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

By Emily Temple

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)
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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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