Woman World is featured in a roundup of the most captivating apocalypse novels!

The 10 Most Captivating Apocalypse Novels

CrimeReads    |    David Yoon    |    May 25, 2022

I’m an apocalypse junkie. Not because I love seeing the world all jacked up (except, okay, I do) but because of how powerful and versatile the apocalypse is as a narrative device. Apocalypses can be fun! They’re a chance to sweep away all the annoying quotidian bullshit and live life pared down to just your favorite tools and your wits, a camping trip that never ends. Or they can be a handy crucible, a way to boil off everything until only the hardiest emotional truths remain. At their most wretched, the apocalypse gives authors and readers a place to see how dark the human soul can get and why. I set my own forthcoming novel, City of Orange, in a post-apocalypse. That’s how much I dig it.

All doomsday stories essentially ask the same central dramatic question: at the end of it all, what really mattered? One of my personal essay professors at school once asked us to sum up our lives into a single headstone epitaph, and then go on from there. Similarly, apocalypse stories are an attempt to write the epitaph of all humanity.

For me, apocalypse novels will never get old. They keep writing ‘em, I’ll keep reading ‘em. Here’s ten of my favorites.

Woman World by Aminder Dhaliwal
I forget why—some kind of birth defect?—but all men have vanished from the planet and now women rule in this comic strip collection. The hills are now alive with quirky, body-positive survivors who, being human after all, still find tons of very relatable insecurities to kvetch and banter about. I had no idea the end of the world could be this cozy, a kind of lovely waiting room where there’s nothing to do but play around with our absurd notions of self.

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