What are the best books set in a post-apocalyptic world?

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    #1The Stand

    The Stand

    The Stand is Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and tangled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The survivors will have to choose between two very different leaders and ultimately decide the fate of all humanity.


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    Grace Bishop
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "The Stand is probably my favorite book and certainly one of the best books set in a post-apocalyptic world. Stephen Kind delivers characters rich with inner monolouges and excellent interpersonal interaction. Rivalries, jealousies, love affairs all set within a framework of the ultimate fight between good and evil. Flagg, being a recurrent theme in King's books, shines here as the ultimate evil villian and even minor characters like Trashman and Tom Cullen shine. "
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    #2On 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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    Jorge Luis Paredes
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "The best book set in a post-apocalyptic world is On the Beach by Nevil Shute. It is a heroic tale of a submarine captain and other survivors of a nuclear winter. After picking up a Morse code signal for help, the captain heads toward the US to look for more survivors."
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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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    Dylan Morrison
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I really like the post apocalyptic genre, and this is a nice one. It is an interesting and riveting story."
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    #4Lucifer's Hammer

    Lucifer's Hammer

    Lucifer's Hammer is set in a post-apocalyptic world, after pieces of the Hammer-Brown comet struck Earth. The story follows the survivors of the impact, dubbed "Hammerfall," as they try to rebuild civilization.


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    Randy Fowler
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "a great 'mad max' type read"
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    #5Alien Species Intervention (An Alien Apocalyptic Saga)

    Alien Species Intervention (An Alien Apocalyptic Saga)
    The first three books of the 'Alien Apocalyptic Saga' are full of terror, mystery and science fiction! The books start telling the story of Netty, a farm girl that manages to escape from her abusive and rapist husband, only to meet Baby, a strange creature, and finding herself in a love triangle with him and Wil, an Italian stranger. 

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    Hemant Rodrigues
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "Somehow this set of books was listed as science fiction. It was also listed as literature. I'd almost read Twilight over this tripe. Full disclaimer, I only got a couple chapters in. This has to be the worst written crap I've read this year. Here, from just the description, "In Baby, the prequel to the Species Intervention #6609, Netty is a naïve teenage farm girl given in marriage to an older brutal opportunist disguised as a prominent citizen during the Prohibition years in Sussex County, New Jersey" The actual book itself is even more terribly written. God love the Amazon self-publishing platform, because really, no one else should."
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    Divergent is the first dystopian novel in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth which is set in a post-apocalyptic society divided into five factions where Beatrice Prior has to choose only one to devote her life to.


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    Frank Hoffman
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This book is the first in the Divergent trilogy, which is the book series that inspired a major movie series. This trilogy is set in Chicago and is great for fans of dystopian novels such as The Hunger Games and Maze Runers. I would recommend this book for young adults or those without much experience in post-apocalyptic worlds. For those with more experience reading these types of books this may seem a little elementary and meainstream "
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    #7The 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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    Patricia Arnold
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "The Road by Cormac McCarthy is a great postapocalyptic story. If you like dark books, then you will enjoy this one. Cormac McCarthy just has a way with words few authors have."
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    #8Alas, 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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    Margaret Henderson
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "the tragedy make the reader flushy and willing. the new hope of courage, for life. the incident happened in real life. The reader make happy and hopeful for y=the future incident."
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    #9Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy)

    Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy)

    Oryx and Crake is a speculative fiction novel by Margaret Atwood, the award-winning author of The Handmaid's Tale. Oryx and Crake follows the life of Snowman, his friend Crake, and Oryx, the woman they both love.


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    Richard Hall
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "Margaret is a fantastic author as I love her previous books a lot! The story is extremely engaging, well-written, interesting, and extremely well-developed. There's no wrong she can do to me and i think this book is simply fantastic! Pick it up today."
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    #10The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower)

    The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower)
    Stephen King's The Gunslinger tells the story of the Roland Deschain of Gilead, the last gunslinger, as he traverses the desert in pursuit of the evil Man in Black. This is the first book of The Dark Tower series.

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    Nathan Wood
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "The Gunslinger is another amazing novel by Stephen King. It's extremely suspenseful and a thrilling read the whole way through. "
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    #11The Postman

    The Postman

    Fifteen years after a devastating event that took away most human life from earth and eradicated most technology, there is a man looking to rebuild the United States. Trading Shakespeare tales for food and shelter, one day begins to wear a postman jacket to protect himself from the cold, and starts building a community that would rebuild the USA.  


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    Dennis McCoy
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "great book skip the movie though"
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    #12Mockingjay (The Hunger Games)

    Mockingjay (The Hunger Games)

    Mockingjay is the third installment in The Hunger Games Trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. It is the final chapter of Katniss Everdeen in her revolution against the capitol as she serves to be the rebels' Mockingjay.


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    John Santos
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "i love this book going to bed. It was a very interesting that that I found out there is an actual book to the movie. I read this book three times and I never get tired of it."
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    #13The Passage

    The Passage
    The Passage is the first book in The Passage Trilogy written by Justin Cronin. This horror science fiction novel has over 700 pages and published in 2010 by Ballantine Books.

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    Melissa Cook
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "The Passage is one of the most unique post apocalyptic titles I've ever read. It is absolutely amazing. I finished this book in no time as I could not put it down. "
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    #14I Am Legend

    I Am Legend

    I Am Legend is a post-apocalyptic book by Richard Matheson that centers on Robert Neville, the last man on earth. He needs to fight for his life as all the living creature in the Earth turned into vampires. 


