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Thanks for the helpful review. My hubby likes this type of book, but I don't think I'm going to get him this one. Can you recommend any other end of the world/apocalypse/post-apocalypse/survival type books?
JL's Bibliomania 1 year ago
Has he read David Brin's The Postman? (Which was made into an OK movie).

While I've read a number of the recent, popular YA dystopias, I don't seek out this genre often enough to have many recommendations.
He hasn't read The Postman. That is/was/is/was on my list as well. I've heard terrible things about the movie, and mixed reviews about the book. The other books on my on/off list are Lucifer's Hammer, Water Knife and Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi, New York 2140, Eternity Road by McDevitt. He is getting The Passage trilogy by Justin Cronin for his birthday so that better be good. It's hard finding standalone novels these days. :(
JL's Bibliomania 1 year ago
As often happens, the book version of The Postman has room for much more subtlety than the movie. Considering that it was published over 30 years ago, at this point The Postman deserves reading to understand what more recent works in the genre are using as a jumping off point.

I've not read any of the others that you list
How about John Wyndham's books? The Chrysalids, Day of the Triffids, and The Kraken Wakes would all come under the 'end of the world/apocalypse/post-apocalypse/survival' category. They're not YA, and are possible a wee bit old-fashioned (written in the 1950s and described by J G Ballard as 'cozy dystopian'), but they're all stand-alones and great stories.
Thanks for the suggestions. He does have a lot of the older apocalypse type books and I've given him a few Wyndham and Ballad books when I've come across them in the used-book shops.