Title: The Age of Miracles
Author: Karen Thompson Walker
Year published: 2012
Genre: Apocalyptic, young adult/drama.
Threat: The Earth rotation slows.
Two words: Suburban .
A very different entry in our lists, this novel is devoid of much of the horror, or drama, that pervades most post-apocalyptic fiction, focused more on the development of childhood emotions and the family lives of ordinary people affected by a worldwide cataclysm. The Age of Miracles is a light read, with all the hallmarks of pulp book-club entertainment, though it sets its simple tale of an awkward girl’s advance into adolescence against a dramatically altering world, spiralling towards the apocalypse. Read more
Title: The Day of the Triffids
Year published: 1951
Genre: Post-apocalypse (immediate), sci-fi/drama.
Threat: Blindness and carnivorous plants.
Two words: Timeless classic.
The Day of the Triffids is not just an archetype post-apocalyptic story but also an all time great sci-fi books, and a classic work of literature. Many of the themes have been re-used since (28 Days Later, Danny Boyle says, was partly inspired by this novel), to the point of seeming cliché, but even if you’re familiar with the story the novel remains immediately gripping and unique. Coming fresh into the tale, you’re led to believe it’s a disaster story about giant plants. It’s not: it’s about Cold War paranoia, and the frailty of modern civilisation. The titular triffids, in fact, play only a small role in this story of survival. Read more
This is the first post on the post-apocalyptic book emporium blog. Expect many updates, covering everything you could hope for relating to the post-apocalypse. Our interests will include book reviews, film reviews, upcoming apocalyptic news and related fields like dystopian and steampunk genre fiction.
If you have any questions, please contact me. I’m interested in hearing other post-apocalyptic book suggestions, and am happy to review independent authors’ work, as an independent author myself.
You will also find original fiction on this site, including my own novels, serial fiction and short fiction. All within the genre you hope for. With all the bleakness and despair of the post-apocalypse – it’s time to revel in the end.