty World by John Christopher
All City by Alex Difrancesco
The Slynx by Tatyana Tolstaya
Pilgrimage to Hellby Jack Adrian by Jack Adrian
Patriots by James Wesley Rawles
The Lightest Object in the Universe by Kimi Eisele
The Last Ship by William Brinkley