Reviews and Blog Posts: post-apocalyptic

Book Discovery: Baby, It's Cold in Space

As the weather starts to chill and snow starts to fall I get the unavoidable desire to delve into the desolate and far colder realm of outer space.

The girl with all the gifts

by Mike Carey

Reviewer Rating:
4

The Hungries have taken over the planet, but Melanie and her friends are safe in a boarding school, going to class every day, learning from different teachers after being escorted there by armed guards. But they're not really treated like the children in the stories their teachers read to them....

World War Z [an oral history of the zombie war]

by Max Brooks

Reviewer Rating:
4

This was so not what I was expecting, but I found myself getting caught up in the story. The interweaving of history with alternative near-future was surprisingly believable. The full cast recording was packed with familiar voices and lent the audio version the feel of a documentary.

The end games

by T. Michael Martin

Reviewer Rating:
4

I found it incredible the lengths teenage Michael would go to in order to keep his young brother safe and sane, creating an alternative reality for him and fighting zombies and nasty humans while scrounging for survival supplies.  The author does a pretty good job of keeping the reader guessing...

Love in the time of global warming

by Francesca Lia Block

Reviewer Rating:
4

This book is a dreamy post-apocalyptic story that follows the mythic moments of the Odyssey. It’s Francesca Lia Block at her best, with lovely and complex characters and intense storytelling. The story is strange and empowering and romantic in the best way. One particular detail about the book that I...

World after

by Susan Ee

Reviewer Rating:
3

World After is the sequel to Susan Ee’s debut novel, Angelfall, picking up moments after Angelfall and following the story of Penryn as she tries to keep her and her family alive in post-apocalyptic southern California. Angels have descended on earth in what some believe is the second coming of...

The stand. 1, Captain Trips

by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Reviewer Rating:
4

Since I've not read many graphic novels, I decided to read one based on a book I have already read. I like The Stand's story, so I could concentrate on the artwork and how it presents the story. This is actually part 1 of 6 books in the graphic-novel series--the original The Stand is...

The dog stars : a novel

by Peter Heller

Reviewer Rating:
5

"The Dog Stars" follows loveable Hig after a flu-pandemic that killed much of the known population, including his wife.  In the mean time, he protects his little piece of Colorado, as he seeks something greater.  "The Dog Stars" was a book that appealed to me from the very vague blurb, though...

The dog stars : a novel

by Peter Heller

Reviewer Rating:
5

Hands down one of the best novels of 2012. Nine years after a flu pandemic has practically wiped out humanity, a few survivors deal with the collapse of civilization. Written in a sort of stream-of-consciousness style, the book gets inside the head of Hig, a pilot who lives in a...

While Waiting for The Hunger Games Movie...

Summer of the Apocalypse

Are you one of the teens or adults who loved Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy and are wondering what to read while waiting for the movie to be released next spring?

Dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction is extremely popular right now. Here are some of the titles that some colleagues and I recently put together for a training on these topics. This post will concentrate on some favorite post-apocalyptic fiction. Look for some great dystopias in an upcoming post! What's the difference between dystopian & post-apocalyptic? In a nutshell: In a dystopia, there is a pseudo-utopian structure in society that has great flaws and the focus of the story is figuring out what is wrong and rebelling.

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