Top 7 Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic Novels



hi everyone here's the bouquet miss once again and since today is such a nice and pretty and beautiful and sunny day let's talk a bit about the apocalypse I've recently read the Debit novel by JG Ballard the Drowned world and my opinion about it it's sort of mad if I do a review about it there will be a link in the description box yet that made me think about like the apocalyptic novels both in science fiction and in general fiction or literary fiction that I've read in my life and so I decided to do this chart and here we are and I know that seven is an ID optic number for a chart but out of those seven I didn't know which two books to pick to let out of it and then again it's also my favorite number so here we go number seven the swarm by Frank Schatz and a colossal novel that you will probably end up reading it look like a week because it's really really addicted not always extremely entertaining it's also really masterful in the way it makes this this scientific base it starts from with the fictional and fantastical elements it develops throughout the book in doing this shedding is at the same level as the best in in the field I will put it just beside like Michael Crichton and such the plot is really interesting and it deals with them in turn and mysterious manners coming from the ocean the characters are all really well shaped and your fur isn't scared to play with them and to do like horrible things to them it cooks you up really fast and is really fascinating at the same time there's a big split between the first and the second part of the book the first one being way more fast-paced and like addictive whereas the second part is sort of slower and der you also find some very cheap pop literature sort of locks twist and the ending is also a little bit too open for this kind of book at the same time if we are like on the beach it's somewhere if you're looking for very easy but very very entertaining and not too dumb book to read this warm is an excellent pick number six the War of the flies by Jack Spitz are very very underrated science fiction of or will produce some massively good literary science fiction works the War of the Flies is closer to a novella than to an actual novel and the title I think is pretty much self-explanatory it's really really interesting the way the whole apocalypse thing develops tweets like on history book but I really like interesting one of curs I think its best feature is that it's filled with really funny satirical jokes about the different the way they like the different countries of the world face the the flies Menace and the satirical element is made even more funny and way more tragical by the fact that the book is written like a few years before the outburst of world war ii like a few years later all these countries would have started an actual war but not against flies sadly number 5 an obvious one I am Legend wide rich and made Sun always an excellent pick not too long extremely entertaining it particularly deals with the way like the about the whole apocalypse Finn plays with like the psychology of one of the last survivors possibly the last survivor of the whole thing for a book with an incredibly simple base context and setting it keeps you read like really really well and around the ending it features some very interesting philosophical reflections upon like nature and value of the human race and by the way if you have seen the movie with Will Smith like read the book because it's really really different I like the movie but the book is another thing and you you grasp that from the very first page number four the War of the Salamanders by Karel Capek shopback topic is a massively important author in the history of science fiction it developed a number of the ideas that will be like developed further for the whole 20th century and to give you like a simple example is the guy who invented the word robot it was a way ahead of its time offer is a really interesting and entertaining one and the War of the salamander as much as the world flies is a really interesting and funny and very very sarcastic and satirical work it is packed with humor this one too it's sort of like a history book there's not too much direct action but it's always entertaining and it's sort of fast too toward ending yourself a masterful example of metafiction