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17 November 2006 @ 09:01 pm
After the end of the world  
Thank you, all, for recommending your favorite children's and YA fiction set after the end of the world. (And thanks especially to bondgwendabond for pointing folks here from her typepad blog.)

I thought I'd compile a list. The ones I've already read are in bold. The ones that aren't in bold are the ones I clearly need to get out and read. If I missed one, or if you have others, let me know and I'll add them! (I'll keep adding books as I find them, too.)

Occasional thoughts on my post-apocalyptic reading are here.

Post-apocalyptic kids' and young adult books:
- The Diary of Pelly D and Cherry Heaven, by L.J. Adlington
- The Compound, by S.A. Bodeen
- The Kindling and the other books of the Fire-Us trilogy, by Jennifer Armstrong and Nancy Butcher
- The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins
- The City of Ember, The People of Sparks, and The Diamond of Darkhold, by Jeanne DuPrau
- The Other Side of the Island, by Allegra Goodman
- Siberia, by Ann Halam
- Hole in the Sky, by Pete Hautmann
- Green Angel, by Alice Hoffman
- The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger, by Lois Lowry
- Maddigan's Fantasia, by Margaret Mahy
- Tomorrow, When the War Began and sequels, by John Marsden
- Z for Zachariah, by Robert C. O'Brien
- The Pack, by Tom Pow
- Life As We Knew It and The Dead and the Gone, by Susan Beth Pfeffer
- The True Meaning of Smekday, by Adam Rex
- How I Live Now, by Meg Rosoff
- The Forest of Hands and Teeth, by Carrie Ryan
- Bones of Faerie, by Janni Lee Simner
- River Rats, by Caroline Stevermer
- The Green Book, by Jill Patton Walsh
- Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras, by Scott Westerfield
- The Tripods series, by Samuel Youd

Apocalyptic books (set during, but not so much after, the apocalypse):
- Feed, by M.T. Anderson
- The Carbon Diaries, 2015 and The Carbon Diaries 2017 (forthcoming) by Saci Lloyd
- Peeps, The Last Days, by Scott Westerfeld

- The World Without Us, by Alan Weisman
- Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, by Jared Diamond

Essays and Articles:
- "I Love the End of the World," by Madeleine Robins
- "What's So Great About the End of the World?" by Janni Lee Simner
- Unhappily Ever After," by Karen Springen (Newsweek article)

- Wall-E

"The Fall," by Peter and the Wolf

Adult books:
- Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse, edited by John Joseph Adams
- Magic Bites and Magic Burns, by Ilona Andrews
- The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood
- Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood
- The Long Tomorrow, by Leigh Brackett
- World War Z, by Max Brooks
- Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler
- The Pesthouse, by Jim Crace
- White Plague, by Frank Herbert
- After London, or Wild England, by Richard Jefferies
- The Stand, by Stephen King
- A Pail of Air, by Fritz Leiber
- The World Ends in Hickory Hollow, by Ardath Mayhar
- Swan Song, by Robert McCammon
- The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
- Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
- Malevil, by Robert Merle
- Emergence, by David R. Palmer
- Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
- Level 7, by Mordecai Roshwald
- The Last Man, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
- On the Beach, by Nevil Shute
- The Earth Abides, by George R. Stewart
- Dies the Fire and sequels, by S.M. Stirling
- The Gate to Women's Country, by Sheri S. Tepper
- The Chrysalids and other books, by John Wyndham

eldritchhobbit's broader list of dystopic fiction, post-apocalyptic and otherwise.
G. Jules: Autumngjules on November 18th, 2006 12:36 pm (UTC)
A couple more YA suggestions (here via friend of friend):

The Green Book</i>, Jill Patton Walsh (everyone leaves the earth because it's being destroyed)

