Depressing Books: It’s a Cruel, Cruel Summer

The Passage by Justin Cronin and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Emily St. John Mandel over at The Millions observes that post-apocalyptic fiction seems to be everywhere this summer, and I couldn’t agree more.

The two books I was looking forward to reading the most this summer—The Passage by Justin Cronin and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins—both fall into the dystopian/post-apocalyptic genre. This is actually something new for me because I didn’t always like these types of books. In fact, after reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy, which I found utterly heartbreaking and depressing, I avoided any book that sounded too miserable or upsetting. But then I read The Hunger Games and I was hooked once again. Like Mandel says in her piece, there’s just something about these “bleak and ruined worlds with their own sets of rules, their own catastrophes and their own unique monsters.” Here are her picks for her five favorite fictional apocalypses:

The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway
Things We Didn’t See Coming by Steve Amsterdam
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
World War Z by Max Brooks

What do you think of her picks? Are there any books you would like to add?

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  • Natasha

    Although I was a little put off by the weight and pages of ‘The Passage’ once I started, I could not put it down. Definitely excited for the second and third novels.