a really really good one it deals with the problems of biological engineering in a time to which biological engineering was just like an idea and it deals also with like the issues of contemporary society or with the way we deal with the lower social classes it's a really really clever novel in its central part it tends to be a little bit boring but apart from that it's a perfect book number three John Wyndham the day of the Triffids when it comes to apocalyptic science fiction Wyndham is among the very best so first in a jar day of the Triffids is in my opinion its masterpiece and it features all the elements that a nice entertaining science fiction book should feature an interesting enemy and interesting setting some reflection about both the human nature and a very specific contemporary situation like strong critic against the arms race and nuclear warfare and that sort of technology and it chains all of that to a very interesting plot to a nightmarish setting it's a really blood-chilling book and one that will keep you hooked throughout the whole lens it also features some very nice lyrical passages but it's never like loses contact with its genre and it never gets over the top and by the way the other famous Wyndham apocalyptic novel Kraken awaits is like a bee only inspired by the world Saunders by the way books and quills did an awesome review of the day of the Triffids so if you're interested in another opinion and in some more informations about the blood watch that video in description box number two Neville shot on the beach one of the best books I've ever read in the aftermath of a thermonuclear conflict they're like the remains of humanity are confined in Australia and in the other parts of the like southern hemisphere and are facing a very terrible fate in the matter of like a year they will all face like their end because of the level of radiation in the atmosphere and so on on the beach is a wonderful reflection on the nature of warfare on the fate of humankind on the nature of like nuclear weapons and like mutual assured destruction and of the whole Cold War strategy of tension and in my opinion its main strength is that it can be really really disturbing without having to show directly any scene of gruesome deaths or radiation sickness and so on it manages to be delicate from its own land but at the same time is extremely real read another one of course rode by McCarty after an extremely long and extremely productive and extremely good career McCarty writes what some consider to be his masterpiece I don't think it's this best book but it's really really a masterpiece and probably the best book in the whole genre of apocalyptic fiction the way this extreme setting changes the characters in such a deep way is masterfully exposed and in general as much as on the beach the book can be delicate at times and masterfully lyrical the ending for example is one of the best lyrical prose passages I've ever read but it can also be really really gruesome and really like strong and in this very deep and sharp contrast between the two phases of reality the brutal and gruesome and terrible one and beautiful and awe-inspiring one lies the beauty of like McCarty's writing and lies what McCarty can actually show you as a writer and it can actually give you in its books in this way in bringing these contracts to the extreme I think that on the road can be considered to be among the best of McCarty's like works even though is sort of different from all these other novels if you have read it and you want to go deeper I suggest you outer dark which is one of these earlier novels in which you find a very similar plot though this is not an apocalyptic novel but you also find some seeds of proto POC elliptic fiction in outer dark I think that the whole idea for the road was probably already around at the time of outer dark so these were my seven titles now it's your turn what are your favorite novels in this genre if you've read any of these novels what do you think about them if you have read the O floors and you want to suggest me other books from them you feel free to do that and in general if you have anything to say please do that in the comments thanks a lot for watching I hope you liked this video and if you did it will be also need to click on the like button and if you will consider subscribing to the channel CNN everyone and bye guys

