Lots of people love disaster novels. What’s not to love –they’re often filled with drama and high stakes. Whether they show people dealing with the unfolding disaster or living in its aftermath, there is something compelling that always makes you think about how good you’d be in that situation. Would you have what it takes to survive? Here are a few of our favourite disaster reads – what are yours?
The Strain by Author Guillermo del Toro
A vampiric virus infects New York and spreads outward, threatening the city and then the world, as a CDC doctor and a Holocaust survivor fight to save humanity.
A city is hit by an epidemic of "white blindness" whose victims are confined to a vacant mental hospital, while a single eyewitness to the nightmare guides seven oddly assorted strangers through the barren urban landscape.
Chaos prevails when the bubonic plague strikes the Algerian coastal city of Oran.
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.
A monumentally devastating plague leaves only a few survivors in a desert world who move toward the ultimate confrontation of good and evil, in the expanded original version of King's novel.
*Annotations courtesy of NoveList, a database that recommends fiction and non-fiction books by author, plot, setting and topic and includes book reviews.
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