Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
“Emily St. John Mandel’s fourth novel, Station Eleven, begins with a spectacular end. One night in a Toronto theater, onstage performing the role of King Lear, 51-year-old Arthur Leander has a fatal heart attack. There is barely time for people to absorb this shock when tragedy on a considerably vaster scale arrives in the form of a flu pandemic so lethal that, within weeks, most of the world’s population has been killed . . . Mandel is an exuberant storyteller . . . Readers will be won over by her nimble interweaving of her characters’ lives and fates . . . Station Eleven is as much a mystery as it is a post-apocalyptic tale . . . Mandel is especially good at planting clues and raising the kind of plot-thickening questions that keep the reader turning pages . . . Station Eleven offers comfort and hope to those who believe, or want to believe, that doomsday can be survived, that in spite of everything people will remain good at heart, and when they start building a new world they will want what was best about the old.”
— Description from Sigrid Nunez, New York Times Book Review
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer : Similarly suspenseful and deftly written. Features an otherworldly setting and its effects on its visitors.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy : A much darker post-apocalyptic story; similarly describes bands of survivors in a wasteland of their formerly bustling culture.
California by Edan Lepucki : A twosome live in the wilderness until they’re forced to need hep from a nearby settlement. The unfamiliar community poses threats of its own, however, just as dangerous as their former wilderness home.