Bad News Comes in Threes: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

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November 8, 2013 by carlywont

For my next Three Books in a Tub I’ve decided to dig into one of my favorite subjects: the death of all humankind as we know it. It’s the apocalypse, y’all!

Selecting only three books in the category of apocalyptic fiction was more difficult than I’d anticipated. Pretty much any book set mid- or post-apocalypse appeals to me. There’s just something about the end of the world that’s just so intriguing. Maybe I should join some kind of rapture cult?

Of course, owing myself the courtesy of sticking to my own blog rules, I did finally select three. Here they are:

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood


This one was a given for me because a) I’m an Atwood fangirl and b) I already own the book.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy


I’ve wanted to read a Cormac McCarthy book ever since I pooped out prematurely on Blood Meridian (I’ll finish it some day, I swear). The Road is also an obvious choice for its incredible critical acclaim and for the fact that Viggo Mortensen stars in the film adaptation…

World War Z by Max Brooks


I went back and forth on this one for a very, very long time. In fact, I’ve read three books between Krakauer and this trilogy all because I was stalling on selecting this final book. I came very close to reading A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. instead. Both books showed up in every “Top 10 Post-Apocalyptic Novels” list I read online.

In the end, I chose World War Z for a few reasons.

One: I’m not afraid of zombies at all but I kind of want to be so maybe this will help me relate to my husband’s interest in The Walking Dead.

Two: I am resistant to reading this because I always thought that it was shallow and farcical but according to most accounts from my friends and from people online it’s actually to be taken seriously. I’ll be the judge of that!

Three: It’s “on the shelves now” at my library.

Four: By reading this book, I will have read three books with three different reasons for the apocalypse, which greatly appeals to me from an analytical standpoint.

My main goal for this series is to keep the entries shorter. I’m prone to long windedness but I know that Internet people like short, pithy things. Right? And gifs? And numbered lists? I aim to please you Internet folk!

[This is an archival post. It originally appeared on before Three Books migrated here.]


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