There’s always a new disaster trend lurking around the cultural corner. Recent years there have been an incredibly upswing to post-apocalyptic culture. Just here on Klaus & Fritz we have already posted articles about Post-apocalyptic tourism in Gunkanjima and about the Spreepark in Berlin that has a definite after the catastrophe feel to it.
This is the first article of two where we plan to list you the best post-apocalyptic culture out there, that takes place during or after an apocalyptic, or at least world-altering, event. First out are the books. Here we go!
5. The Dog Stars – Peter Heller
The world is ravaged by a super flu and most people die. Those that are left fight for survival and everybody is a potential threat. Hig, together with his dog, his Cessna called The Beast, and a shoot-first-ask-questions-later sociopath called Bangley, is living a fairly good life at an airfield. He takes occasional flights in his plane and is looking for something else, something more.
4. Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
You didn’t expect this one, did you? Well this one fits right in. The Hunger Games trilogy actually takes place after the fall of society as we know it. There are only 13 districts, which are fenced off from the outside world. Between them – a whole lot of nature/nothing. So yes, I think we’ve established it fits in the genre. Anyway, I’m not going to reminisce about this book. You all know it, you all know what it’s about. Only thing I have to say: screw the movies, read the books. It’s not fancy, but oh so captivating.
3. The Passage + The Twelve + Part 3 to be released in 2014 – Justin Cronin
All you vampire lovers out there, listen up! This one’s for you. Although to give you a fair warning; this is nothing like True Blood or Twilight. The vampires in the passage are the outcome of an experiment and are more ghastly than any other vampire novel I’ve ever read. The only thing they shy away from is light an they ravage everything they come across. These books are the kind that you really can’t put down and there’s twists and turns around every corner. The third and final book in the trilogy is planned for release in 2014.
2. The Road – Cormac McCarthy
This masterpiece centers around a father and his son, that’s scouring across an american landscape that’s been scorched by an unspecified event. There is no life left, it’s all dust, and they are simply trying to survive.
Have you not seen the movie? Great, don’t. The book is way better. McCarthy knows better than most authors out there how to create an ambience through text. The exquisite people portraits are a treat and the book leaves you touched, disturbed and deeply moved.
1. Wool (Book 1-5) + Shift (Book 6-8) + Dust (Final book, not yet released) – Howard Hughes
This might be my favorite new post-apocalyptic book (well, I suppose you’ve already figured that out as it’s at number 1). This series actually started out as a short story that Hughes released himself on Amazon’s Kindle. It grew so popular that he decided to add to it.
The story of the series takes place in Silos, over 100 storied buildings that reach far down into earth. We follow different characters, such as Holston, sheriff in Silo 18, and Jahns, Mayor of Silo 18 as well as several others. Through their personal stories they unravel bit by bit the truth about the silos, how they came about and the secrets that they hold. This book, my friends, is a crazy page turner.
Margret Atwood (with books such as The Year of the Flood) which probably should have pushed Dog Stars down. But not today when I wrote it, another day maybe.
George Orwell and 1984. It might be old, but come on, it’s a classic and it’s so deserving.
That’s all for today folks. Come back in a week and we’ll look at post-apocalyptic culture in moving images. That means movies and tv-series.