A is for Apocalypse

So – have you picked out the books you want to read before the end of the world tomorrow? Since most of us know the chance of an apocalypse happening is virtually zero (I guess we can’t rule out everything), we’re putting off our end-time reading lists for now. But, just in case you find some extra time to read, check out one of these ten apocalyptic novels. Even if we won’t experience the real thing, we might as well read about it the safety of our bunkers… I mean living rooms!


Apocalypse 2012 – Gary Jennings

  • In ancient Mexico, the End-Time Codex–prophesizing the world’s end in 2012–is entombed. A young Aztec-Mayan slave tells its story in this sweeping historical thriller.

Ashes of the Earth: A Mystery of Post-Apocalyptic America – Eliot Pattison

  • In a post-apocalyptic world, Hadrian Boone, a fallen founder of the colony of Carthage, joins forces with a policewoman to investigate the camps of outcasts in the hopes of discovering who murdered the colony’s leading scientist.

Black Monday – R. Scott Reiss

  • In the wake of a globally disastrous plague involving a microbe that consumes oil while destroying all gas-operated machinery, the survival of the world’s governments and markets falls on the shoulders of a single individual.

The Children of Men – P.D. James

  • The year is 2012. The country is under the absolute rule of the Warden. Then by chance, Theo Faron meets a young woman who seeks to challenge the power of the Warden’s regime.

The Dog Stars – Peter Heller

  • Surviving a pandemic disease that has killed everyone he knows, a pilot establishes a shelter in an abandoned airport hangar before hearing a random radio transmission that compels him to risk his life to seek out other survivors.

Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth’s Last Days – Tim F. Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

  • After millions of people around the world vanish in one moment, in what many claim to be the Rapture, Rayford Steele begins a search for the truth amidst global chaos.

One Second After – William R. Forstchen

  • One man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war, in one second, a war based upon an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) weapon that will send America back to the Dark Ages.

Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood

  • A novel of the future explores a world that has been devastated by ecological and scientific disasters.

The Passage – Justin Cronin

  • The latest test subject in a covert government experiment, abandoned six-year-old Amy is rescued by an FBI agent who hides them in the Oregon hills, from which Amy emerges a century later to save the human race from a terrifying virus.

World Made by Hand – James Howard Kunstler

  • A powerful tale of love, loss, violence, and desperation, World Made by Hand is also lyrical and tender, a surprising story of a new America struggling to be born–a story more relevant now than ever.


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