Everything Is Going To Kill Everybody
Three Rivers Press, 2010
I stumbled upon this book while contemplating the ways the world might end for a library display on “Recommended Reading for the Post-Apocalypse,” that is, books on small-scale farming, food preservation, general off-the-grid living, and the like.
Before having read Brockway’s book, I thought myself pretty savvy to various end-of-world scenarios, but I learned a few new ways to be terrified. For example, I knew vaguely about supervolcanoes, meteorite strikes, and greenhouse gas, but this was my first exposure to the hat trick of global disasters that combines all three: the Verneshot is a hypothetical event in which a massive build up of subterranean gas launches a big ol’ piece of continent into low orbit, which reenters the atmosphere elsewhere in the manner of a massive meteorite. Meanwhile, all that built up carbon dioxide that caused the initial eruption is released into the atmosphere, pretty much wiping out whatever’s left. Oh, and there’s also a massive earthquake as the hole vacated by the explosion collapses in on itself. Lovely.
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Sweet Tooth Vol. 1: Out of the Woods
Described by the USA Today as “Mad Max with antlers,” Jeff Lemire’s new series of post-apocalyptic graphic novels departs from the quiet domestic tales of his previous works into territory more reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.
Gus is a hybrid, a child raised in the wake of a mysterious plague that has decimated mankind and bearing strange, animal-like attributes. Hybrids also possess a curious immunity to the lingering sickness that threatens the few adult survivors that remain, an immunity that also makes them a valuable commodity for those who would find a cure.
Gus’s father does what he can to protect his son from poachers, but when the father himself succumbs to the sickness, Gus must break his father’s rules and venture outside the secluded wood where he had been sheltered all his life. With the help of a violent but seemingly benevolent drifter named Jepperd, Gus sets out for “The Preserve,” a place rumored to provide sanctuary for hybrid children. Along the way, the pair encounter the worst of the human remnant, desperate individuals who do whatever they can to survive amid the ruins of civilization.
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