What are the best post-apocalyptic fiction books?

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    Stephanie Stone
    Written on October 17, 2018
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      The Hunger Games

      The Hunger Games is the first novel of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins which centers on Katniss Everdeen who volunteers as tribute to replace her younger sister in a game televised and ruled by a dictatorial government.

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      $10.99

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      Martha Herrera
      Written on April 22, 2018
      "This is the first novel of the trilogy of the hunger games. Each year there is a fight to the death on live TV. Katniss Everdeen, who lives with her mother and younger sister,..."
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      Martha Herrera
      Written on April 22, 2018
      "This is the first novel of the trilogy of the hunger games. Each year there is a fight to the death on live TV. Katniss Everdeen, who lives with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence, when her sister is drawn she takes her place, she is forced to represent her district in the Games."
    2. 33
      Divergent

      Divergent is the first dystopian novel in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth which is set in a post-apocalyptic society divided into five factions where Beatrice Prior has to choose only one to devote her life to.

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      $12.99

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      Randy Lucas
      Written on January 29, 2018
      "I love post apocalyptic fiction. Divergent is my spirit animal. It's got me lookin' like a snack! I can't handle the complexity and length of books for adults, so this is..."
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      Randy Lucas
      Written on January 29, 2018
      "I love post apocalyptic fiction. Divergent is my spirit animal. It's got me lookin' like a snack! I can't handle the complexity and length of books for adults, so this is perfect for me. I'm pretty simpleminded and dull, so these theme suit me like a pair of Crocs. I'm 35 years old by the way."
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      The Stand

      The Stand is Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and tangled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The survivors will have to choose between two very different leaders and ultimately decide the fate of all humanity.

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      $9.99

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      Howard Green
      Written on February 2, 2018
      "A great creation and you can't ignore it value for money"
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      Howard Green
      Written on February 2, 2018
      "A great creation and you can't ignore it value for money"
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      The Giver

      The Giver is a book by Lois Lowry that tells the story of Jonas, a boy who lives in a very structured society where everyone has a role. He will soon discover what his role is meant to be, and it will change his life.

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      $9.17

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      Roger Powell
      Written on January 28, 2018
      "A very unique take on this type of genre, and one that started many movies which stole the concept from. If you enjoy this type of thing, you need to read this book."
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      Roger Powell
      Written on January 28, 2018
      "A very unique take on this type of genre, and one that started many movies which stole the concept from. If you enjoy this type of thing, you need to read this book."
    2. 28
      The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower)
      Stephen King's The Gunslinger tells the story of the Roland Deschain of Gilead, the last gunslinger, as he traverses the desert in pursuit of the evil Man in Black. This is the first book of The Dark Tower series.
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      $9.99

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      Howard Peters
      Written on April 12, 2018
      "This is an epic series. If you have not read these then I envy you. They are a real find, you will not be disappointed. A brilliant book by one of the best authors. I read..."
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      Howard Peters
      Written on April 12, 2018
      "This is an epic series. If you have not read these then I envy you. They are a real find, you will not be disappointed. A brilliant book by one of the best authors. I read these long ago and I still have vivid memories of the books."
    3. 27
      World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
      World War Z is a fictional collection of narratives of eyewitnesses and survivors of the worldwide zombie plague. It was written by American author Max Brooks and was published in 2007 by Three Rivers Press.
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      $16

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      Rajesh Patel
      Written on January 27, 2018
      "This is an awesome book that in my opinion is better then the movie (usually books are). I love the premise of the book and that it takes a (fictional) real approach on how to..."
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      Rajesh Patel
      Written on January 27, 2018
      "This is an awesome book that in my opinion is better then the movie (usually books are). I love the premise of the book and that it takes a (fictional) real approach on how to defeat a potential zombie attack. Rather then like the movies glossing over certain key details that might stop the zombies this book takes into account all environmental factors as well as the ability of those who are not zombies to stand up to the hordes of the undead. A must read if you like the movie."
    4. 24
      Swan Song
      Swan Song is a post-apocalyptic horror novel by Robert McCammon. The evil Man with the Scarlet Eye wants to destroy a girl named Swan, but the last survivors of the nuclear war are determined to protect her.
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      $10.99

