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It’s the End of the World As We Know It – Top 5 Saturday!

There’s something fun, but also a little scary about post apocalyptic books. I love seeing all the different ways authors interpret what the world could look like in the future, but some can hit a little close to home… especially in today’s political climate. The below books are a mix of read and TBR, but they all seem to bring a unique and intriguing look at a possible future, from worlds destroyed by climate change, to ones where Women have been supressed by men. Do you have any favourite post apocalyptic books? Let me know in the comments.

Top 5 Series was started by Amanda over at Devouring Reads and you can check her blog out here.

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  • Share your top 5 books of the current topic– these can be books that you want to read, have read and loved, have read and hated, you can do it any way you want.
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The Hunger Games

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weight survival against humanity and life against love.

The Handmaids Tale

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now . . .

The Trail of Lightning

While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.

Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last best hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much more terrifying than anything she could imagine.

Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel the rez, unravelling clues from ancient legends, trading favours with tricksters, and battling dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.

As Maggie discovers the truth behind the killings, she will have to confront her past if she wants to survive.
Welcome to the Sixth World.

The Fifth Season

This is the way the world ends. Again.

Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze — the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years — collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the world falls apart around her. She’ll break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.

Station Eleven

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time—from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theatre troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains—this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.

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  1. Station Eleven made it onto my list this week too! But how could I forget Trail of Lightning?! I really need to reread that and finish the series 😂 I was surprised by how much I loved Handmaid’s Tale! Great list, Becky 🙂 And I totally agree that there’s something so fun but also terrifying about apocalyptic reads lol

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    • Haha I’m the same with Trail of lightning & I have no excuse because I have the second book on my shelf 🙈. Station Eleven sounds really quirky but I’m looking forward to giving it a go!

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  2. I’m dying to read Trail of Lightning! (I had to check it was the same book because the copy on my TBR has a different cover.) I do love a good apocalyptic book, I like to see how different people depict the future. I do love reading apocalyptic books with feminist themes especially! I feel like when I pick up an apocalyptic book I want a fast pace and an interesting scenario for the end of the world.

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    • You should! It’s such a brilliant book and Roanhorse is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. I also love the kind of feminist themed ones, and completely agree that the faster and more ‘out there’ scenarios are definitely the more interesting.

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      • I’m cool with out there as long as it’s done well enough that its believable.

        Trail of Lightning is one of those books that is on my TBR just because people have recommended it so many times. I honestly dont know anything about it but people seemed to really love it

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