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Best Apocalyptic Books

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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....
Parable of the Sower
A Novel
Octavia E. Butler - Feb 28, 2017 (first published in 1993)
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In 2025, with the world descending into madness and anarchy, one woman begins a fateful journey toward a better future.Lauren Olamina and her family live in one of the only safe neighborhoods remaining on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Behind the walls of their defended enclave, Lauren’s father, a preacher, and a handful of other citizens try to sal...
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, ...
The Fifth Season
N. K. Jemisin - Aug 04, 2015
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Original cover edition here THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS. AGAIN.Three terrible things happen in a single day.Essun, masquerading as an ordinary schoolteacher in a quiet small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Mighty Sanze, the empire whose innovations have been civilization's ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
The Way of Kings
Book One of the Stormlight Archive
Brandon Sanderson - Mar 04, 2014
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According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms. And the Voidbringers followed...They came against man ten thousand times. To help them cope, the Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and m...
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Wool
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...
The Eye of the World
Robert Jordan - Sep 18, 2014 (first published in 1990)
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The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. But one truth remains, and what mortal men forget, the Aes Sedai do not ...What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the shadow....
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
Commune by Joshua Gayou
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Earth Abides by George R. Stewart
Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller
On The Beach by Nevil Shute
[Dies the Fire] By by S M Stirling
The Postman by David Brin
The Book of M by Peng Shepherd
World Made by Hand by James Howard Kunstler