The Rec League: Post Apocalyptic Romance

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This Rec League comes from Jessi. Thanks, Jessi!

I know this might not be what other people are looking for right now, but I have been devouring post apocalyptic romances and I need more to feed the beast. So far, I’ve read everything by Kit Rocha, Claire Kent’s Last Light, Alysa Cole’s Radio Silence trilogy and most recently Kat Bostick’s Moonshine. I don’t care what type of apocalypse it is, and I really don’t need much plot, if that makes sense. What I really like is the dynamic of two people alone at the end of the world who have to rely on each other. You could maybe in substitute an extreme forced proximity (like Adriana Andrews’ Whiteout). Any suggestions?

Amanda: The Scorpius Syndrome series by Rebecca Zanetti. Warning of dubious consent in some books and the events involve a deadly virus, if anyone wants to steer clear of that storyline right now.

Elyse: Year One by Nora Roberts ( A | BN | K | G | AB ) although while there is romance it’s not the center storyline.

EllenM: Two series after magical apocalypses come to mind—Isabel Cooper’s Stormbringer series (1st and 3rd books especially) and the A Gathering of Dragons series by Milla Vane, although the latter have more of an ensemble cast feel

Sarah: In my interview with Julia Quinn, she also requested post-apocalyptic books, and recommended Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer.

Laura, in the comments, said, “As far as a dystopian novel, I liked NK Jemison’s The Fifth Season and, while more noir than dystopian, China Mieville’s The City and the City.”

Susan: The Luminous Dead by Caitlyn Starling maybe? It’s f/f survival horror and goes hard into the “two people alone who have to rely on each other” from the word go – the protagonist is a caver for hire exploring monster-infested tunnels, whose only contact while she’s down there is the person manning the radio.

And I agree with Laura’s comments, because The Fifth Season is excellent and does really cool things with its structure

Amanda: We also have a “dystopian” option in our Book Finder!

What books would you recommend? Let us know!

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