The best books in post-apocalyptic/dystopian fiction

The Books I Picked & Why

I Am Eve

By Nicolina Martin

Book cover of I Am Eve

Why this book?

Nicolina Martin is an excellent indie author who hits all the genres I love with this book: post-apocalyptic/dystopian, romantic suspense, dark romance, action. I love this book because the characters are well-developed and interesting, the world-building is excellent, and the story is engrossing. This book pulls you in with its drama and storytelling and the reader is left more than satisfied by the happily-ever-after romance. 

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The Stand

By Stephen King

Book cover of The Stand

Why this book?

The book is a classic when it comes to the post-apocalypse genre. I love Stephen King’s brand of horror and this book is by far one of my all-time favourites. His world-building is phenomenal, sucking the reader in and holding us captive throughout the story. Not only does the reader get to explore a post-apocalyptic world but we also get to experience the downfall of civilization. The characters are diverse and the dichotomy between good and evil explored in a way that has me reading this book over and over. I highly recommend this book to apocalypse lovers.

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The Girl With All the Gifts

By M.R. Carey

Book cover of The Girl With All the Gifts

Why this book?

The Girl With All the Gifts is a gripping and emotional story that held on to me until the last word and well beyond. I read this book three years ago and I still think about it, still ponder the ethical issues brought up in this stunning story. The book is both brutal and visceral as it pulls the reader through the pages with superb storytelling. Every word felt like a gift and the reading experience was like watching a big blockbuster movie unfold in the pages. 

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Ready Player One

By Ernest Cline

Book cover of Ready Player One

Why this book?

Ready Player One is a fantastic book for all ages! Chapter after chapter of action-packed goodness and constant 80’s references make this book one of my absolute favourite rereads. I always manage to find something new to love when I pick it up. There’s something for everyone in this book whether you love romance, questing, gaming, music, and/or movies. Whatever your thing is, you will find it in this book, especially if you were born in the ’80s. 

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The Hunger Games

By Suzanne Collins

Book cover of The Hunger Games

Why this book?

The young adult category is rife with amazing post-apocalyptic/dystopian books and one of my absolute favourite authors for this is Suzanne Collins. In The Hunger Games she creates a rich and complex society that must sacrifice some of its own for the good of the community. The characters in these books are written in such a way that there is something relatable in each of them. The world-building is spellbinding in a story that is both heartbreaking and breathtaking at the same time. If you haven’t read The Hunger Games yet, I highly recommend this trilogy. 

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