Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is: Genre Freebie (pick a genre and build a list around it! i.e., best/worst romances, non-fiction for travelers, memoirs for foodies, classics that feel timeless, romance novel kisses, science fiction that feels too real for comfort, women’s fiction for newbies, etc.)
And today, I have a list! I was considering books I wanted to get to while we’re all shut-ins, but then I realized I’d never actually get to them, considering I have more review books than brains (like, tons more). So I bring you… books I have read that hit way too close to this actual apocalypse!
I have always loved an End of Days sort of book, that’s no secret. And a plague one is always extra terrifying, since it’s so plausible. Well, now it’s not only plausible, but literal! So if you’re a glutton for punishment like me, you may want to get to these books ASAP, and if you want your fiction a little less realistic, you may want to avoid for a hot second.
This is the quintessential pandemic apocalypse book, in my opinion. It is undoubtedly an all-time favorite, and portrays these crappy situation very realistically (so much so that the author had someone yell at him for using this particular pandemic as his book plot- which he clearly did not, as this was published before this stuff started hahah). But the best part is that in the midst of the hellscape is…. actual hope. And I feel like we need that more than ever.
This is a wee bit after the world-ending virus has rendered all people infertile. Whoopsie? (Or rather, no whoopsies, I suppose.) Regardless, it is awesome and twisty and everything I love about a Lauren James book!
This was such an awesome book that I almost didn’t take a chance on! Red is navigating a world where not only is there a really shitty plague, but mankind is showing its true colors, and they’re not great. It feels so horribly accurate and plausible, especially now.
This book is 800 pages, which you may only have time for in a quarantine, but also, it’s so freaking good. You guys know that I am afraid of big books, but this one took me no time, because I couldn’t put it down. The author explores this plague over a pretty long timespan, and through different characters’ viewpoints, and it’s, once again, eerily plausible.
Another 2020 book that hits it out of the park! This one is actually about preventing the apocalypse plague, which would have been nice. I want to yell now about how our country had all the warning and took zero action, but instead let’s just read this phenomenal book about Alice and her quest to save the world, yeah?
It’s a plague that doesn’t just permeate the world… but the damn universe. Talk about next level crappy, yeah? Jaime has been off-world for quite some time, living in a fairly isolated part of a planet, when the few people around her die. And she finds herself among the only people left period, and she must venture to find survivors. It’s incredibly eerie, and very character driven. I loved it.
Oh, it’s an OG virus, y’all! Set in Illinois during both WWI and the 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic, we follow Ivy who has a gift/curse for seeing the dead. And as you can imagine, between war and pestilence, she’s seeing quite a few folks. There’s mystery, adventure, romance, friendship, and family abound, and I highly recommend! I also hope to get to In the Shadow of Blackbirds, which I hear is also flu-y.
I mean, it is called Contagion for goodness sake, you know it’s going to be a mess. Very, very few people survive the new pandemic facing Scotland and the UK. You’ll get hints of the origins early on, but as far as Shay knows, it’s just the crappy virus killing massive amounts of people. And if you happen to be one of the few who survive? Good luck with your new… shall we say, side effects?
This was one of the first actual plague apocalypse books I ever read, and it remains among my favorite. It starts off with all the stuff we’re dealing with- travelers stranded, being ordered to stay inside, etc. And frankly, the series only gets better as it goes on, IMO.
It’s the pandemic, but in cold, desolate isolation of Northern Canada! Think you can outrun the apocalypse? Think again.