Best of
Post-Apocalyptic

2011

The Unraveling


Hugh Howey - 2011
    Nobody talks about what happened. Such are the silo taboos.Now, nearly two hundred years later, the people of the Silo will get a chance to learn more about that distant uprising.They'll get to start one of their own...

Fallout: Equestria


kkat - 2011
    With ponies! Set in an alternate future, one pony must learn to survive in a blasted, poisoned land... and possibly, with the aid of friends made along the way, bring new light into the darkness of post-apocalyptic Equestria.

Origin to Exile


J.L. Bourne - 2011
    BOURNETwo shattering accounts of human survival on the jagged edges of global disaster -- handwritten journal entries from the front lines in the war between scattered bands of mortal refugees and their soulless, undead enemies, armies of diseased corpses hungering for human flesh.DAY BY DAY ARMAGEDDONThe novel that started it all!DAY BY DAY ARMAGEDDON: BEYOND EXILEThe chilling sequel -- chaos and violence across a Texas wasteland.ALSO INCLUDES THE ALL-NEW SHORT STORY "IF YOU CAN READ THIS"

Proper Gauge


Hugh Howey - 2011
    With only one good candidate available, Mayor Jahns and Deputy Mames set off for the Down Deep to recruit her in person. Along the way, they discover much about each other, troubling news about this candidate, and stumble upon fractured alliances that could spell the doom of a silo they've worked long years to protect.

Wool


Hugh Howey - 2011
    They've lived there so long, there are only legends about people living anywhere else. Such a life requires rules. Strict rules. There are things that must not be discussed. Like going outside. Never mention you might like going outside.Or you'll get what you wish for.

As the World Dies: Untold Tales Volume 1


Rhiannon Frater - 2011
    But theirs is not the only tale to be told. In the first volume of the AS THE WORLD DIES UNTOLD TALES experience three terrifying tales of those who are forced to face the unrelenting and hungry walking dead.Deep in the Texas Hill Country, a man and his little dog takes refuge in a bed and breakfast located in the hills above a doomed town where an infested rescue center might unleash the hungry undead…On a deserted highway slicing through the desolation of West Texas, a woman struggles to survive as she faces the horrifying aftermath of the rise of the zombies…And finally, discover what happens on the first day to Katie’s beloved wife, Lydia, as the world dies…

The Seeker


Isobelle Carmody - 2011
    But she's not alone, and her exile to the mysterious compound known as Obernewtyn is just the beginning....From the Trade Paperback edition.

No Easy Hope


James N. Cook - 2011
    Once, I was a wealthy man leading a comfortable, easy life. Then my old friend Gabriel told me how the world would end. Gabriel tried to help me. He taught me everything he learned as a Scout Sniper in the Marine Corps. All the hard lessons from years spent in the sand choked battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. I did everything I could to prepare. I thought I was ready.I was wrong.When the Outbreak came, it destroyed everything. The dead rose to consume the living, and all that mankind spent so many millennia working to build was laid to waste in a matter of months. The undead spared no one, leaving only ashes and death in their wake.For those of us still alive, every single day is a struggle. In spite of the danger, and the darkness, I still believe there is a chance that the human race can rebuild. If I can make my way North and enlist Gabriel's help, maybe we can find enough people to start over again. It won't be easy, though. I have to make my way across the ruins of the old world, and along the way my will to live, my humanity, and my very soul will be tested.I have food, I have a pickup truck, and I have my trusty rifle. Most importantly, I have hope. Hope is a powerful thing, but I will need much more than that if I am to survive the dead.This is the beginning. This is my story.

