Not Your Average Books About The Apocalypse

Article by Danielle

This week we’re all about the end times at Brazos. How could we not be, considering rising North Korean hostilities, global temperatures, and debt? We’re also very excited that Owen Egerton is appearing at Brazos on Tuesday to discuss his latest apocalyptic satire, EVERYONE SAYS AT THE END OF THE WORLD. Egerton’s hilarious romp through disaster follows a motley crew of characters as they struggle to survive the last four days of life on Earth. We know you’re familiar with THE ROAD, CANTICLE FOR LEIBOWITZ, and THE HUNGER GAMES, but here are some lesser-known apocalyptic novels well worth your attention. -Danielle

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ISBN: 9780385333481
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Published: Dial Press - September 8th, 1998

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ISBN: 9780385333870
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Published: Dial Press - January 11th, 1999

Vonnegut had an unending fascination with apocalypse and returned to the topic again and again throughout his writing life. It’s hard to blame someone who survived the firebombing of Dresden for being a bit wrapped up in such big questions! Both of these novels employ a satirical tone to pose serious questions about the moral nature of humankind. While GALAPAGOS follows the distant seal-like descendents of the last humans able to breed after the mysterious onset of worldwide infertility, CAT’S CRADLE tells the story of apocalypse by ice-nine, a mysterious substance that turns liquid water to ice at room temperature.

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679743460
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - March 2nd, 1993

Here’s one of Murakami’s strangest novels, and if you’ve ever read Murakami you know that’s saying something! The novel is split between two worlds: a futuristic ‘real world’ based in tone and atmosphere on hard-boiled detective fiction, and a dream world located in the narrator’s unconscious mind. This one isn’t about a worldwide apocalypse, exactly, but it is about the end of a world, and I promise you’ve never read another book quite like it!

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ISBN: 9780253212344
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Published: Indiana University Press - September 22nd, 1998

This one’s the very definition of a cult classic. The people who have read it are evangelical about it, but most people haven’t ever heard its name. Riddley Walker is a boy living in what was once England several centuries after a nuclear holocaust. The other humans in Walker’s tribe are illiterate and violent, speak a colorful creole English and transmit information and spiritual succor via traveling Punch and Judy puppet shows. An eerie, magical, totally unforgettable novel that, in this reviewer’s estimation, deserves a thousand times the acclaim it currently receives.

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ISBN: 9780679730347
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 1991

This half-murder mystery half-apocalyptic satire tells the twin intertwined stories of the death of bad girl Nicola Six and the demise of planet Earth. True to Amis’s form, each of the novel’s characters is more despicable than the last. This acerbic, hilarious book, set in a near future haunted by imminent nuclear war, is still considered to be one of Amis’s finest.

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ISBN: 9780547572529
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Published: Mariner Books - October 23rd, 2012

Science fiction master and imaginative genius Philip Dick penned this novel in response to Kubrick’s apocalyptic masterpiece Dr. Strangelove. After watching it, Dick found himself wondering about what might have happened to the survivors of the nuclear holocaust that famously ends that film. Dick’s huge cast of characters includes government officials, ordinary citizens of Marin County, and an inexplicable sentient fetus named Bill.

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