Top Ten Tuesday: Books in a Post Apocalyptic Setting

August 13, 2013 Cormac McCarthy, Dan Wells, Demitria Lunetta, Isaac Marion, Julie Kagawa, Justin Cronin, Karen Thompson Walker, Kresley Cole, Mindy McGinnis, Post-Apocalyptic, Rick Yancey, Top Ten Tuesday 18

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and weeks topic is:

 Top Ten: Books in a Post-Apocalyptic Setting

I love the post-apocalytpic genre, and I doubt I will ever tire of it.  The perfect post-apocalyptic story, for me, will have the following sequences:
1) People going about their normal lives.
2) Rumors, news of something that’s NOT QUITE RIGHT.  Fear builds.
3) The threat is identified (Zombies! Meteor strike! Alien invasion! Deadly virus! Nuclear war!)  Full-on panic time!
4) Many people are dead.  Depending on the nature of the initial threat, it may still be in place or it may have left a new threat behind.
5) Survivors must learn how to live in this new world.

So let’s take a look at some of the events that can lead to an apocalypse.  I’ve focused on environmental catastrophes, man-made catastrophes (war, experimenting with a virus that gets out of control), and monstrous invasions.  Have I depressed you enough?  Let’s have some fun!

Environmental Catastrophes

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole: See my review here.
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker: See my review here.

Man-made Catastrophes

Partials by Dan Wells: See my review here.
The Passage by Justin Cronin

Vampires, Aliens, and Zombies, oh my!

The Immortal Rules by Julie KagawaSee my review here.
In the After by Demitria LunettaSee my review here.
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey:  See my review here.

Your turn!  What are your top 10 books in XYZ setting?

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18 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books in a Post Apocalyptic Setting”

  1. Audrey @ The Book Analyst

    Okay, I love post apocalyptic novels so I love this Top Ten Tuesday. Also, I love how you broke it up by types of apocalypse. Loved The Immortal Rules and was surprised that I liked The Passage so much considering how long it was.

  2. justcaffeinated

    Love the way you broke down your list this week! I haven’t read any of these titles but I am curious about The Age of Miracles. Have also heard great things about The 5th Wave and Not a Drop to Drink 🙂

    My TTT

  3. Erin @ Pursuit of Good Reads

    I’m such a fan of the post apocalyptic genre! The 5th Wave is currently my favorite! Have you read The Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler? It’s about a sixteen year old who creates a new religion/following while attempting to survive after America succumbs to all of our current pressures from environment abuse/drug abuse. It fits right in with your list!

    Checking out your review for The Age of Miracles now!

    My TTT


    Great list! Loved the 5th Wave and The Age of Miracles! Have you read The Last Survivor series by Susan Beth Pfeffer? A great fit for your topic — and I’ll second the recommendation of The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. Incredible book.

    My TTT


    Ahhh, I want to read nearly all of these books: Not a Drop to Drink, The Road, The Age of Miracles, The Passage, The 5th Wave and Warm Bodies. Great list!

  6. Jen Em

    Warm Bodies was a fun book and I usually hate zombie books. I want to read The 5th Wave, its been on my TBR list for awhile. Great list!!

  7. Books_Buying_Beauty

    Not a Drop to Drink seems pretty popular hopefully the hype serves it well. I think it might be my next purchase when I read 4 more books.

    Love how you did the separation of apocalypses.

    Ashley & Sean

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