Best Post-Apocalyptic Fiction
A list for the best after the fall.
1 The Stand
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2 The Road
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 357,802 ratings
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3 The Hunger Games (The Hunge...
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4.42 of 5 stars 4.42 avg rating — 2,445,721 ratings
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4 World War Z: An Oral Histor...
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 190,647 ratings
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5 1984
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 1,183,623 ratings
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6 Catching Fire (The Hunger G...
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 1,271,327 ratings
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7 Fahrenheit 451
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 689,701 ratings
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8 I Am Legend and Other Stories
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 71,487 ratings
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9 Cryonic: A Zombie Novel
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3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 437 ratings
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10 Mockingjay (The Hunger Game...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 1,158,612 ratings
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11 The Handmaid's Tale
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 323,470 ratings
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12 Swan Song
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 24,184 ratings
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13 The Passage (The Passage, #1)
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 89,117 ratings
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14 The Giver (The Giver #1)
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 736,245 ratings
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15 The Gunslinger (The Dark To...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 198,201 ratings
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16 Alas, Babylon
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 17,915 ratings
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17 Brave New World
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 685,095 ratings
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18 Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam T...
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 88,800 ratings
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19 Earth Abides
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 11,280 ratings
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20 Lucifer's Hammer
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 23,135 ratings
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21 A Canticle for Leibowitz (S...
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 42,997 ratings
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22 Divergent (Divergent, #1)
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 767,027 ratings
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23 On the Beach
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 17,350 ratings
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24 Lord of the Flies
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 1,124,485 ratings
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25 The Postman
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 16,856 ratings
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26 Ender's Game (The Ender Qui...
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 575,200 ratings
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27 The Host (The Host, #1)
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 509,946 ratings
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28 The Day of the Triffids
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 39,095 ratings
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29 Do Androids Dream of Electr...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 132,697 ratings
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30 Uglies (Uglies, #1)
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 261,784 ratings
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31 The City of Ember (Book of ...
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 119,662 ratings
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32 One Second After
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 12,897 ratings
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33 The Time Machine
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 163,302 ratings
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34 Animal Farm
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 1,219,675 ratings
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35 The War of the Worlds
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 102,558 ratings
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36 Life As We Knew It (Last Su...
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 58,714 ratings
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37 Cat's Cradle
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 168,915 ratings
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38 Blindness (Blindness, #1)
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 78,253 ratings
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39 The Year of the Flood (Madd...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 39,306 ratings
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40 The Maze Runner (Maze Runne...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 178,406 ratings
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41 A Clockwork Orange
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 286,613 ratings
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42 The Forest of Hands and Tee...
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 52,163 ratings
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43 Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Un...
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 46,820 ratings
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44 The Walking Dead, Compendium 1
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4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 34,344 ratings
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45 The Waste Lands (The Dark T...
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 79,154 ratings
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46 A Different Alchemy
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4.53 of 5 stars 4.53 avg rating — 59 ratings
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47 Parable of the Sower (Earth...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 13,764 ratings
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48 Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy, #1)
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 22,921 ratings
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49 Never Let Me Go
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 186,489 ratings
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50 The Long Walk
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 47,225 ratings
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51 Robopocalypse (Robopocalyps...
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 18,484 ratings
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52 The Children of Men
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 21,025 ratings
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53 Dies the Fire (Emberverse, #1)
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 8,355 ratings
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54 Watership Down
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 194,332 ratings
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55 Pretties (Uglies, #2)
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 139,154 ratings
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56 Unwind (Unwind, #1)
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 77,686 ratings
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57 Z for Zachariah
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 6,522 ratings
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58 Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 392,620 ratings
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59 Into the Forest
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 4,181 ratings
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60 Good Omens: The Nice and Ac...
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 183,405 ratings
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61 Delirium (Delirium, #1)
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 186,130 ratings
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62 Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1)
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 49,497 ratings
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63 Snow Crash
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 120,701 ratings
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64 V for Vendetta
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 123,477 ratings
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65 Wastelands: Stories of the ...
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 4,101 ratings
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66 The Chrysalids
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 19,484 ratings
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67 Neuromancer (Sprawl, #1)
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 140,676 ratings
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68 Riddley Walker
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 3,427 ratings
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69 Day by Day Armageddon (Day ...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 8,739 ratings
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70 Dream Caster (Dream Cycle, #1)
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 117 ratings
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71 The Dead and the Gone (Last...
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 19,224 ratings
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72 The Running Man
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 40,292 ratings
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73 Logan's Run (Logan, #1)
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 4,466 ratings
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74 Armageddon's Children (Gene...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 8,326 ratings
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75 Specials (Uglies, #3)
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 99,672 ratings
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76 The Dead-Tossed Waves (The ...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 20,185 ratings
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77 The Death of Grass
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 2,583 ratings
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78 Galápagos
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 36,372 ratings
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79 Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 1,226 ratings
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80 Shadow and Claw (The Book o...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 7,349 ratings
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81 Eternity Road
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 2,529 ratings
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82 The Reapers Are the Angels
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 5,365 ratings
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83 Damnation Alley
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3.52 of 5 stars 3.52 avg rating — 2,388 ratings
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84 The Fifth Sacred Thing (May...
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 2,947 ratings
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84 Rot and Ruin (Benny Imura, #1)
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 15,729 ratings
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86 Birthmarked (Birthmarked, #1)
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 26,440 ratings
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87 This World We Live In (Last...
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 15,713 ratings
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88 The Brief History of the Dead
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 6,951 ratings
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89 Echo's Remnant (The Echo Ch...
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90 The Rising
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 4,883 ratings
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91 Hater (Hater, #1)
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 5,438 ratings
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92 Emergence
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 769 ratings
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93 When the Wind Blows
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 781 ratings
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94 Cell
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 93,566 ratings
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95 The Walking Dead, Vol. 01: ...
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 84,021 ratings
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96 I Am Legend
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 22,274 ratings
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97 Under the Dome
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 116,572 ratings
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98 The Girl Who Owned a City
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 2,421 ratings
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99 Monster Island (Zombies, #1)
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 6,216 ratings
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100 The Knife of Never Letting ...
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message 1: by Osvaldo (new)

