For Fans of The Last of Us

In these somber post-apocalyptic stories, survivors journey to understand the new world and, perhaps, to reclaim it.

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All That’s Left in the World by Erik J. Brown

Putting their trust in one another, two boys, Andrew and Jamie, search for civilization in a world ravaged by a deadly pathogen, but their secrets could cost them everything as they try to find the courage to fight for the future, together.

The Limitless Sky by Christina Kilbourne

Rook lives in the structured community of ArHK, where she struggles to find meaning in her appointed role as the Apprentice Keeper. Gage is part of a nomadic society and has just joined the Scouts on the frontier line, a life of constant danger. Can Gage and Rook find a way to save themselves, as well as each others’ very different worlds?

The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He

Awakening on an abandoned island with no memory of how she was marooned, Cee embarks on a desperate search for her sister, while STEM prodigy Kasey begins to question her life in Earth’s last unpolluted city.

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Friends Hetty, Byatt, and Reece go to extremes trying to uncover the dark truth about the mysterious disease that has had them quarantined at their boarding school on a Maine island.

How We Became Wicked by Alex Yates

As a viral disease called wickedness, which turns people into homicidal maniacs, ravages their world, teenagers Astrid, Hank, and Natalie learn unsettling secrets about its true nature and its effect on humanity.

Any Sign of Life by Rae Carson

Waking up from a deadly illness to a world that has perished, Paige Miller struggles to endure her new reality and learns that there are worse things than being alone.

At the End of Everything by Marieke Nijkamp

Trapped in the Hope Juvenile Treatment Center with a plague raging outside that passes through their ranks while supplies quickly dwindle, a group of incarcerated teens must figure out how to survive in a world that has never seemed to want them.

Gabe in the After by Shannon Doleski

Two years after a global pandemic, Gabe, one in a group of 20 survivors, brings back a strange new girl who changes the island with her hopeful attitude until tragedy strikes as the end of the world approaches.

Trinity Sight by Jennifer Givhan

Anthropologist Calliope Santiago awakens to find herself in a strange and sinister wasteland, a shadow of the New Mexico she knew. Empty vehicles litter the road. Everyone has disappeared—or almost everyone. Calliope, heavy-bellied with the twins she carries inside her, must make her way across this dangerous landscape with a group of fellow survivors.

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

A little girl who is detained by the military, restrained in a wheelchair, and goes to school while heavily guarded doesn’t truly understand why she is special until it is up to her to save the world.

These Silent Woods by Kimi Cunningham Grant

Living in isolation in the northern Appalachian woods, Cooper’s safe haven is breached when his daughter Finch becomes obsessed with a newly arrived stranger, forcing him to decide whether to keep hiding or finally face the sins of his past.

Lark Ascending by Silas House

Fleeing a United States overrun with extremists, Lark travels to Ireland as a refugee and is joined on his quest for protection and freedom by an abandoned dog and a woman searching for her lost son.

The Unfamiliar Garden by Benjamin Percy

Five years after a passing comet caused irreversible change to the environment—and his daughter’s disappearance, Jack, a botanist, uncovers a new form of deadly parasitic fungus, which reunites him with his ex-wife as they risk everything to go up against something defying all logic.

Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-Goff

Secluded on an island off the west coast of Ireland, Orpen begins training to fight the skrake–powerful, flesh-eating zombies that have been devouring the country–and must head to the dangerous mainland after her mother is bitten.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

The sudden death of a Hollywood actor during a production of “King Lear” marks the beginning of the world’s dissolution in a story told at various past and future times from the perspectives of the actor and four of his associates.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

In a novel set in an indefinite, futuristic, post-apocalyptic world, a father and his young son make their way through the ruins of a devastated American landscape, struggling to survive and preserve the last remnants of their own humanity.

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