23 thoughts on “Top 7 Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic Novels

  1. Ha! What about J.G. Ballard's "Hello America!" And (by now) William Gibson's "The Peripheral." And … the list goes on.

    According to Sarah Glidden (via Facebook; I'm one of her hangers-on), climate change science fiction is called "cli-fi." (Miming Johnny Carson voice): "Why, I had no idea!" Har har. 🙂

  2. Any list of books about the apocalypse is incomplete without including a book published in 1984, War Day by Jim Kunetka and Whitley Streiber. It's by far the most compelling and technically accurate depiction of nuclear war and its aftermath. The pair did an absolutely massive amount of research for the book and it shows. I have a close friend who was in the Strategic Air Command in the early and mid 80s, on a B52 that carried up to four megaton-range "city buster" gravity bombs and up to 24 cruise missiles with nuclear warheads. He read the book and said they got all the technical stuff right. And he did stress "all." The plot, characters, dialogue, and descriptive language are excellent. For the subject of nuclear war, this is a perfect book. It gets everything right. It doesn't seem to be all that well known now, which is surprising because the book was a huge best seller and has probably outsold every single book on your list, including On the Beach and The Road. War Day is to nuclear war literature what Threads is to movies in the same genre.

    I could sit here and type in book names and descriptions all day. I've been reading apocalyptic fiction for over forty years. But I'll limit myself to just one more. That book is The Last Ship by William Brinkley. Yes, it's the book the egregiously stupid TV series is purportedly based upon. But aside from the title, the book and (awful) TV series resemble each other very little. The book is as good as the series is bad. The one thing I dislike about the book is that the author doesn't paragraph as much as he should have, which makes some large blocks of text a bit tedious to read. And that's the only complaint I have, and might not have been the author's doing anyway. It could be something forced upon the book by an editor to reduce the number of pages and save the publisher money on paper (yes, things like that do happen in the publishing world.) The descriptive language in the book is so muscular that the book to which The Last Ship is most often compared is not another apocalyptic tale but rather Moby Dick. The characterization and dialogue are top rate, without even a whisper of stereotype, and the plot is deceptively simple. The ship participates in a strike against the Soviet Union with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles, then the captain and crew try to find a way to survive in a world that has just been blasted to cinders by a war in which everybody who had nuclear weapons used them. Some scenes, like a description of some wretched survivors who barely survived the detonations and aren't surviving the fallout will haunt you long after you finish the book. I've read every book in this genre I could lay my hands on, and believe me, the author never gets explicitly gruesome in his language but his description of those survivors is the most gut-punching portrayal of its sort I've ever read. Likewise, his description of a charred and lifeless London is so compelling you can almost smell the sulfurous smoke in the air. It's amazing that the only other book the author published in his lifetime was a 1950s lampoon of life in the Navy called Don't Go Near The Water.

    Ah, what the heck. Here's one more, and a rather obscure one: Where Late The Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm, an author known today primarily for her police and courtroom dramas, but who got her start in Science Fiction. This was, I believe, her first book and it won some serious awards. I won't get into the complex plot except to say that a combination of factors, environmental degradation, toxic pollution, bioengineered viruses that escaped a military lab somewhere, and many other environmental and genetic factors combine to cause the decline and pending extinction of many species of plant and animal, including humans. And one family clan forms a desperate plan to try to survive what they see coming. I discovered it by chance in a used book store about ten years ago, and was blown away by it. I've re-read i several times since, and sitting here just thinking about it makes me want to re-read it yet again. It's that good.

    And that's it. Thanks for your suggestions/reviews, and I hope you find mine interesting.

  3. Two of my favorites are “Children of Men,” by P. D. James (dystopian), and “Oryx and Crake,” by Margaret Atwood (post-apocalyptic).

  4. Did not see the Patriots novel series of 5 books by James Wesley, Rawles recommended. Including – Patriots, Survivors, Founders, Expatriates, Liberators. I suggest read Survivors first, then Patriots. Very addicting. Have not read the rest, yet. Looking forward to it.

  5. Cat’s Cradle by Vonnegut. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. Dhalgren by Samuel Delaney Childhoods End by Arthur Clarke. A Boy and his Dog by Harlan Ellison. Dies the Fire by SM Stirling.

  6. The road is pretty boring at the beginning, but then, after several, several pages, you know why many people loved the book

  7. Check out Doris Lessing's Mara and Dann. It is a post-apocalyptic novel set thousands of years in the future in a land called Ifrick which is Africa.

  8. I read I am Legend, The Road, On the Beach and The Day of the Triffids. LOVE The Road. My other favorites are Star Man's Son (1952) Andre Norton, Earth Abides (1949) George R. Stewart, Wool (2011) Hugh Howey, The Stand (1980) Stephen King, The Postman (1985) David Brin. There are probably others. Post-apocalypse is all I read and I tend to not remember titles and authors.

  9. I loved your book reviews! by chance do you have away, new authors can summit a book to you, and if you like it, would review it?

  10. I wrote a post apocalyptic zombie science fiction novel its my first book and I'm trying to get the name put i know you will love it it will keep you at the edge of your seats from start to finish. Its called Dead October its available on Amazon, Googlebooks, and Barnes and Nobles or my publishers website www.Authorhouse.com please read it and let me know what you think you can contact me on facebook thank you

  11. I've literally just finished I Am Legend and it actually overlaps a little in terms of message with Sapiens a brief history of humankind by yuval noah harari, which I've literally just started but won't get into because spoiler alert. 😉

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