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33 Best Apocalyptic Books of All Time


Our goal: Find what the internet ranks as the best Apocalyptic books (instead of one person's opinion).

    Our process:
  1. Search for "best apocalyptic books" and study the top 15 articles.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
    (This took 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

  2. 2

    The Stand

    Stephen King

  3. 3

    Swan Song

    Robert R. McCammon

  4. 4

    I Am Legend

    Richard Matheson

  5. 5

    Earth Abides

    George R. Stewart

  6. 6
  7. 7
  8. 8

    Oryx and Crake

    A Novel

    Margaret Atwood

  9. 10

    Station Eleven

    A Novel

    Emily St. John Mandel

  10. 11

    The Dog Stars

    Peter Heller

  11. 12

    On the Beach

    Nevil Shute

  12. 13

    One Second After

    William R. Forstchen

  13. 14
  14. 16

    Blindness

    Jose Saramago

  15. 17

    A Canticle for Leibowitz

    Walter M. Miller Jr.

  16. 18
  17. 19

    The Slynx

    Tatyana Tolstaya

  18. 20
  19. 21

    Bird Box

    A Novel

    Josh Malerman

  20. 22

    Metro 2033

    Dmitry Glukhovsky

  21. 25

    The Postman

    David Brin

  22. 26
  23. 27

    Into the Forest

    Jean Hegland

  24. 28
  25. 29

    The Last Man

    Mary Shelley

  26. 30

    Riddley Walker

    Russell Hoban

  27. 31

    Afterland

    Lauren Beukes

  28. 32

    Eternity Road

    Jack McDevitt

  29. 33

FAQ

  • How was this Apocalyptic books 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 Apocalyptic books are in this list?

    There are 33 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this Apocalyptic books list?

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

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