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Apocalyptic fiction

  • Author:
    Williams, David
    Summary:

    A riveting and unexpected novel that questions whether a peaceful and nonviolent community can survive when civilization falls apart. When a catastrophic solar storm brings about the collapse of modern civilization, an Amish community in Pennsylvania is caught up in the devastating aftermath. Once-bright skies are now dark. Planes have plummeted to the ground. The systems of modern life have crumbled. With their stocked larders and stores of supplies, the Amish are unaffected at first. But as the English (the Amish name for all non-Amish people) become more and more desperate, they begin to invade Amish farms, taking whatever they want and unleashing unthinkable violence on the peaceable community. Seen through the diary of an Amish farmer named Jacob as he tries to protect his family and his way of life, When the English Fall examines the idea of peace in the face of deadly chaos: Should members of a nonviolent society defy their beliefs and take up arms to defend themselves' And if they don't, can they survive' David Williams's debut novel is a thoroughly engrossing look into the closed world of the Amish, as well as a thought-provoking examination of "civilization" and what remains if the center cannot hold.

  • Author:
    Wendig, Chuck
    Summary:

    A decadent rock star. A deeply religious radio host. A disgraced scientist. And a teenage girl who may be the world's last hope. From the mind of Chuck Wendig comes an astonishing tapestry of humanity that Harlan Coben calls "a suspenseful, twisty, satisfying, surprising, thought-provoking epic." Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and her sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And like Shana, there are other "shepherds" who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead. For on their journey, they will discover an America convulsed with terror and violence, where this apocalyptic epidemic proves less dangerous than the fear of it. As the rest of society collapses all around them-and an ultraviolent milita threatens to exterminate them-the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic. The terrifying secret will either tear the nation apart-or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered world. Advance praise for Wanderers "With Wanderers, Chuck Wendig levels up-and when you consider the high level he was already writing at, that's saying something."-John Scalzi, New York Times bestselling author of The Consuming Fire "A riveting examination of America-fiction that feels more real than reality itself."-Scott Sigler, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Generations Trilogy "Wanderers is Chuck Wendig at his best. The book is beautiful and harrowing-and timely as hell in its depiction of a very real world on the edge of the abyss. I loved it."-Richard Kadrey, New York Times bestselling author of The Grand Dark "Unexpected and enthralling...'pproach Wanderers like it's a primetime television series, along the lines of The Passage [or] Lost. Break it up into seventy-page segments that you can devour like candy for an hour each evening. Let it unfold across your summer...' Make Wanderers a summer reading priority; you won't regret it."-Book Riot

  • Author:
    Lewis, Beth
    Summary:

    True Grit meets The Road in this postapocalyptic psychological thriller--narrated by a young girl who has just learned that her adopted father may be a serial killer, and that she may be his next victim. Everything Elka knows of the world she learned from the man she calls father, the solitary hunter who took her under his wing when she was just seven years old. He has taught her how to shoot, track, set snares, and start fires-all the skills she needs to survive in a frozen, lawless land where civilization has been destroyed and men are at the mercy of the elements and each other. But the man Elka thought she knew so well is harboring a terrible secret. He's a killer. A monster. And now that Elka knows the truth, she too is in danger. Armed with nothing but her knife and the survival skills he's taught her, Elka makes her escape and sets out on a journey to the frozen north in the hope of finding her long-lost parents. But judging by the trail of blood and bodies dogging her footsteps, daddy won't be letting his little girl go without a fight. If Elka's going to survive, she'll have to turn and confront not just him, but the truth about what he's turned her into. The Wolf Road is an intimate, cat-and-mouse tale of justice and revenge, played out against a vast, unforgiving landscape--told by an unforgettable, tough-as-nails young heroine whose struggle to escape the terrors of her past and rejoin humanity are at once horrifying and heartbreaking.

  • Author:
    Brunner, John
    Summary:

    A prophetic look at the potential consequences of the escalating destruction of the Earth.

  • Author:
    Sparks, Edward
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    Trapped in a London laboratory during a worker uprising in 1924, ex-artillery officer and physics instructor Jeremy Tuft awakens 150 years later - in a neo-medieval society whose inhabitants have forgotten how to build or operate machinery. Not only have his fellow Londoners forgotten most of what humankind used to know, before civilization collapsed, but they don't particularly care to re-learn any of it. Though he is at first disconcerted by the failure of his own era's smug doctrine of Progress, Tuft eventually decides that post-civilized life is simpler, more peaceful. That is, until northern English and Welsh tribes threaten London - at which point he sets about reinventing weapons of mass destruction.