Mountain Man


Keith C. Blackmore - 2011
    Living on the outskirts of a city and scavenging for whatever supplies remain after civilization died two years ago, Gus knows that every time he goes down into undead suburbia could be his last.A novel of the zombie apocalypse. *First book of a completed 4-book series.* Contains graphic language and scenes of violence. Complete series order:Book 1: Mountain ManBook 2: SafariBook 3: HellifaxBook 4: Well FedAlso :The Hospital (a single short story, also part of the collection "CauldronGristle." This story happens six months before the events of "MountainMan." )

Kamandi, the Last Boy on Earth Omnibus, Vol. 1


Jack Kirby - 2011
    At long last, DC presents the adventures of Kamandi, the last boy on Earth, in the popular Jack Kirby Omnibus format! In these tales from KAMANDI #1-20, Kamandi - one of the few survivors of a Great Disaster that has destroyed civilization -- must make his way in a world populated by bizarre mutated animals and other strange wonders! Considered one of Jack Kirby's most creative works, KAMANDI features a band of anthropomorphic supporting characters who accompany Kamandi as he searches for answers and adventure across the wastelands of Earth.

Dead Living


Glenn Bullion - 2011
    The dead rose with no explanation and only one purpose . . . to eat living flesh.Born on the day everything died, the world of the living dead is the only world that Aaron knows. Kept in relative isolation from the walking corpses, his family teaches him how to read and write, how to survive on his own. After a tragedy hits close to home, he discovers he is different than any human left alive.The undead want nothing to do with him.The survivors of the old suburb of Lexington call a high school their home. They survive day to day, without any of the luxuries mankind used to enjoy, and surrounded by the living dead. Samantha is a product of the new world. Alone, cold, looking out only for herself. She and the other residents of Lexington feel their hope dwindling. They need change. They need someone who isn't afraid of the walking corpses. They need someone who would rather live in a city of the dead.They need Aaron.

Timothy


Mark Tufo - 2011
    Find out what a man trapped in his own mind will do to survive when he wakes up to find himself a zombie controlled by a self-aware virus.

The Rebellion


Isobelle Carmody - 2011
    When Rushton, the Master of Obernewtyn and Elspeth's love, is kidnapped, will she be willing to pay the price for his life?

Flawless Ruins


Kieryn Nicolas - 2011
    The Wars are over and the CommWall is in place, blocking communication with what remains of other continents. The women are content to have great education, choice careers, and glamorous hair. Best of all, when every girl turns seventeen she’s given her Like; an adorable, perfect spouse tailor-made just for her.Everyone looks forward to the day she gets her Like, and Morgan Waters is no exception—until she accidentally stays out past curfew and stumbles across someone who appears to be a Like but claims to be a man. Morgan’s perfect world crumbles down around her in the midst of a forbidden romance, forcing her to deal with the realization that her life may not be so flawless after all.

The Changeling


Angela White - 2011
    Men have been enslaved for their own protection and only way to get a mate is to enter the Network Games and fight for one. The Catch?It's a live battle To The Death and the competition is fierce.

Empty Cradle: The Untimely Death of Corey Sanderson


Emmy Jackson - 2011
    A scavenger in a post-apocalyptic America where long-distance travel can be deadly to the few who attempt it, Ivy is a rare commodity--fertile woman untouched by the epidemic "Empty Cradle." When she's ambushed and nearly killed thanks to an offer of trust she shouldn't have extended, the villagers who save her demand a hefty price in return-a baby born of her womb. She may have tumbled out of the frying pan and into the fire. Corey Sanderson, a farmboy who's eager to escape his bleak rural existence at all costs, proves to be Ivy's salvation. She agrees to take him on a treacherous 2,300-mile trek through hostile terrain to deliver a mysterious piece of cargo. For the injured Ivy to complete this nearly impossible task, she's got to trust Corey, but his youthful enthusiasm makes him both an asset and a liability in a world of scarce supplies, determined bandits, equipment-stealing gleaners, and mutated, half-human "biters." The other passengers Ivy takes on-a traveling historian with a mysterious past, a cheerfully abrasive mercenary and her deer-shapeshifter companion-add their own unique complications. Though she's the driver and travel-master, Ivy quickly learns that getting her cargo to its destination isn't going to happen without their help.

A Path to Utopia


Jacqueline Druga - 2011
    Within hours, another 20 percent succumb leaving only a speck of human life remaining. Believing they are victims of a preliminary act of war and eventual invasion, a group of survivors trek across a barren United States following a radio signal. The simple plan was to band with others to fight and defend their homeland. However, their journey not only brings them together with other survivors but also brings them a chilling truth. What had happened to their country was not a prelude to invasion, but rather the groundwork of global extermination. The enemy is not what they expect.

