Apocalypsies are fun. Apocalypses are not. Post-apocalypses make for really good science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, urban fantasy - whatever you call your favorite flavor. It truly makes for some delicious reading in the safe environment of our own home. It is also very good research material. How else would we ever survive the apocalypse? Or a major plague? Or prepare to experience life with no tomatoes*? The thought of all of those scenarios makes me shudder.
I know that Stephen King is not for everyone, so here are a few more of my favorite post-apocalyptic reads:
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Ariel by Steven Boyett
The Hollows series by Kim Harrison
Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel
Starters by Lissa Price
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Pure by Julianna Baggott
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld
The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
*Sorry paranormal folk, I'd have to move in with you guys.