Zombies, Floods, and Training Bras: The Best End-of-the-World Novels

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These novels imagine the apocalypse—some urgently, some helplessly, and some even affectionately.

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The unnamed protagonist and his son trek through a post-apocalyptic world in the 2009 film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road.' (Dimension Films)

This week marks the release of The Dog Stars, the debut novel by adventure writer Peter Heller, a stunning, hope-riddled end-of-the-world story about a man and his dog nine years after almost everyone else on earth has been eradicated. We think this novel is bound to become a classic, and it got us thinking about a few of the greatest apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic novels of all time. Check out the books that—to our minds—make up the best of the best in end-of-the-world lit.

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