There are many theories about what lies ahead and what mankind and the Earth will look like in the not to distant future. The post-apocalyptic science fiction book allows people to gaze past the horizon of their reality and catch a glimpse of a frightening future of mankind’s making. For those who love post-apocalyptic thrillers, the following 10 books will be a feast for your mind and fuel your dreams and imaginings.
Mockingjay (Hunger Games)
In this the third installment of the Hunger Games series, Suzanne Collins takes readers in a totally unexpected direction. Through the eyes of Katniss Everdeen, we see what happens to love, life, and hope in this dystopian future. Everyone must make difficult decisions and live with them while straining to maintain their sanity and their humanity amidst gut-wrenching destruction. Can love and life exist in a horrifyingly hellish reality? In Mockingjay we get the answer.
In The Stand by Stephen King, a human-engineered super-flu kills most of humanity and leaves the few survivors living in a desert-like world. King’s superb writing makes this an engrossing novel. It has richly drawn, unforgettable characters that confront the meaning of good and evil. The survivors embrace dreams and visions, seek solace where they can, and must confront and defeat Randall Flag and his evil minions through brave and extraordinary actions in the face of betrayal to find personal redemption.
The 5th Wave: The First Book of the 5th Wave Series
Rick Yancey’s 5th Wave is a wildly entertaining novel. It starts with a gigantic alien ship coming into Earth’s orbit and raining down attacks in a series of waves. An electromagnetic pulse knocks out all power and is followed by tsunamis, disease, and body snatching. The action is fast and furious as humanity, led by a group of youngsters, fights to survive. Yancy’s engrossing, well-crafted tale grabs your imagination and never lets go.
Angelfall: Penryn & the End of Days, Book 1
Set in L.A. after an apocalyptic earthquake, Susan Ee’s Angelfall is an intense, end-of-the-world fantasy adventure. The storytelling is gripping and the action often horrifying as angels and tiny demons sting, suck the life force out, and devour their human victims. Penryn, an engaging and resourceful 17 year old girl, is narrator, protagonist, and leader of a band of youth fighting to save mankind.
This Hugh Howey novel is about humans living deep underground because earth’s surface is toxic. When Juliette, a beloved mechanic, is chosen for a suicide mission to the surface to clean the sensors that let light in, the workers rebel. Howey’s richly textured novel builds as the story swiftly moves along. His chilling words create the terrifying and claustrophobic underground world in which these earthlings live.