Rise of the Demons


Willow Cross - 2011
    Standing between this total apocalypse of humanity and their chance for survival is 19 year old Remy Martin.A warrior in her own right, trained to think on her feet and kill if the situation requires, she is flanked by her older brother and younger sister. Together, they devise a plan to take back the streets. Against the wishes of their father, who commands the resistance forces, they venture into unknown realms of the supernatural in a race against time with the fate of the entire world in their young hands.Join them on their mission into darkness where death lies around every corner, it is virtually impossible to distinguish your enemies from your allies, and a single mistake could result in the annihilation of everyone you’ve ever known and loved.

Survival of the Fittest: The Last Hope for the Human Race


Michael Taylor - 2011
    Their parents are gone, and it seems everyone on earth has disappeared as well. Worse, the electricity is off. Surrounded by darkness, their differences no longer matter; they are the sole survivors of an alien attack and the last hope for humanity. But in the black of night, can they outrun the hulking creatures with the glowing red eyes?Priya is the exotic girl who says what she thinks. Will was a star athlete before the attack. They find Trevor and Aiyana, the twins; Alex and Ricardo, the tough guys; and finally, Lindsey, the innocent. Together, the seven of them are the last humans on earth-but are they really humans at all? They have no idea that the government has known of the incoming alien attack for decades; to prepare they created special children with very special abilities.The chosen seven are part alien and part human, and they exist to fight off the otherworldly forces, threatening to conquer the planet. But with such differing personalities, will the seven be able to put their pride be-hind and work together? They must move beyond the grief of lost friends and family and find the strength to go on; if they don't, the world will die, taken over by monstrous creatures that can smell your fear.

Z-Boat


Suzanne Robb - 2011
    The oceans and rivers have all turned toxic.Man's last hope for survival is to search the ocean depths for alternative fuel, food, and clean water sources. If they fail, mankind will die.The Betty Loo, a search and rescue submarine, captained by Iain Kingston, is hired for a price no one could refuse. The crew must deal with distrust, sabotage, and spies willing to do whatever it takes to get what they want.What they find on board The Widowmaker, the submarine they have been dispatched to help will test each person's will to survive and force enemies to work together.If they don't they will all die, and what rises to the surface will bring hell to Earth.

The Gathering Dead


Stephen Knight - 2011
    The zombie apocalypse has begun, and Major Cordell McDaniels is given the most important mission of his career: lead a Special Forces team into New York City to rescue the one man who can stop the ghastly virus that reanimates the dead. But as a growing army of flesh-eating corpses takes over the streets and a violent storm renders airborne extraction impossible, McDaniels struggles to find a way out of the Big Apple. The odds of anyone getting out alive plummet further when slaughtered members of his own Special Forces team join the ranks of the gathering dead... with their military skills intact!

Phoenix Rising


William W. Johnstone - 2011
    America's liberals are thrilled with the election of the first foreign-born candidate. But when President Ohmshidi begins to implement his radical agenda-banning oil production, slashing military budgets, and establishing a "New World Order"-our once-great nation becomes easy pickings for a deadly new wave of Muslim extremists, who rename America. . .the Islamic Republic of Enlightenment. It's Time To Take Back AmericaEnter Jake Lantz, a battle-seasoned army major and ace helicopter pilot who refuses to stand by and watch his country go down in flames. Assembling a ragtag team of action-ready soldiers and patriots, Jake establishes Firebase Freedom-America's last defense against the violent, lawless thugs and "Army of Allah" that has taken over. Jake's mission: Take back America. Give the people liberty-and give the enemy death. . .First Time In Print!

