It’s the End of the World As We Know It

Rave reviews for The Dog Stars by Peter Heller may generate interest in other  postapocalyptic literary fiction at your library. Fortunately, there are some mighty fine examples.  (And a surprising number of one-word titles–The Passage, The Pesthouse, The Road, The Stand… The Bible.) Check out Keir Graff’s 2008 Booklist article Core Collection: Before and After the Road for more. (And for a lighter look at the apocalypse, you might enjoy Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.)



About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

3 Comments on "It’s the End of the World As We Know It"

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  1.' Shelley says:

    Increasingly I feel that the rage for dystopian literature stems from the fact that we’re living in a corporate-controlled dystopia….

  2.' Linett says:

    One from Kier Graf’s List is missing, which I re-read yearly, is SWAN SONG by Robert McCammon. I have hooked more people on that book than any other.

  3. Rebecca Vnuk says:

    I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: I’m pretty sure the world’s gonna end soon, and it’s not gonna end pretty – which is why I love post-apocalyptic novels. I look at them as guidebooks. LOL

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