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Apocalyptic fiction

  • Author:
    Maberry, Jonathan
    Summary:

    In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother's footsteps and become a bounty hunter.

  • Author:
    Burgess, Tony
    Summary:

    Winner, 2011 ReLit Award. From the author of Pontypool Changes Everything,

    Ravenna Gets is a new collection of “wheeled” stories that continue the author’s exploration of “apocalypse fiction.” In a single convulsion of homicide, the population of Ravenna tries to erase the population of Collingwood. The innocent, standing in their living rooms, cooking in their kitchens, and playing in their yards, are simply checked off by hunting rifles or crossed out by farmers’ tools. There is one thing missing, however, as the bodies fall from what might have been better stories, better novels, and it’s this: everything.

    Praise for Ravenna Gets: “Tony Burgess sits in infinite judgement on rural Ontario life, insisting with infuriating calmness that not even one fine red curly hair separates the poetry of mundane existence from sudden, inexplicable violence. Ravenna Gets belongs on the same shelf as Lesy’s Wisconsin Death Trip and Springsteen’s Nebraska.” (Darren Wershler, author of Guy Maddin’s My Winnipeg, and, with Bill Kennedy, Update) “…out on the edge and experimental to the point of reader-confusion, but surprisingly alluring. When taking a reader to the cliff edge, then the writing must be as enticing as chocolate even if the story smells bad. I don’t get it and I didn’t enjoy it, but I couldn’t look away: This poetic, fast-flying nihilistic narrative of carnage is well done.” (The Globe & Mail) "The world of Tony Burgess is savage and blackly funny. After all, he wrote the CanLit zombie classic Pontypool Changes Everything. It’s a place where you shouldn’t trust anybody, not even your narrator. This is not Alice Munro’s small-town Canada. Burgess rips open the guts of Canadian literature, thankfully: someone’s got to do it." (Uptown Magazine)

  • Author:
    Chappell-Pollack, Nancy, Nelson, Colleen
    Summary:

    In Kaia's world, setting foot Outside can be deadly. The safety of the City has kept humans alive as the climate destroys the world; floods, famine, one disaster after another has kept people living in fear. But the City has found a way to survive sustainably: it is run by the energy generated by its Citizens. In the City, energy is the new currency and when someone can no longer produce enough, they are killed. Kaia is a Citizen, one of the few deemed genetically perfect enough to live under the protective dome of the City. The Prims, those who were not granted entry, fight for survival on the Mountain. But when Kaia discovers her mother is alive and living as a Prim, she escapes the safety of the City to find her and learns the truth about the Prims and the sinister world she left behind.

  • Author:
    Wellington, David
    Summary:

    Finnegan is a positive, susceptible to the zombie virus. He must endure the last two years of the incubation period in a special facility, but when the military caravan transporting him there is attacked, Finn finds himself alone in a dangerous land amid hordes of zombies.

  • Author:
    Allan, Nina, Anders, Charlie Jane, Barker, Clive, Campbell, Ramsey, Delany, Samuel R., Di Filippo, Paul, Drummond, Ron, Kaneko, Rumi, Kelso, Chris, Machado, Carmen Maria, Mamatas, Nick, Miéville, China, Singh, Nikhil, Skipp, John, Christian, Autumn, Mandel, Emily St. John, Sugawara, D.R.G., Tambour, Anna, Thomas, Jeffrey, Tidhar, Lavie, Warren, Kaaron
    Summary:

    Featuring new and exclusive stories, as well as classics of the genre, Grassmann takes us through the fall and beyond, to the things that are created after. Calling on the finest traditions of post-apocalyptic fiction, this anthology asks us what makes us human, and who we will be when we emerge out of the ruins? Featuring work from China Miéville, Emily St John Mandel, Clive Barker, Carmen Maria Machado, Charlie Jane Anders, Samuel R. Delaney, Ramsey Campbell, Lavie Tidhar, Kaaron Warrern, Anna Tambour, Nina Allan, Jeffrey Thomas, Paul Di Filippo, Ron Drummond, Nikhil Singh, John Skipp, Autumn Christian, Chris Kelso, Rumi Kaneko, Nick Mamatas and D.R.G. Sugawara.

  • Author:
    Forstchen, William R.
    Summary:

    Two years after the detonation of nuclear weapons above the United States brought America to its knees, the survivors of Black Mountain, North Carolina, learn that most of their young people are to be drafted into an "Army of National Recovery." Town administrator John Matherson protests, believing all is not as it should be with this burgeoning government.

  • Author:
    Gingrich, Newt, Forstchen, William R.
    Summary:

    In a small North Carolina town, one man struggles to save his family after America loses a war that will send it back to the Dark Ages. This is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real.

  • Author:
    LaHaye, Tim F., Jenkins, Jerry B.
    Summary:

    The third book in the saga of those left behind, "Nicolae" follows the adventures of The Tribulation Force, made up of pilot Rayford Steele, Chloe, his daughter, and reporter Buck Williams, as they wander the Earth after the Rapture.

  • Author:
    Dobkin, Bonnie
    Summary:

    When a biological terrorist attack kills all adults on Earth, children stranded at an amusement park work together to survive, led by Milo whose father was an engineer there, but when new threats arise and suspicions grow, rebellion erupts.

  • Author:
    Levin, Adam
    Summary:

    From the award-winning author of Bubblegum and The Instructions, a daring new novel about the absurdity, the humor, and the tragedy of survivorship. A one-in-ten-billion natural disaster devastates Chicago. A Jewish comedian, his most devoted fan, and the city's mayor must struggle to move forward while the world--quite literally--caves beneath their feet. With this polyphonic tale of Chicago-style politics and political correctness, stand-up comedy and Jewish identity, celebrity, drugs, and animal psychology, Levin has constructed a monument to laughter, love, art, and resilience in an age of spectacular loss.

