A selection of the best novels set in worlds dramatically altered by environmental change.
A father and his young son walk alone through burned America, heading slowly for the coast. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. They have nothing but a pistol to defend themselves against the men who stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food - and each other. Cormac McCarthy won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for The Road in 2006.
Fluctuations in solar radiation that have melted the ice caps and London in 2145 is a tropical swamp filled with lush tropical vegetation and primeval reptiles. This classic novel confirmed J. G. Ballard as one of Britain's great science fiction writers when it was published in 1962
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The waterless flood - a manmade plague - has ended the world, and destroyed everything. Two young women have survived: Ren, a young dancer trapped where she worked, in an upmarket sex club (the cleanest dirty girls in town); and Toby, who watches and waits from her rooftop garden. Is anyone else out there, and what will become of the human race? The Year of the Flood is the final book in Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam trilogy.
In the midst of a mysterious environmental crisis, as London is submerged below flood waters, a woman gives birth to her first child, Z. Days later, the family are forced to leave their home in search of safety. Megan Hunter's debut novel is a story of new motherhood in a terrifying setting: a familiar world made dangerous and unstable, its people forced to become refugees. The End We Start From is published in paperback, ebook and audiobook now.
This 2010 novel by Ian McEwan follows Micheal Beard — a Nobel-winning physicist whose dysfunctional personal life and cynical ambition see him pursuing a solar-energy based solution for climate change. Ranging from the Arctic Circle to the deserts of New Mexico, Solar is darkly satirical and highlights the impact of climate change.
David Mitchell's Booker-shortlisted sixth novel presents a post-climate change world which is both terrifying and believable. The Bone Clocks follows the life of Holly Sykes as the consequences of a decision she made as a teenager unfold and draw her into a world far beyond her imagining. As life in the near future turns perilous due to the effects of climate change, the pledge she made to a stranger years ago becomes the key to her and her family's survival.