1. The Stand
I read this book in 1995, in my little flat in rural Latvia, and I have not yet forgotten the opening scene, with the guy slipping out of the gates as the science goes wrong, then driving off with his wife and baby, coughing ominously.
Neal Shusterman himself just tweeted about the eery connection between his novel of water running out and the current situation (of TP running out?)
If you’ve read DRY, life is imitating art, and it’s scary… Stay safe and healthy, everyone.— NealShusterman (@NealShusterman) March 18, 2020
3. Life As We Knew It
I lost interest in this series as it progressed, but the first book, in which a slight shift in the moon's orbit basically destroys everything on earth made me want to stack the pantry with canned goods. Hmm, what does that remind me of?
4. Station Eleven
This one's not as near future as the others, so it's a little less relevant. But it's pretty bleak.
5. Wilder Girls
Quarantined girls unsure if their food source is a boon or the problem...yikes.
6. How I Live Now
How quaint, a near-future book in which nuclear war derails regular life. Seems like a very 1980s concept. Though the cousin incest makes it less quaint, of course. Or more so? Wasn't that a thing in the 1300s?
7. In the After
As my students like to point out, this book came out well BEFORE The Quiet Place came out. After the aliens have attacked the earth, the only way to avoid getting eaten is to be unheard.
8. The Last Policeman
I love this trilogy about the trials and tribulations of trying to be a police detective when the whole world is aware that a meteor is going to take everyone out in a few months.
9. Not a Drop to Drink
I can barely let myself think about this one. After our scare with losing power yesterday, I started to wonder how feral we'd all get in pursuit of water for our immediate family.
10. The Living
The Big One wipes out the west coast, and the resulting flood of illnesses and refugees send the entire country into a tailspin. Oof.
The cover colors and styles kind of crack me up. Compare them to most contemporaries or rom-coms out. These books want you to know they are ominous. Kind of like poison dart frogs or something.
What books would you add to this list? Are you brave enough to read any of these right now, or do they all strike a little too close to home? Me, I'm heading back to my comfort reads.