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Oct 25, 2011, 6:47pm Top

Got any good post-apocoliptic books for middle school students?

Oct 25, 2011, 7:31pm Top

Oct 25, 2011, 7:49pm Top

The Chrysalids is a great read I think I read it when I was in middle school. Heiro's Journey is another good choice.

Oct 25, 2011, 8:11pm Top

Try the Read YA Lit group, they'll probably be able to give you a lot of suggestions.

The Maze Runner springs to mind. Try Uglies as well.

Oct 25, 2011, 9:21pm Top

Not sure of age-group you need, but I think highly of Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick.

Oct 26, 2011, 1:45am Top

If you're willing to try an older book, Alas, Babylon and Earth Abides are both very good.

Oct 26, 2011, 2:18am Top

FWIW, Earth Abides is a major snoozer. I think that and I'm 41. A middle schooler would, I think, throw it across the room.

Oct 26, 2011, 4:43am Top

I would second The Chrysalids - I've just re-read it.

City by Simak would be an off-the-wall suggestion. Dogs tell stories about the decline (and eventual extinction) of man.

A Canticle For Leibowitz should be readable my a middle-schooler

Again both of these are older books. But they are still in print.

Oct 26, 2011, 6:03am Top

We were taught Chrysalids ay School in thet age range..

Oct 26, 2011, 12:18pm Top

I'd suggest The Giver by Lois Lowry. The Chrysalids (Re-Birth in the United States) is an excellent choice as well, but The Giver i think might be better for a middle school audience.

Oct 26, 2011, 12:41pm Top

(6) Alas, Babylon was a required read in 7th or 8th grade I think.

I've not read it in years, but recall very favorable impressions of it. I owned it for a number of years and reread it several times.

Even though it is written in a late 1950s perspective, it also could be valuable to show young adults how people of that time handled an apocalyptic situation.

Oct 26, 2011, 4:10pm Top

Wow! These all look like great books! Thanks guys! =D

Oct 26, 2011, 4:23pm Top

Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien


Oct 26, 2011, 4:24pm Top

I just read Unwind. This is from my review: The premise of Unwind is that abortion is such a divisive issue that a civil war was fought over it, The Heartland War, at the end of which "The Bill of Life" was passed. It states that human life may not be touched from the moment of conception until a child reaches the age of thirteen. However between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, a parent (or guardian) may choose to retroactively 'abort' a child... on the condition that the child's life doesn't 'technically' end. The child is "unwound", all the organs, skin and tissue, every bit of the body, is transplanted into other people. Of course there are young scheduled unwinds running from their fate, kind of a combo Lord of the Flies and Never Let Me Go.

You also can't pass up The Hunger Games trilogy. Some people think it's too upsetting for middle school, I don't, and the fact that the movie is coming out would be a good impetus to get the kids to read.

Oct 26, 2011, 6:57pm Top

Battle Circle Trilogy by Piers Anthony
The Drowned World by J. G. Ballard
Godwhale and Half-Past Human by T. J. Bass
Postman by David Brin
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

Some adult themes here but nothing too extreme - I read some of these myself when I was in middle school.

Oct 26, 2011, 9:58pm Top

Oct 27, 2011, 9:43am Top

Oct 27, 2011, 12:33pm Top

I am not sure if the age range is right, but I enjoyed A Wrinkle in Time and the John Christopher books starting with The White Mountains (although he later wrote a prequel, which I didn't enjoy as much; granted I was probably thirty years older when I read it.) I agree with the Maze Runner and sequel and The Hunger Games books as more recent examples.
I have heard that a number of schools have banned The Hunger Games. That seems pretty ridiculous.

Oct 27, 2011, 3:06pm Top

>19 tjm568: The White Mountains "tripod" series brings back fond memories! I think I read them in 5th or 6th grade.

Oct 27, 2011, 6:40pm Top

>20 drmamm: But I think of the "tripod" series as "alien invasion" rather than "post-apocalyptic" (OPer please note spelling!).

Oct 27, 2011, 7:38pm Top

Oct 27, 2011, 9:37pm Top

Yeah the Tripods were alien invasion, but there doesn't seem to be that many of us left. Apocolypse by alien? My bigger concern is that they might be too young to be considered young adult.