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      Alice Jacobs
      Written on January 29, 2018
      "I loved this novel, it's very well written. If anyone asks me for a good read in a genre that they haven't tried yet, this one would be my top recommendation. I'm excited to..."
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      Alice Jacobs
      Written on January 29, 2018
      "I loved this novel, it's very well written. If anyone asks me for a good read in a genre that they haven't tried yet, this one would be my top recommendation. I'm excited to explore other books written by this author."
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      Station Eleven
      In Station Eleven, a swine flu pandemic wreaked havoc and wiped out the world's population. It follows the lives of a Hollywood actor, a paparazzi, and a traveling group of actors performing for surviving communities.
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      $16

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      Juan Greene
      Written on February 3, 2018
      "ive never heard of this book before today. reading the reviews, it does look like something that i would read and i am very interesting to check it out"
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      Juan Greene
      Written on February 3, 2018
      "ive never heard of this book before today. reading the reviews, it does look like something that i would read and i am very interesting to check it out"
    6. 20
      Alas, Babylon

      In Alas, Babylon, a small town in Florida is spared from the nuclear war that decimates the world. Led by Randolph Bragg, the inhabitants of the town work together in order to survive and recover from the tragedy.

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      $15.99

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      Jason West
      Written on February 8, 2018
      "Alas, Babylon takes place after a nuclear holocaust has destroyed the world. The setting, characters, and plot are definitely some of the more enjoyable that I've seen out of..."
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      Jason West
      Written on February 8, 2018
      "Alas, Babylon takes place after a nuclear holocaust has destroyed the world. The setting, characters, and plot are definitely some of the more enjoyable that I've seen out of this type of genre of literature."
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      Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy)

      Oryx and Crake is a speculative fiction novel by Margaret Atwood, the award-winning author of The Handmaid's Tale. Oryx and Crake follows the life of Snowman, his friend Crake, and Oryx, the woman they both love.

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      $16

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      John Schneider
      Written on February 5, 2018
      "Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy) is an unnerving and exiting tale of a young man trying to survive the plague. Atwood excells at painting a picture of a dystopia future that..."
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      John Schneider
      Written on February 5, 2018
      "Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy) is an unnerving and exiting tale of a young man trying to survive the plague. Atwood excells at painting a picture of a dystopia future that is eerily reminiscent of our own modern day problems."
    8. 16
      Lucifer's Hammer

      Lucifer's Hammer is set in a post-apocalyptic world, after pieces of the Hammer-Brown comet struck Earth. The story follows the survivors of the impact, dubbed "Hammerfall," as they try to rebuild civilization.

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      $13.29

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      Ayaan Kapur
      Written on January 29, 2018
      "Lucifer's Hammer is a very interesting read about an asteroid that collides with Earth and essentially plunges the world into chaos. Looting, religious zealots, nukes, tidal..."
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      Ayaan Kapur
      Written on January 29, 2018
      "Lucifer's Hammer is a very interesting read about an asteroid that collides with Earth and essentially plunges the world into chaos. Looting, religious zealots, nukes, tidal waves, etc. It's very action packed and full of detail. It does have quite a bit of technical science, but it should be easy enough to pick up on. Overall it really is a good read and definitely worth reading at least once."
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      On the Beach
      After the war that took most human life from Earth is over, a radioactive cloud has made the southern countries the only inhabitable place on Eart. One of these survivors is an American submarine captain, that after picking up a Morse code signal, will go back to the United States looking for more survivors. 




