Books and movies looking at the end of civilization as we know it. Some humorous, most not.
Colson Whitehead - Zone One. A pandemic has devastated the planet: sorting mankind into two types-the living and the living dead. The US is rebuilding under orders from a provisional government. The No. 1priority: reclaiming NYC. Armed forces secured the island south of Canal Street, but pockets of plague-ridden squatters remain. Teams of civilian volunteers are tasked with clearing out a more innocuous variety: the stragglers that exist in a catatonic state, transfixed by their former lives.
Cormac McCarthy - The Road. McCarthy’s The Road describes the journey of a father and son after some unknown disaster has destroyed the majority of life on this planet. Won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2007. Very dark.
The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta. What would happen if some Rapture-like event took place, causing a large portion of the world’s population to vanish into thin air. How would those left behind, the leftovers, cope and survive?
Stephen King - The Stand. A biological weapon inflicts a virus on the world, killing the vast majority of humans. The few remaining survivors journey cross-country, and camps of good and evil are established. The book is divided into three parts – the virus which is called Captain Trips, the journeys and the final confrontation of good and evil.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy- Douglas Adams. Don’t panic and always carry a towel!
The Last Survivors Series by Susan Beth Pfeffer. In one brief moment, life as we know it changes. An asteroid hits the moon, knocking it out of its orbit and closer to Earth. The gravitational effects on Earth are devestating: mass flooding, volcano eruptions, climate change and more. This trilogy looks at these events from the standpoints of two teens: Miranda in Pennsylvania and Alex in NYC.
City of Ember - Jeanne DuPrau. Many hundreds of years ago, the City of Ember was created by the Builders to contain everything needed for human survival. It worked – but now the storerooms are almost out of food, crops are blighted, corruption is spreading through the city and worst of all – the lights are failing.