Blackthorn: Thunder on Mars


Van Allen Plexico - 2011
    Their war to free this strange new world from oppression won't be easy: Arrayed against them are the four tyrannical First Men--masters of magic and technology alike--the dreaded Sorcerers of Mars! BLACKTHORN: THUNDER ON MARS is a post-apocalyptic adventure saga in the spirit of "Thundarr the Barbarian" and "John Carter of Mars," featuring original stories by New Pulp luminaries Mark Bousquet, Joe Crowe, Bobby Nash, James Palmer, Van Allen Plexico, Sean Taylor, and I. A. Watson, and illustrated by Chris Kohler. "Original, entertaining, action-packed!" --Wayne Reinagel, author of the Pulp Heroes and Modern Marvels novels.

Interception / The New Space Race


Kevin George - 2011
    has learned of the secret and begins to make plans for his own massive shelter, this one to be in the ocean depths instead of the heavens...The president exchanges information about the comet with Russia for help on the station and Russia plans for their own safe haven deep in the mountains...A new American leader emerges who does not seem to share the Inner Circle's passion for constructing the space station...Another country enters the race to build a space station unlike anything humankind has ever seen...

How I Spent the Apocalypse


Selina Rosen - 2011
    I told you so!These are the words that Katy longs to scream over and over at what's left of the population after the apocalypse (which she's been telling anyone who would listen was coming) finally arrived.Now that it’s here, she’s set up to become the new king of the world, and everything would be perfect......if her stupid sons hadn't decided she was as crazy as everyone else thought she was and moved away from the safety of their mother's bunker into the city, and if the very reporter who had made her name synonymous with "crackpot" hadn't wound up pounding on her door as the world around them blew away.YES, THE END OF THE WORLD CAN BE FUNNY (if you’re ten feet underground with 50 years of supplies)!

Pandemonium: Stories of the Apocalypse


Anne C. Perry - 2011
    The tales are inspired by the art of John Martin, and the book was released to coincide with a special exhibition of his work at Tate Britain.

Soul Survivors Hometown Tales Vol. 1


Shawn M. Riddle - 2011
    Your world is coming to an end. Could you do what's necessary to survive? Would you even want to survive? Would you be able to face horrors like the undead relentlessly pounding at your door, and murderous extra-terrestrials with the extinction of the human race as their one and only goal? How about deadly plagues that ravage entire populations or even your own human brethren turning to your flesh as a last ditch source of food? These are only a few of the many horrors that await you inside these pages. Inspired by the works of David Moody, UK Author of "Hater" and "Autumn," you will now face the terrors of a dystopian world through the eyes of those who witnessed the end. These tales will leave you as alone and terrified as those who told them. You have been warned.

The World of Divergent: The Path to Allegiant


Veronica Roth - 2011
    Don't miss Divergent, soon to be a major motion picture in theaters March 2014!Fascinated by the world of the Divergent series? This fifty-page bonus, previously only available in the Divergent Series Box Set, includes faction manifestos, a faction quiz, Q&A with #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth, book playlists, discussion questions, series inspirations, and much more! It also contains ten enticing teasers from Allegiant, the final book in the Divergent series.

Orpheus


Dan DeWitt - 2011
    So is his son, Ethan. Now, the only thing keeping Holt going is the desire to either rescue his missing son from the zombies or, more likely, remove him permanently from their ranks.A phone call is cut short just as Ethan defies his father and goes looking for his mother. Holt fights his way to the hospital and finds it under siege. He and other survivors eventually form two teams, each with a drastically different purpose. One saves people, the other eliminates everything in their way. The teams are constantly at odds, as are Holt and the arrogant head of the hospital, his ghoulish lead researcher in tow. Holt is understandably obsessed with finding his son, but can't ignore the simple fact that people are looking to him for leadership. If he's not perfect, people will die. During his search, he discovers a new breed of zombie and a frightening hidden agenda, but he doesn't do it alone. His team is with him every step of the way.The skills he learned in the military help keep him and others alive, but he's no superhero. Holt is only a man, physically and mentally exhausted, who lives at his limits simply because that's what a father does. Ethan, unmistakably his father's son, has his own story to tell, as well. It begins with a movie date a few feet from Patient Zero.Includes a preview of Dan DeWitt's next novel, "Ragnarok."

