After the end of the world

Thank you, all, for recommending your favorite children’s and YA fiction set after the end of the world. (And thanks especially to bondgwendabond for pointing folks here from her typepad blog.)

I thought I’d compile a list. The ones I’ve already read are in bold. The ones that aren’t in bold are the ones I clearly need to get out and read. If I missed one, or if you have others, let me know and I’ll add them! (I’ll keep adding books as I find them, too.)

Occasional thoughts on my post-apocalyptic reading are here.

Post-apocalyptic kids’ and young adult books:
The Diary of Pelly D and Cherry Heaven, by L.J. Adlington
The Compound, by S.A. Bodeen
The Kindling and the other books of the Fire-Us trilogy, by Jennifer Armstrong and Nancy Butcher
The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins
The City of Ember, The People of Sparks, and The Diamond of Darkhold, by Jeanne DuPrau
The Other Side of the Island, by Allegra Goodman
Siberia, by Ann Halam
Hole in the Sky, by Pete Hautmann
Green Angel, by Alice Hoffman
The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger, by Lois Lowry
Maddigan’s Fantasia, by Margaret Mahy
Tomorrow, When the War Began and sequels, by John Marsden
Z for Zachariah, by Robert C. O’Brien
The Pack, by Tom Pow
Life As We Knew It and The Dead and the Gone, by Susan Beth Pfeffer
The True Meaning of Smekday, by Adam Rex
How I Live Now, by Meg Rosoff
The Forest of Hands and Teeth, by Carrie Ryan
Bones of Faerie, by Janni Lee Simner
River Rats, by Caroline Stevermer
The Green Book, by Jill Patton Walsh
Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras, by Scott Westerfield
The Tripods series, by Samuel Youd

Apocalyptic books (set during, but not so much after, the apocalypse):
Feed, by M.T. Anderson
The Carbon Diaries, 2015 and The Carbon Diaries 2017 (forthcoming) by Saci Lloyd
Peeps, The Last Days, by Scott Westerfeld

The World Without Us, by Alan Weisman
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, by Jared Diamond

Essays and Articles:
“I Love the End of the World,” by Madeleine Robins
“What’s So Great About the End of the World?” by Janni Lee Simner
Unhappily Ever After,” by Karen Springen (Newsweek article)


“The Fall,” by Peter and the Wolf

Adult books:
Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse, edited by John Joseph Adams
Magic Bites and Magic Burns, by Ilona Andrews
The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood
The Long Tomorrow, by Leigh Brackett
World War Z, by Max Brooks
Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler
The Pesthouse, by Jim Crace
White Plague, by Frank Herbert
After London, or Wild England, by Richard Jefferies
The Stand, by Stephen King
A Pail of Air, by Fritz Leiber
The World Ends in Hickory Hollow, by Ardath Mayhar
Swan Song, by Robert McCammon
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
Malevil, by Robert Merle
Emergence, by David R. Palmer
Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
Level 7, by Mordecai Roshwald
The Last Man, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
On the Beach, by Nevil Shute
The Earth Abides, by George R. Stewart
Dies the Fire and sequels, by S.M. Stirling
The Gate to Women’s Country, by Sheri S. Tepper
The Chrysalids and other books, by John Wyndham

eldritchhobbit‘s broader list of dystopic fiction, post-apocalyptic and otherwise.

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