Taronga, Z for Zachariah and the Tomorrow series from my young adult years and being absolutely glued to the page. Why? I think I enjoy putting myself in their place and and some kind of survival instinct is stirred within me. I secretly like to think I would be one of the survivors of whatever the apocalypse turns out to be. By reading these books I can get tips for when it comes! Although I've in no way read all books in the genre I thought I'd share with you a bit about the genre, the ones I've read and some I might read before the apocalypse comes.
A brief history... Noah's ark is often mentioned as the first apocalyptic fiction however, I'm sure it the genre dates back before that (anyone know?). But as far as the first in modern times, Mary Shelley’s The Last Man published 1826 apparently takes the prize. I've been more interested in recent offerings such as Cat's Cradle, The Stand, Blindness, The Road, The Stone Gods, How I Live Now and I also loved Watership Down which crosses over into another favourite genre - allegory/animal fiction.
I'm currently reading Handling the Undead by Swedish author Lindqvist in which a few thousand recently deceased are no longer dead. They are also not alive. It's currently at a critical point where I'm not sure if it is indeed the apocalypse as foretold in the Bible or some kind of pharmaceutical company experiment gone wrong. Though not strictly apocalyptic, I'm really enjoying it at the moment - will let you know how it goes.
What I'm reading next in this genre:
White Earth - McGahan
Hunger Games - Collins
City of Ember series
What I might read one day in this genre:
Brave New World - Huxley
I am Legend - Matheson
In the Country of Last Things - Auster
On the Beach - Shute
Chrysalids - Wyndham
Some other books I've enjoyed, depicting dystopias that I somehow associate with this genre:
Animal farm - Orwell
1984 - Orwell
Slaughterhouse 5 - Vonnegut
Lord of the Flies - Golding
Heart of Darkness- Conrad
Midnights Children - Rushdie
From the lone survivor to the battle of good and evil. I just can't get enough! I think the reason I like this kind of end of the world, survival fiction is also why I'm drawn to vampire and zombie fiction. But that my friends, is another post.