5 Timely Reads to Take You by Storm

I never thought of myself as a big dystopian/disaster fiction fan, but after reading these stellar books, I’ve rethought my ways. Little did I know there’s a dystopian novel for every kind of reader.


unpreparedTRENDY: We Are Unprepared by Meg Little Reilly

A hipster Brooklyn couple moves to the Vermont countryside only to find themselves facing a storm that threatens to destroy the entire Eastern seaboard—and their marriage. This incredible emotional debut shows the terrifying effects of climate change on the Earth and our personal lives.




Cover_The Age of MiraclesSPECULATIVE: The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

The “slowing” is at the heart of this beautiful speculative novel—a gradual end to the world caused by a deceleration in the Earth’s spin. The effects of the slowing on the life of the main character and her family are heartbreaking and poignant.




Cover_Flight BehaviorREALISTIC: Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

A realistic imagining of “global weirding” effects set in present-day Appalachia, this novel begins with a young woman stumbling upon a field filled with millions of monarch butterflies, whose presence signals a catastrophic disorder in the natural world. This is a deeply affecting novel on both the personal and political levels.




Cover_Instructions for a HeatwaveHISTORICAL: Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell

For more of a historical-fiction approach, this novel focuses on one family that comes unhinged in the legendary British heat wave of 1976. Tense and poignant, this story about a family crisis will have you burning through the pages.




Cover_InvasiveTHRILLER: Invasive by Chuck Wendig

For those of us who prefer our apocalyptic fiction in thriller form, Invasive would be a good choice. A futurist who works for the FBI is confronted with the one end-of-the-world scenario she never could’ve imagined. This is a nerve-fraying thrill ride!




What other dystopian novels should have made the list? Let us know in the comment box below!

    Natalie Hallak

    Natalie Hallak is an Editorial Assistant for Park Row Books, Harlequin’s literary fiction imprint. She loves reading whip-it smart, emotional literary fiction with commercial appeal, as well as speculative fiction, psychological suspense, and narrative nonfiction/memoir. She has a particular interest in underrepresented voices and loves books that fearlessly blend genres. When Natalie’s not reading, she’s either traveling, playing the French Horn, experimenting with photography, or watching cat videos. You can find her on Twitter: @NatalieHallak.

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