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30 Post-Apocalyptic Fiction Books

Sage Kalmus
The list author says: "The end of the world is nigh...or so they say. Whether it's plague, climatic disaster, or something far more mysterious, what happens afterwards is the inspiration for these wild visions - some disturbing, others inspiring."
The Stand
The Stand
"The seminal work of post-apocalyptic fiction."
A Canticle for Leibowitz
A Canticle for Leibowitz
"This 1959 classic of the genre was one of the first and fiercest indictments of the nuclear possibility that literature has presented."
Lucifer's Hammer
Lucifer's Hammer
"Not the first post-apocalyptic yarn by any measure. But maybe the best."
Free Will Flux
Free Will Flux
"A worldwide earthquake. A planet in chaos. Reality's fabric - time, space, matter - unraveling. Into this, a man without a past awakens."
Cat's Cradle
Cat's Cradle
"In Ice 9, Vonnegut came up with the most inventive cause of the apocalypse ever!"
Oryx and Crake
Oryx and Crake
"A cautionary tale for a culture on the brink."
The Year of the Flood: A Novel
The Year of the Flood: A Novel
"More from the world of Oryx and Crake told from two of the other characters' perspectives."
The Last Man
The Last Man
"Mary Shelley (of the original Frankenstein) writes of the year 2100 back in 1812 in a prescient quest for meaning and salvation from our own devices. Looks like it's going to be a film soon too."
Alas, Babylon
Alas, Babylon
"Ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances when those extraordinary circumstances are the end of the world."
Earth Abides
Earth Abides
"What awaits the lone survivor of a plague that wipes out humanity?"
Wastelands
Wastelands
"OK, it's not a novel per se, but still, all these short stories are on the apocalypse, and they're from some of speculative fiction's best, like Stephen King, Jonathan Lethem, and Orson Scott Card."
Amnesia Moon
Amnesia Moon
"How the world beyond the end of the world might look once the frontiers of the mind have been crossed."
The Postman
The Postman
"A strange beacon of hope in a post-war apocalypse. You may remember the Kevin Costner film, but the book is (even) better."
The Oblivion Society
The Oblivion Society
"The end of the world has never been so much fun. This cynical romp punches a hole in the whole genre."
Wind In The Ashes
Wind In The Ashes
"Hardcore post-apocalyptic action adventure, old western style."
Last Light
Last Light
"Civilization will be the death of mankind, but not in its due course. Because the power brokers who designed the world as we know are at it again. And if they can't have the world their way, then no one can."
One Second After
One Second After
"Forget about the day after. Can we even survive past the moments after?"
The Walk
The Walk
"If the end of the world were televised, it might look like this."
Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse: A Novel
Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse: A Novel
"A base and bawdy satire of the hysterical mass post-apocalyptic vision, the apocalypse here seems more to be one of the soul."
Snowfall (The Snowfall Trilogy, Book 1)
Snowfall (The Snowfall Trilogy, Book 1)
"A stark survival anthem for the human spirit, set against a bitter and brutal post-apocalyptic backdrop as a man tries to lead his family from the deathly northern cold to more temperate southern climes."
Everything Matters!: A Novel
Everything Matters!: A Novel
"How would you live your life if you knew from the very beginning how it all would end. Not your life, but the world. And you'll be around to see it. A powerful meditation on finding meaning."
Mara and Dann: An Adventure
Mara and Dann: An Adventure
"In Doris Lessing's post-apocalyptic ice age, children are a precious commodity, someone's taking them in the night. But is it for their own good?"
Three Mokes East
Three Mokes East
"A vivid and well-researched history of the future as seen on a road trip across an American wasteland."
Moonlight
Moonlight
"Zombies and vampires populate this gory post-apocalyptic reality, with horrific consequences."
Quentel: A Post-Apocalyptic Novel
Quentel: A Post-Apocalyptic Novel
"Think "Lord of the Flies" on a global scale."
Swan Song
Swan Song
"A good vs. evil tale with rich and immensely lovable characters set in a post-nuclear world, you almost forget it's classified as "horror"."
Eternity Road
Eternity Road
"The search for the proverbial tree of knowledge in the ashes of an industrial and technological Eden."
The Scarlet Plague
The Scarlet Plague
"Classic novelist Jack London presents a unique type of post-apocalyptic tale, one about the present as told by an elder to the children of a future born from its ashes."
Summer of the Apocalypse
Summer of the Apocalypse
"A far-reaching fathers and sons tale told in two time periods through the same characters perspective, the plot resonates with the dualistic themes of past and future, old and new, tradition and invention, control and adaptation."
Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse
Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse
"This neo-militaristic tale focuses on the socio-political ramifications of the end of the world, a stimulating read whether you agree with the reasoning or not."