With winter in full swing, many people are spending their evenings by the fire, reading a good book. However, some of these books may give you a more realistic nightmare, than a Stephen King novel. Here are 5 novels about Mother Nature rebelling against the human race.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Road follows a father-son duo as they try to survive an environmental apocalypse. Readers find out what life may be like if Earth was no longer self-replenishing. The devastation leads to “bloodcults,” survivors who turn to brutality and cannibalism. Book critic, Andrew O’Hagan calls it “the first great masterpiece of the globally warmed generation”. Make sure to watch the feature film after you finish reading.
The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
The Year of the Flood is the 2nd book of Attwood’s dystopian trilogy. The book tells the story of damaging environmental effects from running out of oil which leads to more corporate empires, increased inequality, and genetic experimentation.
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
The Bone clocks follows the life of Holly Sykes. The book is told in 6 parts, each part corresponds to a different part in Holly’s life. The final part concentrates when Holly is in her 70s. She watches as the world falls into “the Endarkenment.” It is a time where climate change has led to the depleting of resources that people must live off the land and government rationing. It also speaks to the idea of how international policy and relations can effect a country in one instant.
The Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci Lloyd
After a climate disaster strikes the world, Britain decides to impose a 60% carbon tax on its citizens. The story follows 16-year-old Laura, as she and her family try to adapt to their new lifestyle. Readers see how the family must choose their luxuries: hairdryer or toaster, microwave or smartphone. Her sister, Kim, struggles with the new ways and is eventually sent to the Carbon offenders counseling.
Blind Thrust by Samuel Marquis
Earthquakes are devastating the front range between Denver and Colorado Springs. The earthquakes are unusual as they are coming from deep thrust faults (blind thrusts). Environmental geologist Joe Higheagle must find out the cause to these strange cataclysms before it’s too late. Higheagle and his team set out analyzing and collecting data while being chased by an unknown enemy.