  • Author:
    Rice, Waubgeshig
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    A daring post-apocalyptic novel from a powerful rising literary voice. With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off, people become passive and confused. Panic builds as the food supply dwindles. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives, escaping the crumbling society to the south. Soon after, others follow. The community leadearship loses its grip on power as the visitors manipulate the tired and hungry to take control of the reserve. Tensions rise and, as the months pass, so does the death toll due to sickness and despair. Frustrated by the building chaos, a group of young friends and their families turn to the land and Anishinaabe tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again. Guided through the chaos by an unlikely leader named Evan Whitesky, they endeavor to restore order while grappling with a grave decision. Blending action and allegory, Moon of the Crusted Snow upends our expectations. Out of catastrophe comes resilience. And as one society collapses, another is reborn.

  • Author:
    Wells, H. G.
    Summary:

    In the summer of 1921, a disenchanted journalist escapes the rat race for a drive in the country. But Mr. Barnstaple's trip exceeds his expectations when he and other motorists are swept 3,000 years into the future. The inadvertent time travelers arrive in a world that corresponds exactly to Barnstaple's ideals: a utopian state, free of crime, poverty, war, disease, and bigotry. Unfettered by the constraints of government and organized religion, the citizens lead rich, meaningful lives, passed in pursuit of their creative fancies. Barnstaple's traveling companions, however, quickly contrive a scheme to remake the utopia in the image of their twentieth-century world.

  • Author:
    Smith, Adrian J.
    Summary:

    In war, the true self is revealed. Ryan Conners and The Nameless are injured and trapped. With options running low, new allies and old adversaries must come together in the pivotal battle for the fate of humanity.

  • Author:
    Felker-Martin, Gretchen
    Summary:

    Beth and Fran spend their days traveling the ravaged New England coast, hunting feral men and harvesting their organs in a gruesome effort to ensure they'll never face the same fate. Robbie lives by his gun and one hard-learned motto: other people aren't safe. After a brutal accident entwines the three of them, this found family of survivors must navigate murderous TERFs, a sociopathic billionaire bunker brat, and awkward relationship dynamics--all while outrunning packs of feral men, and their own demons.

  • Author:
    Anderle, Michael, Lawson, Hayley
    Summary:

    Two-hundred years ago the earth was destroyed by the World's Worst Day Ever. Keeping his head down for the last few centuries, a mutated vampire has taken advantage of the new post-apocalyptic normal. Now, Ryder is provided an opportunity to escape his tyrannical rule...but she won't stand for simply disappearing, it's time for justice. Taking one mutated vampire down should be no problem, right? Wrong! Throw in a newly developed herd of zombies, and Ryder is facing a full recipe for disaster. Get ready to enjoy the ride!

  • Author:
    Anderle, Michael
    Summary:

    Ryder had gone from the impossible to the highly improbable with Massimo and Leandro. But can she do better? While the vegetarian vampire, werewolf, and bearded mountain man are willing to support her, Ryder needs an army to attack Afana if she wants to do better than throw away the lives of herself and her new friends. Will Massimo and Leandro be able to help her out one more time? Justice will be served one way or another. But will Ryder be alive to see it happen?

  • Author:
    Atwood, Margaret
    Summary:

    Months after the Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of humanity, Toby and Ren have rescued their friend Amanda from the vicious Painballers. They return to the MaddAddamite cob house, which is being fortified against man and giant Pigoon alike. Accompanying them are the Crakers, the gentle, quasihuman species engineered by the brilliant but deceased Crake. While their reluctant prophet, Jimmy--Crake's one-time friend--recovers from a debilitating fever, it's left to Toby to narrate the Craker theology, with Crake as Creator. She must also deal with cultural misunderstandings, terrible coffee, and her jealousy over her lover, Zeb. Meanwhile, Zeb searches for Adam One, founder of the God's Gardeners, the pacifist green religion from which Zeb broke years ago to lead the MaddAddamites in active resistance against the destructive CorpSeCorps. Now, under threat of an imminent Painballer attack, the MaddAddamites must fight back with the aid of their newfound allies, some of whom have four trotters. At the center is the extraordinary story of Zeb's past, which involves a lost brother, a hidden murder, a bear, and a bizarre act of revenge.

  • Author:
    LaHaye, Tim F., Jenkins, Jerry B.
    Summary:

    Throughout the world, people have mysteriously disappeared. Theories abound--terrorists, UFOs, aliens from another planet. For those who have been left behind, the apocalypse has just begun.

  • Author:
    Smith, Nicholas Sansbury
    Summary:

    After a hurricane ravages the Vanguard Islands, the Hell Divers must seize Panama from its ravenous mutant denizens, unaware of the rebellion brewing back home.

  • Author:
    Rishi, Farah Naz.
    Summary:

    In this high concept YA novel debut that's We All Looked Up meets The Sun Is Also a Star, three teens must face down the mistakes of their past after they learn that life on Earth might end in less than a week. News stations across the country are reporting mysterious messages that Earth has been receiving from a planet-Alma-claiming to be its creator. If they're being interpreted correctly, in seven days Alma will hit the kill switch on their "colony" Earth. True or not, for teenagers Jesse Hewitt, Cate Collins, and Adeem Khan, the prospect of this ticking time bomb will change their lives forever. Jesse, who has been dealt one bad blow after another, wonders if it even matters what happens to the world. Cate, on the other hand, is desperate to use this time to find the father she never met. And Adeem, who hasn't spoken to his estranged sister in years, must find out if he has it in him to forgive her for leaving. With only a week to face their truths and right their wrongs, Jesse, Cate, and Adeem's paths collide as their worlds are pulled apart.

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