Scott Westerfeld's The Last Days</i> isn't so much post-apocalyptic as during-apocalyptic, but it's in a similar area.
Janni Lee Simnerjanni on November 18th, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC)
I have Last Days on my to be read shelf. Yeah, that and M.T. Anderson's Feed both seem to be set during the apocalypse, rather than after.
(no subject) - penmage on March 8th, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - janni on March 9th, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC) (Expand)
David Lubardavidlubar on November 18th, 2006 02:52 pm (UTC)
I believe Jennifer Armstrong's Fire Us series is post apocalyptic. For adults, The Stand (Stephen King), Swan Song (Robert McCammon), On the Beach (Nevil Shute), and White Plague (Frank Herbert).
Janni Lee Simnerjanni on November 18th, 2006 05:37 pm (UTC)
And since I just ordered a copy of the first Fire-Us book, I should have remembered it!
sfmarty on November 19th, 2006 01:14 am (UTC)
Not apocalyptic, but have you read Nina Kiriki Hoffman's stuff?
Janni Lee Simnerjanni on November 19th, 2006 02:42 am (UTC)
I have -- though it's been a while -- and very much like it!
elmwoodelmwood on November 30th, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC)
Post Apocalyptic set in Arizona
I've been pondering your list for some time, Janni, and working my way through some of them. I was in the teen section of my local library today and came across Hole in the Sky by Pete Hautmann. Have you read it? It's set on the edge of the Grand Canyon, after most of humanity has been wiped out by a flu like illness twenty or so years from now?
Janni Lee Simner: roadjanni on December 1st, 2006 04:53 am (UTC)
Re: Post Apocalyptic set in Arizona
You know, I knew about this when it first came out, and then somehow completely forgot about it. Thanks for reminding me!
Re: Post Apocalyptic set in Arizona - elmwood on December 1st, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC) (Expand)
The Muse, Amused: read to someone you lovepenmage on March 7th, 2007 02:40 am (UTC)
Post-apocalyptic books
I was just revisiting your post-apoc list, and I thought of a couple of fantastic adult books that you don't have listed.

Have you read World War Z by Max Brooks? It's a zombie book, told in interviews in the aftermath of a worldwide zombie infestation, and it is brilliant.

It's one of the most detailed post-apoc books I've read. It touches on the social, political, military, and of course personal aspects of a disaster like this. There's also an audiobook version that's excellent.

Another adult post-apoc book I read recently is The Road by Cormac McCarthy. It follows a father and his son as they trek across post-nuclear America, armed with a cart of scavanged food and blankets and a pistol. They are travelling to the coast, in hopes of finding someplace warmer to survive the winter.

It is harsh. Parts of it were some of the harshest things I have ever read. It is difficult to get your head into, and impossible to stop reading. I read it in one day, compulsively.
Janni Lee Simnerjanni on March 8th, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Post-apocalyptic books
I'd not met either of these--they're on the list now for future reading! :-)

Along with Lois Lowry's Gathering Blue, which I only just read for the first time.
Re: Post-apocalyptic books - penmage on March 8th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Post-apocalyptic books - janni on March 9th, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC) (Expand)
The Muse, Amused: reading gnome 2penmage on April 25th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
Two more books for your list (you have infected my thinking - I now have post-apoc on the brain.)

The City, Not Long After by Pat Murphy.

A gorgeous book about San Francisco, in the very distant aftermath of a plague that wiped out much of the earth's population. San Francisco has become a city haunted by memories and ghosts, populated by artists who have turned the city into their canvas. But power-hungry men are moving across the country, and the fragile new life that they're building it threatened.

This book is totally gorgeous. Its spirit and characters and city captivated me - this is a city book as much as a post-apoc book. It recently was reprinted by Firebird, and I cannot recommend it enough.

Vanishing Point, by Michaela Roessner, is another fascinating and gorgeous volume.

This apocalypse is what they refer to as The Vanishing - the sudden and mysterious, and seemingly arbitrary dissapearance of 90% of the population. Thirty years later, the survivors, still reeling from the loss of thier loved ones and their society, are trying to rebuild a society and put thier lives back together. One scientist attempts to study the Vanishing, to try and figure out what happened.
~twilight~_twilight_ on October 4th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
(swoon) The Changes trilogy by Peter Dickinson. It's maybe late middle readers or YA. Okay, it's not the whole world, but people in England go nuts and smash technology -- fearing it evil -- and a few can control the weather.

The Girl Who Owned a City by O.T. Nelson.

