Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Hunger Games Read-Alikes and Other Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi

If you have already read the Hunger Games trilogy multiple times, eagerly watched the movie, and can't wait until November for Catching Fire to be in theaters then here are some good reads to tide you over:

The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
A religious leader has long predicted an Earth altering disaster.  Now it has occurred.

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
Bangkok is struggling for survival in an era of rising sea levels and mutations run amok.

Jennifer Government by Max Barry
In a future where people take the names of companies, Hack Nike tries to get out of a deadly contract.

Armageddon's Children by Terry Brooks
In a futuristic world, evil controls the ruins of the United States and one man must search for a child that could save the world. A trilogy.

Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
In 2025, after her neighborhood is destroyed, a young woman named Lauren begins a journey.  Sequel is Parable of the Talents.

Player One: What is to Become of Us by Douglas Coupland
During a global disaster, an airport cocktail lounge becomes a refuge for five total strangers.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
A hopeful science experiment exacts a terrible price in this moving story of love and friendship.

The Children of Men by P. D. James
In 2021 humans are infertile and a historian and an unlikely band of rebels may hold the key to survival.

When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
The story of a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of a not-too-distant future.

The Long Walk by Stephen King
In a futuristic America, 100 boys must endure a 500 mile, lethal race in order to win fame and fortune.

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, and a psychologically charged tale that draws on Orwellian themes.

Blindness by Jose Saramago
A city is hit by an epidemic of "white blindness" and the victims are confined to a vacant mental hospital.

Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
An engineer must find a way to live in a world dominated by a supercomputer and run completely by machines.

Some classic titles:

Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle
In 1963 this terrifying novel launched one of the greatest science-fiction franchises in history.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
A future in which books are illegal and firemen burn books.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
This novel about a futuristic utopia, explores themes that still remain relevant even 70 years after it was published.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Set in a futuristic world in which all wildlife is extinct and cannibals roam about, a man and his young son journey to the sea.

Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell
One man's journey through a world that controls not only information but all individual thoughts and memories.

Dies the Fire by S. M. Stirling
A tale of the aftermath of the failure of engines, electricity, and gunpowder.  What will humans do without their precious conveniences?

When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells
An 1890's printer falls asleep for 200 years.  He awakes and is master of the world and adored by all.  Or is he?

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