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33 Best Apocalyptic Books of All Time


Our goal: Build the most accurate list of best Apocalyptic books.

How we picked these:
1. Search for "best Apocalyptic books" and study the top 7 articles.
2. Add only the top books (mentioned 2+ times).
3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
(This process takes a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2022)

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  1. MOST RECOMMENDED!
    1

    The Road

    Cormac McCarthy

    Appears in 7 articles
  2. 2

    Swan Song

    Robert R. McCammon

    Appears in 7 articles
  3. 3

    The Stand

    Stephen King

    Appears in 6 articles
  4. 4

    Oryx and Crake

    A Novel

    Margaret Atwood

    Appears in 6 articles
  5. 5

    Earth Abides

    George R. Stewart

    Appears in 6 articles
  6. 6
    Appears in 6 articles
  7. 7

    One Second After

    William R. Forstchen

    Appears in 5 articles
  8. 8
    Appears in 5 articles
  9. 9

    A Canticle for Leibowitz

    Walter M. Miller Jr.

    Appears in 5 articles
  10. 10

    On the Beach

    Nevil Shute

    Appears in 5 articles
  11. 11

    Blindness

    Jose Saramago

    Appears in 5 articles
  12. 12

    Station Eleven

    A Novel

    Emily St. John Mandel

    Appears in 4 articles
  13. 13

    I Am Legend

    Richard Matheson

    Appears in 4 articles
  14. 14
    Appears in 4 articles
  15. 15

    The Dog Stars

    Peter Heller

    Appears in 4 articles
  16. 16
    Appears in 4 articles
  17. 17

    The Postman

    David Brin

    Appears in 4 articles
  18. 18
    Appears in 4 articles
  19. 19

    Eternity Road

    Jack McDevitt

    Appears in 4 articles
  20. 20

    The Slynx

    Tatyana Tolstaya

    Appears in 4 articles
  21. 21
    Appears in 3 articles
  22. 22
    Appears in 3 articles
  23. 23

    Metro 2033

    Dmitry Glukhovsky

    Appears in 3 articles
  24. 25
    Appears in 3 articles
  25. 26
    Appears in 3 articles
  26. 27

    Riddley Walker

    Russell Hoban

    Appears in 3 articles
  27. 28

    The Last Man

    Mary Shelley

    Appears in 3 articles
  28. 29

    Bird Box

    A Novel

    Josh Malerman

    Appears in 2 articles
  29. 30
    Appears in 2 articles
  30. 31

    Into the Forest

    Jean Hegland

    Appears in 2 articles
  31. 32
    Appears in 2 articles
  32. 33

    Afterland

    Lauren Beukes

    Appears in 2 articles

FAQ

  • How was this list created?

    We searched for "best Apocalyptic books", found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many books are in this list?

    There are 33 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of Apocalyptic books on the internet.

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