Top Ten Tuesday – This is the End

Posted August 13, 2013 by Bonnie in Top Ten Tuesday / 0 Comments

 
The End of the World… whether it be Post-Apocalyptic, Pre-Apocalyptic or Dystopian…
 
Ashfall (Ashfall, #1)Ashen Winter (Ashfall, #2)
Ashfall (Ashfall #1) by Mike Mullin
I don’t remember ever being so positively entranced by a post-apocalyptic novel. Ashfall was definitely what started my obsession with the end of the world setting and what encouraged me to read the following nine novels.
The Road
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Road is easily one of the most desolate novels I’ve ever read. This was actually one of the first audiobooks I’d ever listened to and had a fantastic narrator.
Ready Player One
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
This one was such a fun novel that it’s hard to remember the real world this novel lived in was such a dreary place. It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.”
The Reapers Are the Angels (Reapers, #1)
The Reapers Are the Angels (Reapers #1) by Alden Bell
This is frequently tagged as a zombie novel but this is at heart, a story of living and surviving. It’s beautifully written and is a real gem I’m so glad I didn’t miss out on. Now if I could just get my hand on the follow-up novel.
Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy, #1)The Year of the Flood (MaddAddam Trilogy, #2)
Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy #1) by Margaret Atwood
The Year of the Flood (MaddAddam Trilogy #2) by Margaret Atwood
These books made me an avid fan of Atwood. Her ability to create a fascinating yet realistic alternate world is truly impressive. I listened to both of these on audiobook and they were amazing. I’ll definitely be seeking out the audiobook for MaddAddam as well.
The Passage (The Passage, #1)
The Passage (The Passage #1) by Justin Cronin
The Passage is one of the most intricate and convoluted book I’ve ever read. With multiple story lines going on, The Passage really requires focus and patience to get through but is incredibly worth it. The follow-up Twelve was a bit of a disappointment though.
The Strain (The Strain Trilogy, #1)The Fall (The Strain Trilogy, #2)The Night Eternal (The Strain Trilogy, #3)
The Strain (The Strain Trilogy #1) by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
The Fall (The Strain Trilogy #2) by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
The Night Eternal (The Strain Trilogy #3) by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
While I wasn’t the hugest fan of the first installment (it read too much like a screenplay) the series as a whole was really solid. This is a post-apocalyptic novel for big fans of the paranormal.

Unwind (Unwind, #1)

Unwind (Unwind Dystology #1) by Neal Shusterman
This book was incredibly disturbing and is one alternate reality I hope to never find myself in. It was horrific and haunting but was one of the best YA books I’ve ever read.
The Age of Miracles
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
This was a huge surprise for me. This book is very slow to build but it’s that quiet intensity that really got me in the end. This is one end of the world story that was incredibly eerie with how very realistic it was. 
Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy, #1)Deadline (Newsflesh Trilogy, #2)Blackout (Newsflesh Trilogy, #3)
Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy #1) by Mira Grant
Deadline (Newsflesh Trilogy #2) by Mira Grant
Blackout (Newsflesh Trilogy #3) by Mira Grant
This is not the first time this trilogy has showed up my blog so it can’t be that big of a surprise it’s made yet another appearance. This is the series that actually got me into ‘zombie’ novels but this trilogy possesses such an intelligent and enthralling story line too.

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