‘Soft Apocalypse’ Novels | Six Picks


The apocalypse. All right. The world is ending. [MUSIC PLAYING] Hi readers. I’m Emma. And I’m Abbe. And this week on
six picks, we’re bringing you our six
favorite reads for what we’re calling Soft Apocalypse. What is Soft Apocalypse,
you might ask? It’s a good question. We made it up. We probably made it up. For us, these are all
books that take place at the end of the world. But it’s not that bad. It’s not like Cormac
McCarthy’s The Road bad. My first pick is
California by Edan Lepucki. It’s about a couple,
Frida and Cal, who are living in the
wilderness after fleeing a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles. They discover that
Frida is pregnant, and they don’t think they can
eke out their existence anymore on their own. So they set out to join a
nearby settlement that’s one of the only bastions of
civilization that’s left. Unfortunately that settlement
is very insular very paranoid and very difficult to navigate
I chose this book because as you know I love
everything that Edan. Has ever written Super fan. Super fan, major fan,
and I think everyone should read all of her books. I also love that this combines
those apocalyptic elements that we love with a very
literary fiction spin, and a couple of good
thriller elements thrown in. My first pick is The Age of
Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. And at the start of this novel,
we meet Julia and her family. And it seems like
everything’s ordinary, until one Saturday morning
when Julia wakes up to find that the Earth’s
rotation has slowed down. And so everything that we take
for granted, sunrise, sunset, seasons, birds,
gravity, everything is affected by the Earth’s slowing My second book is Station
Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. This book is about a worldwide
flu epidemic that devastates the world’s population. It takes place right at
the point of the outbreak, and also about 15
years into the future as civilization
starts to rebuild. I chose this book
because it takes a lot of things that are
very familiar in this genre, alternating points of view,
moving forward and backward in time to see the ripple
effect of the inciting incident, and it puts a more
positive spin on it. My second pick is The Regional
Office is Under Attack by Manuel Gonzales. And this book centers
on the regional office, which is comprised of super
bad-ass female assassins who are protecting the
world from annihilation. And they catch wind that someone
is trying to bring them down. I picked this book because it’s
fast-paced, it’s hilarious, and it totally reminds me of a
comic book, which I absolutely love. Plus, bad ass female assassins. I mean, what’s not to love? My last book this week is The
Dog Stars by Peter Heller. This book is set in another
post-flu pandemic world. Yipes. Everyone should use
Purell, by the way. Just saying. Get a flu shot. Get one today. It’s about Hig and
his trusty dog Jasper, and his less trusty neighbor. And Hig takes a leap
of faith one day when he hears a random signal
come in over his plane’s radio. He decides to take his plane
further out than he ever has before, further
out than he can even return from in the
hopes that he’ll be able to find some
semblance of civilization out there in the wider world. Peter Heller is– in his day
job, he is a nature writer. And his descriptions of
the landscape in this book are so lush, so
incredible, and they really make you feel like
maybe you are living in a post-apocalyptic world. My final pick is All Our
Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai. Remember in the
1950s when people thought that in 2016 there
would be things like moving sidewalks and flying cars? Well, in this book,
our protagonist, Tom, he actually lives
in that 2016 utopia. But unfortunately, he gets
his heart broken by a girl, and the guy’s got access
to a time machine, and he does something stupid. Never a good combination. No, heartbreak and time
travel does not work. And so what he does is actually
go to a different 2016. This one is a dystopia. And the reason I picked this is
because in a lot of ways, 2016 felt a little
dystopian in real life. And I’m still waiting
for my hoverboard. So there you have it. Those are our six picks
for Soft Apocalypse. We want to know what you’ve
read that falls into this drama. Write a comment in
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5 Replies to “‘Soft Apocalypse’ Novels | Six Picks

  1. I already have Station Eleven on my to-read list, looking forward to that one.
    Maybe "A Brief History of the Dead" by Kevin Brockmeier is the closest I've read to soft apocalypse.

  2. There is a very good book work of fiction set in a post apocolyptic, distopian future called Soft Apocalypse by Will Micintosh . Soft Apocolypse tells the story of a world suffering a slow, lingering , apocolyptic death caused by Greed, Rebellion, Economic Collapse and General Madness. I wonder if this book was considered but disregard?

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