What are the best books about a nuclear apocalypse?

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    #1Swan Song

    Swan Song
    Swan Song is a post-apocalyptic horror novel by Robert McCammon. The evil Man with the Scarlet Eye wants to destroy a girl named Swan, but the last survivors of the nuclear war are determined to protect her.

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    Marie Williams
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "Name is a little generic and misleading. Interesting story overall."
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    #2The Road

    The Road
    The Road is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Cormac McCarthy. It tells the story of a father and son walking through post-apocalyptic America to reach the coast. This is an ultimate story of survival in a desolate world.

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    Ryan Roberts
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I am a bit of a sucker for this setting so take my words with a grain of salt. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and thought the world building and story were excellent. I was able to easily visualize the world in my mind and the relationship between the father and son seemed realistic and accurate to how people actually speak. An exciting story that I would strongly recommend!"
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    #3A Canticle for Leibowitz

    A Canticle for Leibowitz

    A Canticle for Leibowitz is a Hugo Award-winning speculative fiction novel by Walter M. Miller, Jr. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, it tells the story of a group of monks who are dedicated to enriching the relics of Saint Isaac Leibowitz.


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    Harold Salazar
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Great book that starts a little slow but rewards you for sticking with it. Fantastic atmosphere and rewards you with the storytelling. Absolute must read."
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    #4Alas, Babylon

    Alas, Babylon

    In Alas, Babylon, a small town in Florida is spared from the nuclear war that decimates the world. Led by Randolph Bragg, the inhabitants of the town work together in order to survive and recover from the tragedy.


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    Jack Garza
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "The book seemed to be a great suggestion about nuclear apocalypse. It is highly reviewed by others. A must read for lovers of post apocalyptic worlds. "
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    #5On the Beach

    On the Beach
    After the war that took most human life from Earth is over, a radioactive cloud has made the southern countries the only inhabitable place on Eart. One of these survivors is an American submarine captain, that after picking up a Morse code signal, will go back to the United States looking for more survivors. 


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    Ridhi Patel
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "Really good book, that probably lived up to the hype except that this is the abridged version and I really wish I had bought the full version. I'm going to have to return this and hopefully get the correct, full version soon. What I did get from the book is fascinating."
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    Warday is a post-apocalyptic suspense novel written by James Kunetka and Whitley Strieber. Set in 1988, five years after the first nuclear war, it tells the story of two survivors as they travel across America.

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    Melissa Harris
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "Warday gave me the same feeling that 1984 did. It follows Orwellian themes but with a different twist. Basically, if you enjoy Orwell’s writing, I can’t see how you wouldn’t enjoy Warday. I will say that it starts off somewhat slow, but the pace really picks up in the middle. It was a good read!"
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    #7The Judas Syndrome

    The Judas Syndrome
    The Judas Syndrome is a post-apocalyptic novel by Michael Poeltl. It is the first book in the series of the same name, and it tells the story of Joel and his friends as they try to rely on each other for survival.

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    Frank Beck
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "The Judas Syndrome gets a few things right. Mostly though it's a shallow book filled with really bad science."
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    #8The Last Israelis

    The Last Israelis

    The Last Israelis is an apocalyptic military fiction written by Noah Beck. It is first published in 2012. This novel is about a nuclear-armed submarine in Iran. 


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    Donna Payne
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "I found this book to be surprisingly intelligent and carefully thought out. It comes from more of a political and military standpoint and brings all the twists and turns you can handle in one book. Its like looking into the future, an ugly future, but definetly a possibility."
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    Fallout is a historical fiction book for children and young adult readers. This book is written by Todd Strasser, and it was originally published in 2012 with a 1962 setting.


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    Angela Rice
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Fallout was given for my search of the best books about a nuclear apocalypse. The cover is a bit cheesy for my liking and there are less than 100 reviews with a 4 out of 5-star rating. The price point is not horrible so this book would be a contender for purchase."
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    Eon (The Way) is the first book in the series written by Greg Bear. It was published on October 15, 1991 by Tor Science Fiction. The book revolves around the nuclear apocalypse that mankind is about to face.

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    Víctor Espinosa
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This story had a fantastic journey. I feel like this book is worth a second read because I really enjoyed it a lot. It’s a good book to enjoy if you have a strong willed female in your life. I will continue on to the sequel of this book and hopefully it’s as good as this one. It took a couple chapters to get interested, and as soon as I got interested I was hooked, and I couldn’t put the book down. It could easily frustrate, and bore you, and make you re-read a couple of papers cause of the small boring part, but I got through it!"
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    Fiskadoro is classic science fiction novel written by Denis Johnson which is about the post-nuclear story set in Key West about people trying to live in their new world.


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    Shirley Lawson
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I love dystopian novels and this one did not disappoint. It was a bit slow at first but picked up in the middle. "


Best What are the best books about a nuclear apocalypse
1Swan SongBooks 31 Paid
2The RoadBooks 28 Paid
3A Canticle for LeibowitzBooks 26 Paid
4Alas, BabylonBooks 26 Paid
5On the BeachBooks 24 Paid
6WardayBooks 22 Paid
7The Judas SyndromeBooks 21 Paid
8The Last Israelis Books 19 Paid
9FalloutBooks 8 Paid
10EonBooks 0 Paid

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