Osvaldo Ortega Here is a list for the best of 'after the fall'. I wondered whether to call this apocalyptic or post-apoc. My interest lies more in what happens after it all goes wrong. Though the narration of how it all ends in 'Alas Babylon' had me riveted.


Mike (the Paladin) Lucifer's Hammer and The Postman are listed in separate editions that need to be consolidated... They'd be higher on the list if all their votes were together.


message 3: by Neospooky (new)

Neospooky There's a lot of things on the list that aren't post-apocalyptic and are simply dystopian. But it did point me in the right direction to add to my "to-read" list!


Mike (the Paladin) That seems to happen on a lot of lists. Epic fantasy or Urban fantasy lists end up with almost anything that "might" be considered fantasy and so on. I don't think everyone reads the requirements that closely... Oh well.


message 5: by Tina (new)

Tina A good many of these aren't post-apocalyptic or even dystopian! Many of these are just set in the future! Snow Crash is not post-apocalyptic. Neuromancer is not post-apocalyptic. Never Let Me Go is the furthest thing from post-apocalyptic. WTF.


message 6: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Neospooky wrote: "There's a lot of things on the list that aren't post-apocalyptic and are simply dystopian. But it did point me in the right direction to add to my "to-read" list!"

There are some books that belong on neither post-apocalyptic or Dystopian lists. Utopia by Lincoln Child is a good example.


message 7: by Malia (new)

Malia What part about the fall of the united states gonverment, crash of all major mainstream religions, and people living in u-store-it franchises makes Snow Crash and non post apocalyptic book? It's cover should be by the word in the dictionary as an example. And news flash all post-apocalyptic books are set in the future.


message 8: by Sérgio (last edited Oct 28, 2012 07:15AM) (new)

Sérgio Wow! I don't even consider myself that well-read but I can see that this list needs serious cleaning up.

Here are the books that I've read that I'm pretty sure don't fit the list, but since I'm not the list creator I won't erase anything if there isn't some consensus over it.

Brave New World
The War of the Worlds
The Trial
The Man in the High Castle
Roadside Picnic
Naked Lunch

What do you people think?


message 9: by Mike (last edited Nov 26, 2012 07:50AM) (new)

Mike Add Ender's Game to the list of books on here that are neither post-apocalyptic nor dystopian if these are to have any meaning as sub-genres.


message 10: by Audrey (new)

Audrey How is Good Omens post- apocalyptic? It is a book ABOUT the apocalypse.


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