Top 10 books about the apocalypse | Books | The GuardianIs it because the end of life on Earth is so impossible to comprehend, or that it feels so frighteningly close at hand? I personally enjoy the terrible dread of dropping into a world near enough to my own that the path it takes to destruction is unsettlingly familiar. Apocalypse films and TV shows keep me on the edge of my seat, heart giddily racing — The Walking Dead , where the horrors perpetrated by the living outpace the deeds of the un dead; World War Z and 28 Days Later occupy their own space in my psyche. Perhaps the reason we are so curious about the big apocalypse is that so many of us have sustained our share of tiny ones. I wrote my book Black Wave as an exploration of an actual, environmental apocalypse, as well as to plumb my own personal apocalypses: the times that my world felt irrevocably changed, some part of it absolutely gone, in the ending of a long relationship or a reckoning with alcoholism.
Top 10 books about the apocalypse
With the shelves clogged with end of the world horror, here are some that caught my eye. Keep reading for the best books about the apocalypse. Just how important is saving the arts during the end of the world? Well, to The Traveling Symphony, a small troupe of traveling actors and musicians, keeping the arts alive is a way of life. Kirsten Reynolds vividly remembers the day when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in her city, and within weeks, civilization as she knew it has come to an end. One thing that I have always questioned in these post-apocalyptic books is: what are these characters fighting for?
There's still time for you to catch up… for now. The s were an extremely popular time for dystopian and post-apocalyptic books, after World War II caused people to start thinking about widespread destruction and societal downfall. After a mostly fruitless cross-country road trip searching for fellow human life, Ish agrees to have children with another survivor, Emma. They form a new society of sorts, but without electricity or other modern advantages, they must revert to a semi-primitive lifestyle: hunting and gathering for food and eschewing literacy in favor of survival skills. As a result, Earth Abides is a frightening yet fascinating glimpse into a world without many resources, and a grippingly realistic portrayal of how society would adapt following such a destructive event. Though most think of Will Smith's charismatic turn in the blockbuster, the original post-apocalyptic novel was, well, legend for its time.
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The world felt like it ended in Then again in Aside from the scavengers steadily stripping the empty city to its bones, only a few thousand people remain, content to live quietly among the crumbling metropolis. Many, like the narrator, are there to try to escape the demons of their past. Those remaining turn to magic and sacrifice to cleanse the Earth.
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Post Apocalyptic. Post-apocalyptic fiction is set in a world or civilization after such a disaster. The time frame may be immediately after the catastrophe, focusing on the travails or psychology of survivors, or considerably later, often including the theme that the existence of pre-catastrophe civilization has been forgotten or mythologized. Post-apocalyptic stories often take place in an agrarian, non-technological future world, or a world where only scattered elements of technology remain. There is a considerable degree of blurring between this form of science fiction and that which deals with dystopias.