What are the best books where adults died or went crazy?

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    #1The Enemy

    The Enemy
    The Enemy is the first book in the zombie adventure and horror series for young adults written by Charlie Higson. It was released in April 2014 and is about a group of kids aged 14 and under who try to survive a zombie apocalypse.
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    Nancy Davis
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I have had The Dead on my TBR for over a year. I actually started it, found it a bit too intense at the time, and set it aside for another day. October always puts me in the mood for scary stuff, so I pulled the book out again and wondered why I ever put it down in the first place. This is a fast-paced, harrowing vision of the future, with likeable kids left to fend off the crazed adults who are trying to eat them. Yeah, that's pretty scary and nightmarish, but Charlie Higson's The Enemy series is so compelling that you want to see what happens next. The only thing I am still iffy on is how the "sickos" got sick in the first place, but that is often a complaint with post-apocalyptic stories; there usually isn't a concrete reason for why things are now the way they are, and I need all of those background details to be fully invested in a story. We get some background that was lacking from the first book, The Enemy, but there is still so much to know about what exactly went wrong."
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    #2Sky on Fire (Monument 14)

    Sky on Fire (Monument 14)

    Sky on Fire is the second book in the apocalyptic adventure series for young adults, the Monument 14 series. It is authored by Emmy Laybourne and was released in 2013. It is about a group of kids inside a superstore during an apocalypse.

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    Tiffany Mendez
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This isn't a story about dying or going crazy. This book isn't a good fit because it is about teens."
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    #3Dark Inside

    Dark Inside

    Dark Inside is a dystopic apocalyptic adventure novel for young adults written by novelist Jeyn Roberts. It was released in 2012. it is about a group of teens trying to survive a succession of apocalyptic events.

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    Eugene Nelson
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I've always loved books and movies set in apocalyptic times. This book contains many such events. With the adults dead, the teens must learn to survive on their own. I think this will be inspiration to teens, and exciting."
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    #4Feedback (Variant)

    Feedback (Variant)

    Feedback is the sequel to Robison Wells' thrilling dystopic suspense novel, Variant. The book was released in 2012. It is about a town where the people are used for a twisted experiment without their knowledge and approval.

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    #5The Loners (Quarantine)

    The Loners (Quarantine)

    The Loners is the first book in Lex Thomas' dystopic nuclear apocalyptic series for young adults, the Quarantine series. It was published in July 2012.It is about the events that happened after a deadly virus killed adults in the nation.

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    Jesse Banks
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "David knew punching Sam, the star of the football team, was going to have repercussions, but he had no idea they would be so long-lasting. In a normal time. The military starts dropping food, but as the seniors age, they start to die the same way, by coughing up their own lungs. In order to avoid the inevitable massacre, the military creates the "graduation booth" where kids who have lost the virus from their systems can safely leave the toxic school and rejoin the rest of society"
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    #6Kahayatle (Apocalypsis)

    Kahayatle (Apocalypsis)

    Kahayatle is the first book in Elle Casey's dystopic adventure series for young adults, the Apocalypsis series. It was published in June 2012. It is about a 17-year-old girl in Florida trying to find a suitable shelter after the apocalypse.

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    Catherine Ford
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Many novels with teenage protagonists either have overbearing parents or adults who just don't appear at all in the story. Kahayatle instead takes a different approach. By setting the story after an apocalypse, all the adults have been destroyed in the setting. This gives a new sense of agency to the characters. I'm excited to read the rest of this series."
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    #7The Saints (Quarantine)

    The Saints (Quarantine)

    The Saints is the second book in the thrilling adventure and post-apocalyptic series for young adults, the Quarantine series. It was released in July 2013. It is about a couple of students who felt threatened when the gates to their walled school were opened.

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    Juan Ortiz
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "The Saint is a thriller book that really caught my attention. I never got bored even one bit and I liked the fact it is written in a simple way to understand. The suspense and the turns and twists made it more fun to read. I loved the book."
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    #8The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner)

    The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner)
    The Scorch Trials is the second book in the Maze Runner series by James Dashner which continues to follow Thomas and the Gladers who found the Scorch after surviving the maze. 
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    James Ward
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "After seeing the first maze runner movie I was told that is was book series I had missed out on in past years so took a chance to read through the series. Unfortunately I have to tell others that the movie in this rare instance will suffice. The focus of the book seems to be more so of the violence and blood shed rather than the tear shed. That is to say it focuses less on the inner struggles the characters have during the conflict at hand."
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    #9Rage Within (Dark Inside)

    Rage Within (Dark Inside)
    Rage Within is the second book in Jeyn Roberts' apocalyptic adventure series for young adults, the Dark Inside series. It was released in 2012. It is about the group of kids who survived the first wave of the apocalypse.
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    Brandon Barrett
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "The description is true but it leaves out some events that could drag the consumer to purchase the book rather than just reading the abstract. It should dive into more of the plot and setting just so consumers know what they are about to read, rather than leaving them in the dark to find out. The reviews are generally consistent saying that it is a good book, while a few others are saying that this book left out some points that could've made a better job of explaining that bigger plot. "
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    #10The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner)

    The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner)
    The Maze Runner is the first novel in The Maze Runner series written by James Dashner which centers on Thomas who wakes up in the lift and had an amnesia. 

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    Teresa Harris
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I loved every bit of this book! Post-apocalyptic books where all the adults have gone crazy or died and only the kids remain have been my favorite since I started reading YA lit. This one does that kind of fiction justice and I feel is right up there with The Giver and Lord of the Flies in terms of themes that really speak to people (especially younger ones). Each time I read this book I get something new to chew on. Glad I went looking for new YA apocalyptic books and found this! "

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Best What are the best books where adults died or went crazy
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The EnemyBooks 24 Paid
2Sky on Fire (Monument 14)Books 23 Paid
3Dark InsideBooks 22 Paid
4Feedback (Variant)Books 19 Paid
5The Loners (Quarantine)Books 19 Paid
6Kahayatle (Apocalypsis)Books 17 Paid
7The Saints (Quarantine)Books 16 Paid
8The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner)Books 15 Paid
9Rage Within (Dark Inside)Books 13 Paid
10The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner)Books 7 Paid
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