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      $15.95

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      Elizabeth Roberts
      Written on April 7, 2018
      "On the Beach is a great book. Unfortunately this version is not the full version. This is a poor attempt at a condensed version. If you can find the original version it would..."
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      Elizabeth Roberts
      Written on April 7, 2018
      "On the Beach is a great book. Unfortunately this version is not the full version. This is a poor attempt at a condensed version. If you can find the original version it would be a great read. This is a dumbed down version."
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      The Road
      The Road is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Cormac McCarthy. It tells the story of a father and son walking through post-apocalyptic America to reach the coast. This is an ultimate story of survival in a desolate world.
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      $9.99

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      Paul Howard
      Written on March 10, 2018
      "Read this with hesitance after seeing the not so impressive movie. I am glad I did. This gets a lot of what i would be like if the world ended. Correctly. Deep plot and..."
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      Paul Howard
      Written on March 10, 2018
      "Read this with hesitance after seeing the not so impressive movie. I am glad I did. This gets a lot of what i would be like if the world ended. Correctly. Deep plot and explains a lot of what was missed in the movie. Dark plot, not for the faint of heart, but one that I would recommend reading."
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      The Twelve (The Passage)
      The Twelve is a bestselling suspense thriller novel by Justin Cronin. It tells the story of a group of twelve people as they travel through an infected wasteland in an attempt to save mankind from extinction.
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      $16

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      Kevin Hansen
      Written on March 27, 2018
      "Apocalyptic literature really isn't my cup of tea. After a crappy day at work, do I really want to settle down to this? But if you're in the "well it could be A LOT worse..."
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      Kevin Hansen
      Written on March 27, 2018
      "Apocalyptic literature really isn't my cup of tea. After a crappy day at work, do I really want to settle down to this? But if you're in the "well it could be A LOT worse camp," then maybe you'll find it interesting."
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      A Canticle for Leibowitz

      A Canticle for Leibowitz is a Hugo Award-winning speculative fiction novel by Walter M. Miller, Jr. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, it tells the story of a group of monks who are dedicated to enriching the relics of Saint Isaac Leibowitz.

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      $7.99

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      Beverly Gibson
      Written on May 2, 2018
      "I found this to be one of the best post-apocalyptic fictions I have read in quit some time. I loved the flow of the book. Great read!"
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      Beverly Gibson
      Written on May 2, 2018
      "I found this to be one of the best post-apocalyptic fictions I have read in quit some time. I loved the flow of the book. Great read!"
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      The Passage
      The Passage is the first book in The Passage Trilogy written by Justin Cronin. This horror science fiction novel has over 700 pages and published in 2010 by Ballantine Books.
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      $18

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      Pari Pillai
      Written on April 21, 2018
      "Great read. You'll be so entranced, by time you finish you won't even notice you read over 700 pages."
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      Pari Pillai
      Written on April 21, 2018
      "Great read. You'll be so entranced, by time you finish you won't even notice you read over 700 pages."
    14. 1
      Normal: A Novel

      Normal is a techno-thriller novel written by Warren Ellis. First published in 2016 by FSG Originals under ISBN 0374534977, it centers on the story of Adam Dearden, a foresight strategist focusing on geoengineering.

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      $5.96

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      Christine Cole
      Written on April 27, 2018
      "This is a pretty good dark humor post-apocalyptic book. I like the idea of 'abyss gaze' (depression from predicting the future) as it just realistic enough to be depressingly..."
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      Christine Cole
      Written on April 27, 2018
      "This is a pretty good dark humor post-apocalyptic book. I like the idea of 'abyss gaze' (depression from predicting the future) as it just realistic enough to be depressingly funny."
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      Rot & Ruin
      Set in a post-apocalyptic America that is infested with zombies, Benny Imura is struggling with finding a job. Since everyone who is unemployed when they turn 15 sees their rations cut in half, he has no choice but to start working as a zombie hunter. 




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      $4.25

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      Peter Murphy
      Written on April 2, 2018
      "It is book about fiction struggling"
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      Peter Murphy
      Written on April 2, 2018
      "It is book about fiction struggling"
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      The Judas Syndrome
      The Judas Syndrome is a post-apocalyptic novel by Michael Poeltl. It is the first book in the series of the same name, and it tells the story of Joel and his friends as they try to rely on each other for survival.
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      $20.9 - Varies by seller

