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33 Best Apocalyptic Books of All Time


Our goal: Gather the most accurate and trustworthy list of Apocalyptic books on the internet.

Our process:
1. Search for "best Apocalyptic books" and click on the top 5 articles.
2. Find every book mentioned in 2+ articles and average their rankings.
3. Deliver them all neatly to you here! 😊

(Updated 2022)

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  1. 1

    The Stand

    Stephen King

    Appears in 5 articles
  2. MOST RECOMMENDED!
    2

    The Road

    Cormac McCarthy

    Appears in 5 articles
  3. 3

    Swan Song

    Robert R. McCammon

    Appears in 5 articles
  4. 4

    I Am Legend

    Richard Matheson

    Appears in 4 articles
  5. 5

    Oryx and Crake

    Margaret Atwood

    Appears in 4 articles
  6. 6

    World War Z

    Max Brooks

    Appears in 4 articles
  7. 7

    Earth Abides

    George R. Stewart

    Appears in 4 articles
  8. 8

    The Passage

    Justin Cronin

    Appears in 4 articles
  9. 9

    One Second After

    William R. Forstchen

    Appears in 3 articles
  10. 10

    Station Eleven

    Emily St. John Mandel

    Appears in 3 articles
  11. 11

    Parable of the Sower

    Octavia E. Butler

    Appears in 3 articles
  12. 12

    The Dog Stars

    Peter Heller

    Appears in 3 articles
  13. 13
    Appears in 3 articles
  14. 14

    A Canticle for Leibowitz

    Walter M. Miller Jr.

    Appears in 3 articles
  15. 15

    On the Beach

    Nevil Shute

    Appears in 3 articles
  16. 16

    Blindness

    Jose Saramago

    Appears in 3 articles
  17. 17
    Appears in 3 articles
  18. 18

    The Slynx

    Tatyana Tolstaya

    Appears in 3 articles
  19. 19

    Bird Box

    Josh Malerman

    Appears in 2 articles
  20. 20
    Appears in 2 articles
  21. 21

    Metro 2033

    Dmitry Glukhovsky

    Appears in 2 articles
  22. 22
    Appears in 2 articles
  23. 23
    Appears in 2 articles
  24. 24
    Appears in 2 articles
  25. 25

    The Postman

    David Brin

    Appears in 2 articles
  26. 26

    Into the Forest

    Jean Hegland

    Appears in 2 articles
  27. 27

    Eternity Road

    Jack McDevitt

    Appears in 2 articles
  28. 28

    The Book of M

    Peng Shepherd

    Appears in 2 articles
  29. 29
    Appears in 2 articles
  30. 30

    The Drowned World

    J. G. Ballard

    Appears in 2 articles
  31. 31

    Riddley Walker

    Russell Hoban

    Appears in 2 articles
  32. 32

    The Last Man

    Mary Shelley

    Appears in 2 articles
  33. 33

    Afterland

    Lauren Beukes

    Appears in 2 articles

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