Riot Recommendation

Riot Recommendation: A Round-Up of Apocalyptic Stories

Rebecca Joines Schinsky

Chief of Staff

Rebecca Joines Schinsky is the executive director of product and ecommerce at Riot New Media Group. She co-hosts All the Books! and the Book Riot Podcast. Follow her on Twitter: @rebeccaschinsky.

This installment of Riot Recommendation is sponsored by After the Snow by S.D. Crockett

The oceans stopped working before Willo was born, so the world of ice and snow is all he’s ever known. He lives with his family deep in the wilderness, far from the government’s controlling grasp. Willo’s survival skills are put to the test when he arrives home one day to find his family gone. It could be the government; it could be scavengers–all Willo knows is he has to find refuge and his family. It is a journey that will take him into the city he’s always avoided, with a girl who needs his help more than he knows


On Monday, we asked for recommendations of your favorite “after the bomb/plague/invasion” stories. There were a TON of great responses. Here’s what you guys suggested in the comments and on Facebook and Twitter.

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

The Passage by Justin Cronin

Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon

The Silent Land by Graham Joyce

The Stand by Stephen King

The Dark Tower series by Stephen King

Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

The Parable of the Sower and The Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse edited by John Joseph Adams

Ablaze by Piers Paul Read

Flood by Stephen Baxter

Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven and J.E. Pournelle

Ill Wind by Rachel Caine

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament by S.G. Browne

The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

The Scarlet Plague by Jack London

The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Earth Abides by George R. Stewart

Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank

Children of Men by P.D. James

World Made by Hand by James Howard Kunstler

One Second After by William R. Forstchen

On the Beach by Nevil Shute

The Postman by David Brin

Hiroshima by John Hersey

“A Boy and His Dog” by Harlan Ellison

Far North by Marcel Theroux

Through Darkest America and Dawn’s Uncertain Light by Neal Barrett

Long Voyage Home by Luke Rhinehart

Soft Apocalypse by Will McIntosh

Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse by Victor Gischler

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

After London Or, Wild England by Richard Jefferies

News from Nowhere by William Morris