Ashfall


Mike Mullin - 2011
    Most people don't know it's there. The caldera is so large that it can only be seen from a plane or satellite. It just could be overdue for an eruption, which would change the landscape and climate of our planet.For Alex, being left alone for the weekend means having the freedom to play computer games and hang out with his friends without hassle from his mother. Then the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plunging his hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence. Alex begins a harrowing trek to search for his family and finds help in Darla, a travel partner he meets along the way. Together they must find the strength and skills to survive and outlast an epic disaster.

The ePocalypse: Emails at the End


Jessy Marie Roberts - 2011
    but there's still time to send out a quick email. This collection features 33 apocalyptic collaborative short stories, written entirely in email format. The end is near, so you better read while you can!

Dark Crossings Volume 1


Sean Platt - 2011
    The only way she can save his life is to do one "simple" job -- retrieve a mysterious box and kill the courier. But can Ellie pull the trigger? Nothing is at it seems in this pulse-pounding mysterious thriller.CHRIS WAKES UP -- You know those zombie stories where survivors must make their way through a world plagued by walking dead? This is a tale from a zombie's perspective, as Chris wakes up infected, alone, and hungry. As he struggles to hold onto his humanity, he finds himself the unlikely protector of a young girl seeking safety. Can he protect her from others? Can he protect her from himself?RESPERO DINNER -- In the not-too-distant future, Xavier is the guest of honor at an exclusive dinner. It's a night filled with friends, family, and regrets. Respero Dinner is a thought provoking tale of love, loss, and the choices we make in life.THE VISITOR -- Blind and dying, writer Mary Fletcher is waiting out her final days in a nursing home. Unlike most of the other residents, Mary refuses to dwell on the past --until a mysterious visitor shows up. A visitor who sounds exactly like the love of her life who she believed to be dead. Who is he? What does he want? DINER FADED -- Zach hops into his car and hits the open road, angry and eager to put a couple of states between he and his girlfriend. Zach pulls into a diner, hungry and with a gas tank on fumes. He gets more than he ordered and something he may never escape. THE WATCHER -- Since the death of his young daughter, Frank Grimm's life has completely unravelled. Barely connected with his wife, he now sits in his home office, watching his neighbors live their lives. And when nobody's looking, he sometimes breaks into their homes. There's only one house on his street he hasn't broken into. And then one day he sees someone in the window of that house . . . watching him.

The Iso-Stasis Experiment


Jacqueline Druga - 2011
    They thought wrong.In a remote complex far from civilization, eight people joined what they thought to be a mental endurance project. Unknowingly, these eight people become mere pawns in a millionaire’s game of chance.Locked away for seven months, they will have no contact with the outside world. They must rely on the resources left with them. They must rely on their will and strength if they are to survive the experiment and the elements thrown their way. Some of the elements are far from natural.Pushed to the extreme limits, the eight participant are no longer as humans but rather objects observed through a camera’s eye. Broken physically and mentally, they face odds unparallel to any nightmare.And it isn’t what they are told when they joined the experiment, it is what they learn once there . . . eight people walk in, only one will emerge.Welcome to the Iso-Stasis Experiment. The rules are simple . . . there are none.

Writers on the Wrong Side of the Road


Sassy Brit - 2011
    First, we gathered up our boldest authors and told them to write whatever the hell they liked. Their only restrictions were common sense, as defined by the following passage: any subject matter is acceptable except pornography and/or stories promoting cruelty, hate, bigotry, pedophilia, government overthrow, and similar illegal and illicit activities.What did we come up with? A bunch of happy authors, some realtreats for our readers and a name you won’t soon forget. These are... Writers on the Wrong Side of the Road, and we’re proud they went there. Adults Only, Please.

This Is The Way The World Ends


Catherine Leary - 2011
    You shiver. Will you fuck for it?Transcendence or death? Angel or demon?Will you flee the immolation or will you embrace it?Here, in the ruins, it’s all the same.These are the last days.Come with us.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy | Summary & Study Guide


BookRags - 2011
    36 pages of summaries and analysis on The Road by Cormac McCarthy.This comprehensive study guide includes the following sections written by BookRags.com: Plot Summary, Chapter Summaries & Analysis, Characters, Objects/Places, Themes, Style, and Topics for Discussion.