8 Post-Apocalyptic Books Escape to a worse world 1. The Year of the Flood Margaret Atwood 2. Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. 3. The Stand Stephen King 4. Oryx and Crake Margaret Atwood 5. The Walking Dead Robert Kirkman 6. Not the End of the World Christopher Brookmyre 7. The Time Machine H G Wells 8. The Road Cormac McCarthy Some people just want to watch the world burn – escape with them in this collection of apocalyptic reads.