Wednesday, February 15, 2023

by Emilyn Linden

I first encountered The Last of Us when my husband played the video game in 2013. He raved about it for weeks. I’m not much of a gamer myself, but I’m all about the dystopian and post-apocalyptic books and tv shows, so I’ve been watching the show with him. It manages to be variously depressing, uplifting, and terrifying.  If you don’t have access to HBO or you can’t get enough of shows and books like The Last of Us, we’ve got lots of choices for you!

  The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey      And the movie   

Melanie loves school. She doesn’t think the soldiers where she lives like her, though.

  The Passage by Justin Cronin 

This is the way the world ends. With a security breach at a secret military experimental facility.

  The Maze Runner by James Dashner   And the movie   

The only way out is through the maze. No one has ever made it through alive.

  Feed by Mira Grant   We cured cancer and the common cold. We got zombies out of the deal.

  The Fireman by Joe Hill 

“The fireman is coming. Stay cool.”

  The Stand by Stephen King    And the movie 

America has been destroyed by plague of weaponized influenza. Survivors gather into factions for a final stand.

  The Children of Men by P.D. James    And the movie 

Humanity is now infertile and the last generation are adults. 

  The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin 

A new rift is forming on a world where tectonic plate shifts can mean hundreds of years of darkness from ash spews. Essun doesn’t care, though. She cares only for finding and saving her daughter. 

  Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel   And the tv show 

The world has changed forever following a devastating pandemic. A group of traveling actors roam the Great Lakes region bringing art with them to the small communities that remain.

   The Leftovers (tv show) The people who are left are still struggling three years after 2% of the world population suddenly disappeared.

  The Deluge by Stephen Markley 

The world is falling apart as climate chaos accelerates and governments remain deadlocked. Fear and hope collide and individuals must decide what they’re willing to sacrifice to save the world.

   The Road by Cormac McCarthy  And the movie 

A father and son travel across a devastated landscape following an unspecified world-ending event.

  Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse 

Most of the world is submerged by water following a climate apocalypse. Dinétah (the former Navajo reservation) is now the home of gods and monsters who again walk the earth.

  Sweet Tooth (tv show)   

Ten years after “The Great Crumbling” people still aren’t sure if the human/animal hybrids who have appeared caused it or result from it.

  Wanderers by Chuck Wendig 

A disturbing phenomenon of people insensible to their surroundings walking toward an unknown destination terrifies the country as society seems to unravel at the seams.

Emilyn Linden is a librarian in the FDL Public Library Information and Outreach Services department.