Were you aware that the world is supposed to end in December of this year? I won’t go into the details of why, I just thought you should know. In honor of this upcoming cataclysmic event, I’m featuring a couple post-apocalyptic books this month. This is a genre that has really become popular in the last few years or so. I’m pretty sure there aren’t a lot of people out there who look forward to living in a post-apocalyptic world, but there sure are lots who like reading about it. I decided to choose books with somewhat realistic premises (sorry, no zombies) in which the narrators have to learn to live in a world where society has almost completely crumbled.
Ashfall by Mike Mullin
Alex is excited to be left home alone for the weekend while his family visits relatives in another state. Unfortunately, his weekend is ruined when the supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park (this is a real thing) erupts, throwing a flaming chunk of rock through his roof, coating the ground with a thick layer of ash (hence the title) and blocking out the sun. After a horrific incident with looters, he decides to journey cross-country alone to find his family. Along the way he must contend with escaped prisoners, plummeting temperatures and snow and a prison-like refugee camp. Luckily, Alex knows taekwondo and meets up with Darla, a farm girl who possesses all kinds of survival skills. Recommended for readers who like wilderness survival stories.
The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch
Stephen was born shortly after a nuclear war and biological attack killed off two-thirds of the population of the United States. All he has known his whole life has been traveling from place to place with his family, scavenging for the resources necessary to survive. After a terrible fall leaves his father incapacitated, Stephen is taken in by a small community of survivors. Having never experienced a settled life, he has a hard time adjusting and befriends Jenny, another social outcast. As another community and then slavers threaten, he must make tough decisions about the kind of life he wants to lead.
That’s it for this month. I wanted to make sure I gave you plenty of time to read these books before December rolls around. Next month’s theme is SECRET POWERS. See you then.