I recently read World War Z
and the Zombie Survival Guide
, and they're both very good. And Hitchiker's Guide
is one of my favorite books ever. I highly recommend all of these (I know they've been mentioned, but I wanted to lend my support). However, none of them really focus on post-apocalyptic life on earth. If you're looking for that kind of thing, you might consider Orson Scott Card's Folk of the Fringe
). Unlike many of the other books mentioned, it's a relatively realistic account of what might happen after an apocalypse that's actually possible (zombies and aliens are fun, but rather unlikely). I remember enjoying it and thinking it was a really interesting take on the future (caveat: I read it years ago, when I was much younger and more foolish, so it's possible I liked it more than it deserved). It's not a book you hear about very often, so I thought I should bring it up.