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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday (9): Post-Apocalyptic Reads

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking The Spine in which an upcoming, eagerly anticipated release is highlighted on the blog.

Due to time constraints, I am only going to be taking part in this meme once a month. Each month, I'll post a compilation of books that I'm "waiting on" that fall under a theme.

This month, I'm "waiting on" Post-Apocalyptic books:

Title: Ashes, Ashes
Author: Jo Treggiari
Publisher: Scholastic
Date: June 1, 2011 (No more waiting!)

Epidemics, floods, droughts--for sixteen-year-old Lucy, the end of the world came and went, taking 99% of the population with it. As the weather continues to rage out of control, and Sweepers clean the streets of plague victims, Lucy survives alone in the wilds of Central Park. But when she's rescued from a pack of hunting dogs by a mysterious boy named Aidan, she reluctantly realizes she can't continue on her own. She joins his band of survivors, yet, a new danger awaits her: the Sweepers are looking for her. There's something special about Lucy, and they will stop at nothing to have her.

Title: Ashfall
Author: Mike Mullin
Publisher: Tanglewood Press
Date: October 11, 2011

Ashfall is the story of Alex, a teenage boy left alone for the weekend while his parents visit relatives. When the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts unexpectedly, Alex is determined to reach his parents. He must travel over a hundred miles in a landscape transformed by a foot of ash and the destruction of every modern convenience that he has ever known, and through a new world in which disaster has brought out both the best and worst in people desperate for food, water, and warmth. With a combination of nonstop action, a little romance, and very real science, this is a story that is difficult to stop reading and even more difficult to forget.

Title: Dark Inside
Author: Jeyn Roberts
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Date: November 2011

Since mankind began, civilizations have always fallen: the Romans, the Greeks, the Aztecs…Now it’s our turn. Huge earthquakes rock the world. Cities are destroyed. But something even more awful is happening. An ancient evil has been unleashed, turning everday people into hunters, killers, crazies. 
Mason's mother is dying after a terrible car accident. As he endures a last vigil at her hospital bed, his school is bombed and razed to the ground, and everyone he knows is killed. Aries survives an earthquake aftershock on a bus, and thinks the worst is over when a mysterious stranger pulls her out of the wreckage, but she’s about to discover a world changed forever. Clementine, the only survivor of an emergency town hall meeting that descends into murderous chaos, is on the run from savage strangers who used to be her friends and neighbors. And Michael witnesses a brutal road rage incident that is made much worse by the arrival of the police--who gun down the guilty party and then turn on the bystanding crowd. 
Where do you go for justice when even the lawmakers have turned bad? These four teens are on the same road in a world gone mad. Struggling to survive, clinging on to love and meaning wherever it can be found, this is a journey into the heart of darkness – but also a journey to find each other and a place of safety.

I love the post-apocalyptic genre. Yes, they can be incredibly depressing, but there's is something so inspiring about the characters' tale of survival through intense and epic events. My favourite post-apocalyptic book is definitely The Road by Cormac McCarthy (which just so happens to be the first review I ever wrote for this blog). I strongly urge anyone who hasn't read The Road yet to do so ASAP.

How about you? Are you waiting on any of these Post-Apocalyptic reads? Are there upcoming Post-Apocalyptic books that aren't included here that you feel I should know about?


  1. I have seen the first and third, but have not seen the second one. These all sound amazing! I actually was just looking at The Road today. I will definitely add it to the list now! Thanks!

  2. Wow...big set of dystopia. Definitely fits in with the popular theme in YA right now.

  3. Mmm... yeah, I'm not that post-Apocalyptic... books like that kind of freak me out. But to each it's own, right!

    :) I hope you enjoy them.

  4. Oh, my, lots of dystopia! They do sound full of excitement and adventure.

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  5. A great Idea. Since it's one theme, I can see the red line between the covers.

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  6. I have been yearning for Ashes Ashes and both Ashfall and Dark Inside sound goo too. Great pick!

  7. All of these are on my wishlist too! They all sounds so good. I was actually hoping to pick up Ashes, Ashes tomorrow at Borders but naturally they have it as 'available online only', jerks.

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  8. Great choices!

    I am a new follower.

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    Have a nice week.

  9. There are some really great picks here, I love post-apoca novels so you've given me some awesome suggestions - thanks!

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  10. I'm not familiar with any of these, but they look good! Thanks for sharing

  11. Sweet picks! We are currently reading Ashes Ashes, and by we I mean my blog partner Greta *winks*, and she is loving it!!

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  12. wow, there are some intense reads coming up for you. Happy reading! :)

  13. These are all on my list too, they all sounds great. =)

  14. Love dystopian books, awesome choices.

    Please check out what I'm waiting for!

  15. Ashes Ashes and Ashfall are both pretty high on my TBR list. They both sound great, good choices!


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  16. I'm such a fan of the post-apocolyptic genre as well Aylee:) I just finished Ashes, Ashes and enjoyed it, and Dark Inside looks amazing, can't wait for that one!

  17. I'm REALLY looking forward to Dark Inside. It sounds awesome! :)

  18. I admit, I'm in the group of people who haven't yet read The Road. These all look amazing, and I'm glad Ashes, Ashes will be available for summer enjoyment!

  19. Great picks!


  20. Yeah, I kind of love you for this post because I've always had a fascination for this genre. Definitely adding the last two to my list (already have the first!). I also need to get started on The Road ASAP...

  21. I'm reading Ashfall right now. It's pretty good so far, but I'm only about 20% of the way through it, so... we'll see. :)

  22. Hi,Aylee. Thank you for mentioning ASHFALL here! If you'd like to review it, you can probably get a copy now from my publisher, Tanglewood Press. All the info and links are on the FAQ page at http://www.mikemullinauthor.com. Oh, and by the way, The Road is also one of my all-time favorite books. Best, Mikme

  23. I want to read all of these but I bought Ashes Ashes so I hope it's extra good ;D

  24. Thanks everyone for checking out my WoW! And oh wow, an actual comment and review request from an author. Very cool! I just might take you up on that offer, Mike. If you don't mind shipping a book to Canada.

  25. I'm glad you point out that these are post-apocalyptic and not dystopia... they are very different. My favorite one that I've read recently is Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Seriously made me want to start hoarding canned goods.

  26. Wow! That is a lot of Ash!

    Ummm... is it bad to say that I hope I'm long since dead and gone when the world actually becomes like this?

  27. Tahleen: Yes, I agree, they are very different. I haven't heard of Life As We Knew It but definitely thanks for the rec! I'm going to add it to my TBR right away. It sounds awesome!

    Missie: Uh, yeah, definitely me too. But if global warming, for instance, keeps going at the right that it is...

  28. Thanks for including Ashes, Ashes on your list, Aylee!
    I've been hearing great things about Mike Mullin's Ashfall.

  29. Oh, it's no problem. Thanks for commenting on my site, heh X)

  30. I love The Road! I was bawling my eyes out by the end of it and that scene in the house with the basement still haunts me.

    I want to read every one of these books on your list. Ashfall is available on NetGalley, so you don't have to wait for that one :)

  31. Is it? I haven't checked out NetGalley in a really long time... I have a hard time reading books on my comp. My poor eyes.

  32. I love Post-Apocalyptic reads. I read Ashfall on NetGalley, and LOVED it! I think it's my new favourite post-apocalyptic read ever. Definitely recommend checking it out.