Dystopian Delight

If you feel like the world is ending, don't worry, there's a book for that!

Updated October 31, 2022
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The road
McCarthy, Cormac
At once brutal and tender, despairing and rashly hopeful, "The Road" is a fierce and haunting meditation on the tenuous divide between civilization and savagery, and the sometimes terrifying power of filial love.
The wolf road : a novel
Lewis, Beth
Elka barely remembers a time before she knew Trapper. She was just seven years old, wandering lost and hungry in the wilderness, when the solitary hunter took her in. In the years since then, he's taught her how to survive in this desolate land where civilization has been...
VanderMeer, Jeff.
Named one of the best books of 2017 by The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, PopSugar, Financial Times, Chicago Review of Books, Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Thrillist, Book Riot, National Post (Canada), Kirkus and...
The dog stars
Heller, Peter
"Leave it to Peter Heller to imagine a postapocalyptic world that contains as much loveliness as it does devastation. His hero, Hig, flies a 1956 Cessna (his dog as copilot) around what was once Colorado, chasing all the same things we chase in these pre-annihilation days: love, friendship, the...
Station eleven : a novel
Mandel, Emily St. John
NATIONAL BESTSELLER * NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST * A PEN/FAULKNER AWARD FINALIST * Set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse--the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region,...
The reapers are the angels a novel
Bell, Alden.
For twenty-five years, civilization has survived in meager enclaves, guarded against a plague of the dead. Temple wanders this blighted landscape, keeping to herself and keeping her demons inside her heart. She can't remember a time before the zombies, but she does remember an old man who took her...
Last ones left alive
Davis-Goff, Sarah
"Combines the spare poetry of The Road with the dizzying pace of 28 Days Later." --Jennie Melamed, author Gather the Daughters "A riveting novel." --Eowyn Ivey, bestselling author of The Snow Child Remember your...
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Winters, Ben H.
As Seen on Today with Hoda & Jenna "A genre-defying blend of crime writing and science fiction." -Alexandra Alter, The New York Times Winner of the 2013 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original! What's the point in solving murders if we're...
Fever : a novel
Meyer, Deon
"Reminiscent of The Stand and The Passage. Great stuff."--Stephen King Nico Storm and his father, Willem, drive a truck filled with essential supplies through a desolate land. They are among the few in the world, as far as they know, to have survived a devastating...
Leave the world behind : a novel
Alam, Rumaan
A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick! Finalist for the 2020 National Book Award (Fiction) One of Barack Obama's Summer Favorites A Best Book of the Year From: The Washington Post * Time * NPR * Elle * Esquire * Kirkus * Library Journal * The Chicago...
The passage
Cronin, Justin.
A New York Times Bestseller, A #1 Indie Next Pick -- First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a world forever altered....
The strain
Toro, Guillermo del
A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of...
The age of miracles : a novel
Walker, Karen Thompson.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY People ∙ O: The Oprah Magazine ∙ Financial Times ∙ Kansas City Star ∙ BookPage ∙ Kirkus Reviews ∙ Publishers Weekly ∙ Booklist With a voice as distinctive and original as that...
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * The award-winning, best-selling author of Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel returns with a novel of art, time travel, love, and plague that takes the reader from Vancouver Island in 1912 to a dark colony on the moon five hundred years...
Tender is the flesh : a novel
Bazterrica, Agustina Mar©Ưa
Working at the local processing plant, Marcos is in the business of slaughtering humans--though no one calls them that anymore. His wife has left him, his father is sinking into dementia, and Marcos tries not to think too hard about how he makes a living. After all, it happened...

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