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      Alice Larson
      Written on April 8, 2018
      "This is a book that would be great for teens. I think it would be more interesting and exciting for that age. I think the plot of the book is nothing special, it is something..."
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      Alice Larson
      Written on April 8, 2018
      "This is a book that would be great for teens. I think it would be more interesting and exciting for that age. I think the plot of the book is nothing special, it is something that has been done before. There are countless books about the apocolypse and this one doesn't really seem to have anything that sets it apart."
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      Warday
      Warday is a post-apocalyptic suspense novel written by James Kunetka and Whitley Strieber. Set in 1988, five years after the first nuclear war, it tells the story of two survivors as they travel across America.
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      $16.99 - Varies by seller

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      Linda Wallace
      Written on April 8, 2018
      "Get ready to have your mind blown if you are a true doomsday fan. this novel is a perfect example of how life imitates art. It takes you to the darkest places of humanity and..."
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      Linda Wallace
      Written on April 8, 2018
      "Get ready to have your mind blown if you are a true doomsday fan. this novel is a perfect example of how life imitates art. It takes you to the darkest places of humanity and paints a perfect picture of what life could be like during those darkest hours."
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      The Infection

      The Infection is the first book in The Infection series written by Craig DiLouie. This novel is a horror apocalyptic science fiction. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2011 by Permuted Press.

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      $5.99

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      Tyler Harper
      Written on April 20, 2018
      "An interesting take on the horror-sci fi genre that includes zombies. But it presents it in an interesting way and is a good read if you aren't entirely jaded to the idea."
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      Tyler Harper
      Written on April 20, 2018
      "An interesting take on the horror-sci fi genre that includes zombies. But it presents it in an interesting way and is a good read if you aren't entirely jaded to the idea."
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      Domain of the Dead
      The world is dead, devoured by a plague of reanimated corpses. In a crumbling city Sarah, Nathan, and a band of survivors barricade themselves inside a warehouse surrounded by a sea of shambling putrefaction. Days in seclusion blur by, and their food is nearly gone. The group is faced with two possible deaths: creeping starvation, or the undead outside the warehouse. As Sarah stands on the edge of the warehouse roof preparing to step out into oblivion she spots a glimmer of hope. In the distance a helicopter approaches the city ... but is it the salvation the survivors have been waiting for? And do they dare attempt to fight their way through the mass of infected dead to reach it?
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      $16.95

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      Patricia Wallace
      Written on April 18, 2018
      "This book is just another cookie cutter zombie book. If you've read one, you've read them all really."
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      Patricia Wallace
      Written on April 18, 2018
      "This book is just another cookie cutter zombie book. If you've read one, you've read them all really."
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      Degeneration

      Degeneration is a horror zombie apocalypse fiction written by Mark D. Campbell. This book is the first book in the Degeneration series. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2015 by Permuted Press.

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      $5.99

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      Harry Hoffman
      Written on April 12, 2018
      "This book was pretty good. It is a good read is you like zombie stuff."
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      Harry Hoffman
      Written on April 12, 2018
      "This book was pretty good. It is a good read is you like zombie stuff."
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      The Fireman: A Novel

      The Fireman is a post-apocalyptic horror novel written by Joe Hill. First published in 2016 by William Morrow under ISBN 0062200631, it won the Locus Award for Best Horror Novel.

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      $4.74

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      David Caballero
      Written on May 5, 2018
      "Books about rampant epidemics which bring about the end of human civilization are a dime a dozen these days, with most of said epidemics being ones which turn people either..."
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      David Caballero
      Written on May 5, 2018
      "Books about rampant epidemics which bring about the end of human civilization are a dime a dozen these days, with most of said epidemics being ones which turn people either into zombies or zombie-like mutants. Thankfully then, The Fireman shakes up the formula just a little bit then by being about an epidemic which causes people to spontaneously combust instead. I wouldn't say it's the best book of its kind ever written, but it does manage to capture the readers' attention and even become riveting at points. Plus hey, spontaneous combustion in itself is a pretty gnarly concept. I'd say it's good for when you're out of top-shelf books to read but still want something decent."
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      Joshua Howard
      Written on May 1, 2018
      "I can never get enough of t he post-apocalyptic setting in novels, this one does it exceptionally well. You will be at the edge of your seat, waiting for the next scare."
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      The Crystal World