Edited: Oct 27, 2011, 10:02pm Top

The Happy Planet was one that captivated me as an 11/12-year old. It is a sort of post-apocalypse setting, viewed from the perspective of returning survivors who had escaped by colonizing another planet.

Oct 27, 2011, 11:58pm Top

For some oldies but goodies, try The Children of Morrow and Treasures of Morrow by H. M. Hoover and Mind-hold, Mind-call, and Mind-find by Wilanne Schneider Belden. IMHO, Jeanne DuPrau borrowed a lot from Hoover with her The City of Ember series. The first two are contemporaneous with the Christopher books.

Btw, Amazon has several lists of apocalyptic books for YA and children in their listmania section.

Oct 28, 2011, 8:43pm Top

The Summer of the Apocalypse. I read this a few weeks ago and thought it was pretty good.

Oct 30, 2011, 12:21pm Top

Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang, Kate Wilhelm touches on post apocalypse and cloning in this classic SF novel.

Oct 31, 2011, 11:28pm Top

Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham. A classic.

Edited: Nov 14, 2011, 2:33pm Top

Genesis by Bernard Beckett

Nov 20, 2011, 2:19pm Top

A Canticle for Leibowitz has a sequel, not widely known even to readers of the first book. Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman was published posthumously, possibly because Miller recognized there were problems with it and set it aside. Reviews of it here in LT run 2 against and one for. I lost my own copy before I could finish it, but what I read tends to support those who say it's just not as good as the original book, and not particularly good in itself. That said, YMMV, and it fits this topic's category, so....

Edited: Nov 22, 2011, 9:21am Top

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Nov 22, 2011, 9:21am Top

Dec 7, 2011, 4:24pm Top

Here are two that no one listed - "On the Beach" by Nevil Shute, maybe a little too realistic and a downer but makes you think. And "The Stand" by Stephen King, not what you first think of but has good character development, interesting ideas and hits on some social issues.

Jan 13, 2012, 4:53pm Top

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Nov 28, 2012, 11:19am Top

I would recommend The Road by Cormac McCarthy . The writing style is different from any book you have ever read. It almost prose poetry in format. The book is similar to but much better than the movie. Some of the scenes are the same but in the movie the boy looks to be about 12 years old. In my opinion that is a flaw in the movie as a 12 year old would be almost an adult and much more useful than the 7-8 year old that the book portrays who required constant reassuring and protection.

The book is quite depressing and moody due to the excellent description of the landscape and some scenes but it is an outstanding portrayal of the the love and bonding between a father and his son in trying times

Nov 29, 2012, 12:39pm Top

Emergence by David Palmer is quite good. And the protagonist is a 12(?) year old girl.

Nov 29, 2012, 12:48pm Top

An enthusiastic second to rgurskey's suggestion.

Nov 30, 2012, 4:21pm Top

Okay, many years ago, more than I want to admit to, when I was in junior highschool, I read a post-apocalyptic novel by Andre Norton called Starman's Son, also published later under the title Daybreak 2250 A.D. I remember it as a page turner, and age appropriate.

Dec 1, 2012, 6:40am Top

Realized I left out Farnham's Freehold by Robert Heinlein (a bit controversial but has the elements you're looking for)...

Dec 1, 2012, 10:51pm Top

>37 rgurskey: There was a sequel to Emergence a few years ago in Analog though I don't know if it was later published by itself. Palmer was fairly clever in writing a sequel to a somewhat dated story from the Cold War. Emergence is still worth reading, though.

Dec 3, 2012, 2:20am Top

Third vote for Emergence; I've read it a couple of times over the years and it's still enjoyable.

>41 RandyStafford: Thanks for the info, I was not aware of a sequel.

Dec 3, 2012, 10:38am Top

I remember reading and liking La mort de la Terre (The Death of the Earth) by J.-H. Rosny for school, but while a translation probably exists I'm not sure how available it can be.

Dec 5, 2012, 11:53am Top

Could give Aldiss's Greybeard a go!

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