CR Recommends…End of the World Reads!

January 2, 2014 Apocalypse, Contagious Reads Recommends, Feature 2

It’s a DEAD, DEAD WORLD. Post apoc, and dystopian reads! Part 1!!!


Right, shall we start it off with the book that started my obsession with all things endtimes?

This book for me is nothing but five freaking stars. I know a lot of people out there that don’t like t    the Hunger Games, but Suzanne Collins opened up a whole new world for me. This book brought me into the world of YA, and the postapoclyptic genre. Plus Peeta.

Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.

In a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.

When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

**clicking on sequel images will take you to amazon!

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

The Forrest of Hands and Teeth was my first ever zombie read. While it’s not my favorite, and it’s most definitely not my favorite from the series I do recommend it. It sets up book 2 and 3 nicely and those do rock!!


In Mary’s world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

Carrie Ryan lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. You can visit Carrie at


It took months for people to convince me to give this book a shot. I was just so over angels. I’m glad I got OVER MYSELF, because Angelfall is one of the best books I have ever read. It’s gritty. It’s dirty. It’s funny. It’s dark. And Raffe. Unf.


It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world. When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.
Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans, where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

EVEN BETTER than the First!!!

tomorrowland This book was awesome. The MC (whose name is escaping my memory) is a kickass awesome heroine, and the book is filled with enough action and angst to keep readers engaged.


Can true love survive the end of the world?

Imagine finding your first love, only to be ripped apart by the apocalypse. Peyton Anderson will never forget the day she was forced to make a choice–between her family–and Chris Parker, the boy she’d given her heart. And now, four years later, as she steps from the fallout shelter and into a dead and broken world, he’s the only thing on her mind.

All Chris “Chase” Parker wanted was to take Peyton away and keep her safe from harm. But he waited for hours in the rain on judgment day and she never showed–breaking his heart without ever telling him why.

Now the two of them have been thrown together once again, reluctant chaperones of a group of orphan children in a post-apocalyptic world where the dead still walk…and feed. As they begin their pilgrimage to the last human outpost on Earth, can they find a way to let go of old hurts and find the love they lost–all the while attempting to save what’s left of the human race?

this is not a test BEST. BOOK. EVER. Courtney Summers gets me. She knows I love depressing shit. And she writes it. And she writes it well. This is Not a Test is a dark YA take on the ZA. It brings the reader right down, but still engages. There are moments of hope, and with Summers’ writing style they are like little punches to the gut.


It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?

theimmortalrules I liked the Immortal Rules. I didn’t really fall in love with the series until I read the Eternity Cure though.


To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.

Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for… again.

Enter Julie Kagawa’s dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.

Oh no this isn’t all. Not by a long shot. Stay tuned I have a lot more book recs coming your way!!!


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  • Great list! I’m going to have to check these out. Thank you. 🙂

  • Kristin@Blood, Sweat and Books

    I like The Hunger Games I just wish the Author was honest about her story idea being taken *cough ripped off* from Battle Royale. Love The Forests of Hands and Teeth & The Immortal Rules. Didn’t like Tomorrow Land all that much or The Eternity Cure and still haven’t gotten to the others yet. Nice list though.