  • Author:
    Hodgson, William Hope
    Summary:

    In the far future, an unnamed narrator, who along with what remains of the human race dwells uneasily in an underground fortress-city surrounded by brooding, chaotic, relentless Watching Things, Silent Ones, Hounds, Giants, 'Ab-humans,' Brutes, and enormous slugs and spiders, follows a telepathic distress signal into the unfathomable darkness. The Earth's surface is frozen, and what's worse - at some point in the distant past, overreaching scientists breached 'the Barrier of Life' that separates our dimension from one populated by 'monstrosities and Forces' who have sought humankind's destruction ever since. Armed only with a lightsaber-esque weapon called a Diskos, and fortified only by his sense of Honor, our hero braves every sort of terror en route to rescue a woman he loves but has never met.

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

    In the eighth book in the saga of those left behind, those who were left behind after the Rapture must now make a crucial decision. Each person must choose whether to receive the mark of the beast, or die. Never has faith in God been more important for the group of believers called the Tribulation Force.

  • Author:
    Shah, London
    Summary:

    At the end of the twenty-first century, the world has changed dramatically, but life continues one thousand feet below the ocean's surface. In Great Britain, sea creatures swim among the ruins of Big Ben and the Tower of London, and citizens waver between fear and hope: fear of what lurks in the abyss and hope that humanity will soon discover a way to reclaim the planet. Meanwhile, sixteen-year-old Leyla McQueen has her own problems to deal with. Her father's been arrested, accused of taking advantage of victims of the Seasickness-a malaise that consumes people, often claiming their lives. But Leyla knows he's innocent, and all she's interested in is getting him back so that their lives can return to normal. When she's picked to race in the London Submersible Marathon, Leyla gets the chance to secure his freedom: the Prime Minister promises the champion whatever their heart desires. The race takes an unexpected turn, though, and presents her with an opportunity she never wanted: Leyla must venture outside of London for the first time in her life, to find and rescue her father herself. Now, she'll have to brave the waters and defy a corrupt government determined to keep its secrets, all the while dealing with a secretive, hotheaded companion she never asked for. As she discovers a world drowning in lies, how much longer can Leyla hold out hope for the truth? If she fails or falls prey to her own fears, she risks capture-or worse. And her father might be lost forever.

  • Author:
    LaHaye, Tim F.
    Summary:

    It has been three and a half years since the Rapture took up the bodies of the innocent to Heaven. As the world mourns the death of a renowned leader, the Tribulation Force looks for the next predicted sign -- that Satan will take possession of the Antichrist and raise him from the dead.

  • Author:
    Collins, Suzanne
    Summary:

    In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

  • Author:
    Simmons, Kristen
    Summary:

    In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya's luck runs out and she's caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.

  • Author:
    Brody, Jennifer
    Summary:

    One thousand years after a cataclysmic event leaves humanity on the brink of extinction, the descendants of the chosen survivors take refuge in thirteen contingency shelters buried deep underground, at the bottom of the ocean, and in the far reaches of outer space. In the underwater 13th Continuum, sixteen-year-old Myra Jackson has heard rumors and whisperings all her life of a magical place called "The Surface" where people could breathe fresh air, feel the warmth of something called sunlight on their skin, and see things known as stars and trees and mountains. Myra has never dared to ask whether the stories are true-since the very act of speaking such words aloud is an offense punishable by death. But after she discovers that the air supply aboard her underwater colony is running out, she realizes that her only hope for survival is to find this mysterious place. To get there, she must first recover the only guide to the Surface- the Beacon, an ancient device that also connects her to Captain Aero Wright, a dashing young soldier from one of the only remaining space colonies. With the fate of all humankind depending on them, Myra and Aero must escape the tyrannical forces that rule their colonies, journey through the black depths of the ocean and across the cold void of space, and find each other on the Surface that their ancestors once called home.

  • Author:
    Mandel, Emily St. John
    Summary:

    One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains, charting the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor's first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.

  • 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:
    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:
    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:
    Rice, Waubgeshig, Merasty, Billy
    Summary:

    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:
    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!

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