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Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

Updated: November 1, 2015

Stories set in grim and dystopian visions of the future.

Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963.
Call Number: Ed.a
A New Zealand scientific delegation visits neo-pagan California. The Los Angeles Public Library has a cameo.

Miller, Walter M., 1923-1996.
Call Number: SF Ed.a
Catholic monks preserve the human legacy of knowledge against ignorance.

Grant, Michael, 1954-
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One day everyone over the age of fifteen disappears and the town of Perdido Beach is surrounded by an impenetrable bubble. As the eldest of those left struggle to keep themselves and their younger charges alive, some among them begin to develop supernatural powers. This novel reads a little like Lord of the Flies if it were written by Stephen King. First in a series.

Collins, Suzanne.

In a post-apocalyptic United States known as Panem, every year the population is forced to participate in the Hunger Games. Two children from each of the twelve city-states are sent to the Capitol where they are put into an arena to fight to the death. There is only one winner. So when Katniss volunteers herself, in order to save her twelve-year-old sister from this fate, she doesn't expect to come home ever again. It's a deadly version of Survivor, where you do not get voted off the island, you get killed.

Matheson, Richard, 1926-
Call Number: Ed.b
The lone human survivor of a biological disaster battles vampiric mutants.

Brin, David.
Call Number: SF
A man masquerades as a mail carrier to bring hope in the fight against warlords.

McCarthy, Cormac, 1933-
Follow a father and his young son on their post-apocalyptic journey across what was once the United States.

King, Stephen, 1947-
Call Number: Ed.b
Superflu survivors strive to retain their humanity in the face of great evil.

Marsden, John, 1950-
When Ellie and her mates decide to "go bush" for a weekend they never dream that in those few days their entire world will come crashing down. While they are on their camping trip a hostile army invades their small Australian town effectively starting World War III. Their families and friends are all taken hostage and Ellie and her crew must decide, will they hide? Or will they fight? A very realistic and compelling first book in a series.

Robinson, Kim Stanley.
Call Number: SF Ed.a
Teens look for adventure in Orange County, CA during the Dark ages of 2047.

Brooks, Max.
Call Number: 817 B8723-1

We survived the zombie apocalypse, but how many of us are still haunted by that terrible time? We have (temporarily?) defeated the living dead, but at what cost? Told in the haunting and riveting voices of the men and women who witnessed the horror firsthand, World War Z, a #1 New York Times bestseller and the basis for the blockbuster movie, is the only record of the plague years.


O'Brien, Robert C.
A teen girl finds out that she's not the only one left, but it's not good news.