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    Brittany Jenkins
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I was looking for a book to read for a project I was assigned in school. The project required that I examine the development of a character in a fictional world unlike our own, and then compare, contrast, and explain, how the different environment impacted the character development. This book was a great suggestion, as it has one male protagonist struggling to survive in a world that is fictional as well as dynamic."
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    #15Swan 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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    William Gordon
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "This book is good. I read it several years ago, back when it came out. If you are looking for post-apocalyptic novels, this one should suffice. "
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    #16The Handmaid's Tale

    The Handmaid's Tale

    The Handmaid's Tale is an original Hulu series based on the novel by Margaret Atwood. The story is set in the near future where America is under a theocratic rule that forces fertile women to be impregnated by men from wealthy families. 

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    Joseph Stewart
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is the debut series of a TV show that was based on the classic novel by Margaret Atwood. The setting is in the not too distant future of the former part of the USA. A dictator has taken over and women who can have babies are being impregnated by well to do famines that are also the countries rulers. "
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    #17Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)

    Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)
    There is civil unrest in the districts, and the Capitol is getting tired of quelling these disturbances. In Catching Fire, the Capitol sends a chilling message to the districts to remind them of who is really in charge.

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    Magdalena Carranza
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I love this series. It's a great survival apocalypse type setting set with tons of teen drama. The stories of friendship and love always get me emotional, Katniss is such a good character. These are great books for people looking for something different, I think."
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    #18Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel wherein a totalitarian regime has ordered the burning of books in order to suppress the spread of subversive ideas. It preaches about the power and role of knowledge to see beyond the surface.


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    Denise Armstrong
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "There are many fantasy novels that are quite compelling. Fahrenheit 451 is an exciting, dystopian novel which has a focus on a post-apocalyptic premise. This book explores a world in which the burning of books has been encouraged."
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    #19World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
    World War Z is a fictional collection of narratives of eyewitnesses and survivors of the worldwide zombie plague. It was written by American author Max Brooks and was published in 2007 by Three Rivers Press.

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    George Obrien
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "I purchased this book because I am interested in top post-apocalyptic books. I had seen the movie and was expecting the book to be similar. The book provides far more details than the movie and tells the story from a variety of perspectives. The book makes a lot of bold claims about the zombie world and also expects readers to grasp some not so obvious analogies. I would suggest this book for a zombie enthusiast but not for someone who is just learning about post apocalyptic worlds"
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    1984 is a utopian and dystopian fiction written by George Orwell. First published in 1949, it is included in the NPR Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books.


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    Jordan Alvarez
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I am a huge fan of George Orwell and needless to say that 1984 is one of favorite books. I think it should a must read book in young adults to open their mind. You should also keep in mind that the book is written and published in 1949."
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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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    Justin Cunningham
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "This is an interesting read. I bring it with me when I have a business flight. It is very easy to get caught in the narrative however, I would suggest taking a break every now and again. I definitely walked away feeling a little different after reading this book."
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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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    Anthony Howell
    Written on May 11, 2018
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    #23Julian Comstock

    Julian Comstock
    Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America is a science fiction novel written by Hugo Award-winning author Robert Charles Wilson. It was first published in 2009 by Tor Books.

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    Aaron Fernandez
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Then out of Labrador come tales of a new Ajax—Captain Commongold, the Youthful Hero of the Saguenay. The ordinary people follow his adventures in the popular press. The Army adores him. The President is…troubled. Especially when the dashing Captain turns out to be his nephew Julian, son of the falsely accused and executed Bryce."
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    #24Beyond Exile (Day by Day Armageddon)

    Beyond Exile (Day by Day Armageddon)
    Beyond Exile is a horror science fiction mystery written by J.L. Bourne. This book is the second book in the Day by Day Armageddon series. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2010 by Permuted Press.

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    Zachary Medina
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Another zombie book, but hey it's actually good! I found myself turning page after page until 3am. It's nothing special, but it will entertain you more than you'll realize."
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    #25The 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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    Thomas Dixon
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "The Judas Syndrome was an exciting but at times depressing read. It paints a picture of bleak, post-apocalyptic world, and the struggles its inhabitants face to survive. The main characters have to learn to trust and rely on each other, and the story explores the difficulties that presents when your life is on the line."
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    #26The V Girl

    The V Girl
    Set in a post-apocalyptic America, this book narrates the story of Lila Velez, a young girl desperate to lose her virginity to whoever she wishes. She is afraid the enemy troops will visit her village and take her with no consequences, as sexual slavery is not forbidden. Despite not quite trusting him, she falls for Aleksey Fürst, a foreign man who turns to be very possessive and jealous.


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    Enrique Baltazar
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "Such an incredibly moronic plot I could barely make it through the book. It seems as if the author thought of the title The V Girl first then cobbled a story around it, not the other way around. "
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    Obernewtyn is a young adult fantasy novel by Australian writer Isobelle Carmody. It is the first book in the Obernewtyn Chronicles, and it tells the story of Elspeth Gordie, a girl with unknown powers.


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    Teresa Banks
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Obernewtyn was a book I picked up on the recommendation of a friend. He knows that I have always loved post-apocalyptic settings to my material. After only a short time reading this book I knew that I was really going to enjoy this series."


Best What are the best books set in a post-apocalyptic world
1The StandBooks 24 Paid
2On the BeachBooks 22 Paid
3A Canticle for LeibowitzBooks 21 Paid
4Lucifer's HammerBooks 20 Paid
5Alien Species Intervention (An Alien Apocalyptic Saga)Books 18 Paid
6DivergentBooks 17 Paid
7The RoadBooks 16 Paid
8Alas, BabylonBooks 15 Paid
9Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy)Books 14 Paid
10The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower)Books 13 Paid

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