End of the World Reading List

Sometimes it feels like the world is ending. Especially when #dystopia is trending. If you've ever wondered what happens to the survivors, take a look at these books to find out how the ones left behind go on and try to make a new life.

 

1984 by George Orwell
Under totalitarian reign, all thought is monitored by Big Brother and the telescreens placed everywhere.   

 

 

 

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The totalitarian state practices selective breeding and mass conditioning. Everyone is divided into castes and individuality, family and solitude is strongly discouraged.

 

 

 

Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States, now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans.

 

 

 

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Global civilization has collapsed after a flu-like pandemic, but a troupe of roving musicians and actors perform Shakespeare’s plays for a new generation.

 

 

 

The Road by Cormac McCarthy
A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. 

 

 

 

Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
Earth's rotation suddenly begins to slow down, resulting in catastrophic events, as a young girl comes of age. 

 

 

 

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
First in the MaddAddam Trilogy, a story of enduring love in the midst of a bleak future. 

 

 

 

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
In a future North America, the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another.

 

 

 

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Tally Youngblood lives in a futuristic society that acculturates its citizens to believe that they are ugly until age 16 when they'll undergo an operation that will change them into pleasure-seeking "pretties." When she rebels, they threaten to keep her “ugly” forever.

 

 

 

War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
For more than one hundred years this compelling tale of the Martian invasion of Earth has enthralled readers with a combination of imagination and incisive commentary on the imbalance of power that continues to be relevant today.

 

 

 

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. 
In the depths of the Utah desert, long after the Flame Deluge has scoured the earth clean, a monk of the Order of Saint Leibowitz has discovered holy relics from the life of the great saint himself. In a terrifying age of darkness and decay, these artifacts could be the keys to mankind's salvation. 

 

 

 

Passage by Justin Cronin
First, a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear.

 

 

Into the Forest by Jean Hegland
Two young girls struggle to survive as the terror of war descends on their idyllic northern California world. 

 

 

 

Did you favorite dystopian book not make our list? Tell us in the comments below.

Laurie C. & Saima K. 

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