The 10 Best End of the World Novels

On the Beach, Nevil Shute

After World War III has devastated the planet with atomic detonations, a few survivors in Australia await the end they know is rolling towards them in the toxic clouds. But when an American submarine captain hears a signal from what was once Seattle, he sets off in hopes of finding survivors. Beautifully rendered, terrifying and a dyed-in-the-wool page-turner, we recommend this classic to everyone.