What are the best novels about apocalypse?

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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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    Olivia Cooper
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The Stand is a novel about the apocalypse that no one sees coming. It does a fantastic job of illustrating the conflict of the time. "
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    #2I 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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    Tyler Rose
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "After watching the movie I had to read the book. Book is so much better, the ending is butchered in the movie. Really fun book to read, don't want to spoil the ending, but it's worth reading it for that if you liked the movie at all. "
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    #3Lucifer'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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    #4World 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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    Jacqueline Brown
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I loved World War Z. I am not particularly interested in Zombie or the recent media that has used them for content, but I loved the style and storytelling in this novel. It was so intriguing to read a story about the apocalypse that jumped around to different characters. We were given exposure to different areas and the experiences of many different survivors. It made for a nonlinear story, but one that kept me engaged from start to finish!"
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    #5The 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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    Jacqueline Miller
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The Road is a fast paced page turner about post-apocalyptic America that I would recommend to anyone who is interested in novels about the apocalypse. I finished this book very quickly as I could not put it down once I started it. I loved it."
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    #6Swan 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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    John Davis
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "The novel was horror. And all aged people likes this. "
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    #7Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse

    Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse

    Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse is an apocalytic thriller written by James Wesley Rawles. First published in 2012, the book focuses on survival in the United States after the country suffers from an economic crash.

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    Elizabeth Gonzales
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This is an interesting book. It can almost be in the horror section because while I was reading it I was thinking, "wow, this could really happen". Then the story line took a turn for the worse. I really just finished because I can't start a book and NOT finish it. Otherwise, I would've put it down half way through."
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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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    Elizabeth Pena
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Each member of my book club was tasked with finding a book about the apocalypse to present as an option for the book club. This book was a great suggestion, as we actually live in Florida! "
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    #9Soft Apocalypse

    Soft Apocalypse

    Soft Apocalypse is an apocalytic thriller written by Will McIntosh. First published in 2011, the book focuses on social structures and heirerchay after the world order crumbles.

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    Jacob Daniels
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The best novels about apocalypse include "Soft Apocalypse", which is a thriller that focuses on social structures and hierarchy after the world order crumbles. With an average customer rating of 3.6 out of 5 stars based on 116 Amazon customer reviews, I would recommend this book."
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    #10Cell: A Novel

    Cell: A Novel

    Cell is an apocalyptic thriller written by Stephen King. First published in 2005, the book focuses on a group of survivors from an unknown plague that turned the human beings into zombies.

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    Guo Ding
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Cell is not Stephen King at his best but it is still worth checking out. It is an interesting concept for how the zombie virus spreads. Recommended"
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    #11Beyond 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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    Eric Davidson
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Beyond Exile (Day by Day Armageddon), is the first book I've read by J.L. Bourne. This book was written in first person perspective, sort of like a journal. This was a light read and if you enjoy the zombie, post-apocalyptic genre this a good choice."
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    #12Zombiestan

    Zombiestan

    Zombiestan is a science fiction book with the element of zombie apocalypse, thriller, horror, and adventure written by Mainak Dhar published in 2012 by Duckbill Books. It follows the story of undead Taliban rampaging through Afghan villages.

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    Randy Lewis
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "A unique take on the zombie genre. Theeven main characters are smart. No much humor in this book it's straight foward."
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    #13Rage 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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    Ryan Rose
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Well, it's more of a child's story than directly being about any apocalypse. The apocalypse is merely the background."

Summary

Best What are the best novels about apocalypse
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The StandBooks 42 Paid
2I Am LegendBooks 37 Paid
3Lucifer's HammerBooks 35 Paid
4World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie WarBooks 35 Paid
5The RoadBooks 31 Paid
6Swan SongBooks 31 Paid
7Survivors: A Novel of the Coming CollapseBooks 28 Paid
8Alas, BabylonBooks 25 Paid
9Soft ApocalypseBooks 23 Paid
10Cell: A NovelBooks 21 Paid
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