TV Series: The Tribe. A virus wipes out all adults, so teens and kids are left to rebuild society, and they live in tribal communities. Some of the older teens have children throughout the series, major characters change and die, and all of this seems to be dealt with in a non-preachy, but wow-this-is-difficult way. Some of the dialogue sucks, IMO, but the stories themselves seem compelling.

Several (adult) J.G. Ballard books are either post-apocalyptic or during. The Burning World comes to mind.

This is the Way the World Ends by... James Morrow I think.

One of my super-favorite PKD stories, "The Days of Perky Pat." I would *love* to see a movie someday, maybe by Pixar.

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World... sort of. It's by Haruki Murakami.

Not sure if The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood quite fits.

Both War of the Worlds and The Time Machine by H.G. Wells.

Isaac Asimov's Nightfall!!!

Not sure if the Uzumaki manga series counts.

Part of The Green Futures of Tycho by William Sleator.
~twilight~_twilight_ on October 4th, 2007 05:15 am (UTC)
Friday, Friday, Friday
PS If you and/or Larry decide spur-of-the-moment that a zombie walk would be fun, I have one couch and open floor space.
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Janni Lee Simnerjanni on August 15th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)
Thanks! I already had the Westerfeld, but I've added the others. Really need to read Ilona Andrews' books already.

It's funny--I was just debating with The Handmaid's Tale is post-apocalyptic or really very dark. Decided to err on the side of including it, though!
xollinzolox on February 6th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
You're forgetting UNWIND by Neal Shusterman! It's the most amazing book ever :)
Janni Lee Simnerjanni on February 6th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
I just read Unwind and loved it! Though I was thinking it's more dystopic than apocalyptic. That line seems thinner and thinner all the time though ... maybe I need a second list! :-)
(no subject) - xollinzolox on February 6th, 2009 12:37 am (UTC) (Expand)
Amy H. Sturgis: Metropoliseldritchhobbit on April 10th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
Hi there! I just discovered you on LJ. I hope you don't mind if I chime in. These are great lists!

I have a working list of dystopian YA novels (in which I define "dystopian" broadly to include a number of post-apocalyptic works) here. FYI, just in case it's of interest

Also, for your list of adult post-apocalyptic works, I would recommend the following:
The Last Man by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
After London, or Wild England by Richard Jefferies
The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett
The Earth Abides by George R. Stewart
Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald
Malevil by Robert Merle
The Pesthouse by Jim Crace
Janni Lee Simner: Bones of Faeriejanni on April 12th, 2009 01:44 am (UTC)
Chime away! I've been pondering the question of where the border is between "post-apocalyptic" and "dystopic but not end-of-the-world" myself. Not at all clear cut, that.

I'll add these to the list. Thanks! :-)

Edited at 2009-04-12 01:49 am (UTC)
(Anonymous) on April 30th, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
additional books
I love post apocalyptic books, here's a couple I've read that you could add to your wonderful list. The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness also the sequel The Ask and the Answer, Exodus and Zenith, by Julie Bertagna, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind series, by Hayao Miyazaki (graphic fiction), The Lathe of Heaven, by Ursula K. Le Guin (adult), The Host, by Stephenie Meyer (adult). A couple might border pre instead of post.
The Muse, Amused: bsg monsters (grass_stained)penmage on August 28th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
Another for your list:

The Diary of Pelly D and Cherry Heaven by L.J. Adlington.
Janni Lee Simnerjanni on October 5th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
Zeugma: book-coveredzeugma on August 28th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
penmage directed me to this list after I read Unwind by Neal Shusterman and loved it, so... thank you! Now I have even more titles to add to my to-get list :)
Janni Lee Simnerjanni on October 5th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! Hope you find some good reading. :-)
(Anonymous) on October 30th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
more adult post-apocalypse novels
Russell Hoban's Riddley Walker is an excellent post-apocalypse novel, set in England long after the world has regressed due to nuclear war.
(Anonymous) on October 30th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
Re: more adult post-apocalypse novels
And another excellent one is No Blade of Grass by John Christopher, which has just been republished in England.