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Discussion in 'Non-WOT - Literature and Fiction' started by Cieon Maralyn, Dec 19, 2019.

  1. Cieon Maralyn

    Cieon Maralyn Gaidin

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    Hi all :).

    So, I like to read and genre is not fixed. These days though, I find myself looking for books about apocalyptic events. Such as zombies taking over, virus wiping out most of humanity, aliens taking over etc... Not my normal "cup of tea" so I need help. There are so many really bad books about such events. Do you have any good tips for me?
     
  2. Leira Galene

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    1. A Canticle for Leibowitz, three different stories set different generations after a nuclear holocaust
    2. Wool, about a silo trapped in a place where the air is so toxic you can't go outside. It's a trilogy.
    3. Station Eleven, about a group of actors who travels performing after a virus wipes out most of humanity
    4. Oryx and Crake, the start of a trilogy where most humans were again wiped out by a bioengineered virus, but some remain, as well as genetically engineered human-like beings.
    I think those would probably be my recommendations to start.
     
  3. Arella Mathara

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    Maddaddam trilogy as Leira Sedai mentioned above (Oryx and Crake) is one of my favorites, read it thrice. It's mostly about how the world ended in a distopian future and about how they try to survive after.

    I am legend is very different from the film starring Will Smith, I think. Hardly remember the movie, but the book is okay.

    The Climate Quartet (Klimakvartetten) by Maja Lunde is about climate change and how humanity tries to survive after the bees goes extinct and the world suffers drought. Each book focuses on one problem and features several characters set in different times.
     
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    Atarah al'Norahn Aes Sedai Director of Research and Records TVT Editor Historian

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    S.M. Stirling's Emberverse series, starting with Dies the Fire. All technology suddenly stops working, bringing about apocalyptic conditions.
     
  5. Almira ni'Caldazare

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    Try the Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton. It's a scifi classic for a reason!
     
  6. Cieon Maralyn

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    Thank you all for such amazing recommendations. I have tons to read in the next few weeks and months I think :).
     
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    I read The Andromeda Strain in high school and enjoyed it. I was on a big Michael Crichton kick around that time.
     
  8. Cernunnos

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    I have read I Am Legend. I really liked it.
     
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    If you haven't read Ready Player One that is a good one
     
  10. Cieon Maralyn

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    Thank you all for great suggestions. I have so much reading to get through now. That is awesome :)

    Oh, and keep them recommendations coming, not too late to join :)
     
  11. Zuri al'Tala

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    I just started listening to the Joe Ledger series by Jonathan Maberry. I picked them up after a friend kept recommending them, despite them not being my usual thing... I've finished the first three in just a couple weeks. They're really clever and incredibly interesting. I definitely recommend them!
     
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    Anthony Ryan, Draconis Memoria. It's a trilogy.
     
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    I loved Anthony Ryan's Ravens Shadow Series.
     
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    Yes, that series was really good, too.
     
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    I like Amanda Carlson's - Holly Danger series.
     
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    If you have time for a 1000+ page doorstopper, Stephen King’s The Stand is a classic in this area. There’s also of course Max Brooks’ brilliant World War Z (nothing in common with the mediocre movie save the name).
     
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    I love The Stand and World War Z. I was disappointed by the World War Z movie.
     
  19. Almira ni'Caldazare

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    The Fifth Wave is a YA book and it gets Angst-y at times but it is good if you can get through the dull parts.
     
  20. Morgana Arakos

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    If you want to read one that feels a little too close to home right now, Severance by Ling Ma is a good civilization-ending virus story D: