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Best Post 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....
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, ...
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...
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...
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...
Oryx and Crake
Margaret Atwood - May 01, 2004
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Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved. In search of an...
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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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Ben Shapiro
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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Ben Shapiro
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...
I Am Legend
Richard Matheson - Nov 12, 2019 (first published in 1954)
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Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth... but he is not alone. Every other man, woman and child on the planet has become a vampire, and they are hungry for Neville's blood.By day he is the hunter, stalking the undead through the ruins of civilisation. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.How long can one man su...
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Feng Zhu
Lucifer's Hammer
A Novel
Larry Niven - May 12, 1985 (first published in 1977)
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alternate cover for ISBN 0708813623The chances that Lucifer's Hammer would hit the earth head-on were one in a million. Then one in a thousand. Then one in a hundred. And then ... even less....
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Wool by Hugh Howey
On The Beach by Nevil Shute
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
The Postman by David Brin
Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
Blindness by Jose Saramago
The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
Emergence by David R. Palmer
Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky
The Death of Grass by John Christopher
The Slynx by Tatyana Tolstaya
Eternity Road by Jack McDevitt
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
Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood
CyberStorm by Matthew Mather
Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
Into the Forest by Jean Hegland
The Book of M by Peng Shepherd
Farnham's Freehold by Robert A. Heinlein
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Roadside Picnic by Arkady Strugatsky
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher
Shift by Hugh Howey
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Shadow & Claw by Gene Wolfe
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Twelve by Justin Cronin
Calizona by Ralph Rotten
Holding Their Own by Joe Nobody
Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle
[Dies the Fire] By by S M Stirling
Down to a Sunless Sea by David Graham
Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice
A Gift Upon the Shore by M.K. Wren
Empty World by John Christopher
All City by Alex DiFrancesco
Pilgrimage to Hellby Jack Adrian by Jack Adrian
Patriots by James Wesley Rawles
The Trees by Ali Shaw
World Made by Hand by James Howard Kunstler
The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett
The Disappearance by Philip Wylie
The Chaos Function by Jack Skillingstead