      The Crystal World is a fictional post apocalyptic novel written by James Graham "J.G." Ballard. The Crystal World was published on May 1, 1988 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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      $14

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      Lisa Bowman
      Written on May 6, 2018
      "The Crystal World is a perfect non fiction post apocalyptic novel for some someone interested in it. It a book about a physician who specialiazes in the treatment of leprosy..."
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      Lisa Bowman
      Written on May 6, 2018
      "The Crystal World is a perfect non fiction post apocalyptic novel for some someone interested in it. It a book about a physician who specialiazes in the treatment of leprosy and it is post apocalyptica."
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      Peter Evans
      Written on May 2, 2018
      "A fascinating look at a unique postapocalyptic world."
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      The Drowned World

      The Drowned World is a fictional post apocalyptic novel written by James Graham "J.G." Ballard. The Drowned World was published on September 9, 1999 by Victor Gollancz.

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      $23.95

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      Zachary Snyder
      Written on May 1, 2018
      "This is one of the most unique post-apocalyptic books I have ever read. It takes place quite some time after the world as we know it changes. I found it very refreshing to..."
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      Zachary Snyder
      Written on May 1, 2018
      "This is one of the most unique post-apocalyptic books I have ever read. It takes place quite some time after the world as we know it changes. I found it very refreshing to read a book in the genre that takes place in a more natural world with animals becoming dominant again."
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      Fiskadoro

      Fiskadoro is classic science fiction novel written by Denis Johnson which is about the post-nuclear story set in Key West about people trying to live in their new world.

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      $14.99

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      Liu Yang
      Written on May 7, 2018
      "This is a well written book. I must say though, the early parts of the book were better than the latter parts. I was really enjoying the book at the start but it slowed down a..."
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      Liu Yang
      Written on May 7, 2018
      "This is a well written book. I must say though, the early parts of the book were better than the latter parts. I was really enjoying the book at the start but it slowed down a bit."
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      Notes from the Internet Apocalypse

      Notes from the Internet Apocalypse is the first book in Wayne Gladstone's apocalyptic series for young adults, the Internet Apocalypse trilogy. It was published in 2014 and is about the events that will occur after the downfall of the internet.

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      $23.99

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      James Austin
      Written on May 18, 2018
      "Notes from the Internet Apocalypse is a book about the end of the internet. It is a well written satire by Wayne Gladstone that is the first book of a series. Gladstone..."
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      James Austin
      Written on May 18, 2018
      "Notes from the Internet Apocalypse is a book about the end of the internet. It is a well written satire by Wayne Gladstone that is the first book of a series. Gladstone brings a humoresque style that appeals to many. Notes from the Internet Apocalypse is well paced and engaging."
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      The V Girl
      Set in a post-apocalyptic America, this book narrates the story of Lila Velez, a young girl desperate to lose her virginity to whoever she wishes. She is afraid the enemy troops will visit her village and take her with no consequences, as sexual slavery is not forbidden. Despite not quite trusting him, she falls for Aleksey Fürst, a foreign man who turns to be very possessive and jealous.


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      $2.99

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      Andrea Pena
      Written on March 11, 2018
      "I just finished reading The V Girl, a book set in post-apocalyptic America. I enjoyed the concept, but the characters were weak and the plot was rather thin. Not the best book..."
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      Andrea Pena
      Written on March 11, 2018
      "I just finished reading The V Girl, a book set in post-apocalyptic America. I enjoyed the concept, but the characters were weak and the plot was rather thin. Not the best book in the post apocalyptic genera."

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    Best post-apocalyptic fiction books
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    1 The Hunger Games Books 38 Paid
    2 Divergent Books 33 Paid
    3 The Stand Books 32 Paid
    4 The Giver Books 30 Paid
    5 The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower) Books 28 Paid
    6 World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War Books 27 Paid
    7 Swan Song Books 24 Paid
    8 Station Eleven Books 22 Paid
    9 Alas, Babylon Books 20 Paid
    10 Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy) Books 18 Paid
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