If the movie premiere of "The Hunger Games" has left you wanting to read more books like the trilogy by Suzanne Collins, we have some suggestions. Today's books come from the adult collection; tomorrow we'll have suggestions from the teen collection.
1984 by George Orwell. The classic that brought us such terms as "big brother" and "Orwellian," the novel is the story of one man's odyssey through a world ruled by warring states and a power structure that controls information, thought and memory.
Pure by Julianna Baggott. In a world ruined by the Detonations, a girl named Pressia faces a bleak future in the militia, where she will be trained as a soldier or used as a live target.
The Drought (also known as The Burning World) by J.G. Ballard. A global drought, brought on by industrial waste, has left mankind in a life-or-death search for water. Violence erupts and insanity reigns as the human race struggles for survival in a worldwide desert of despair.
Without Warning by John Birmingham. A wave of inexplicable energy slams into the continental United States, destroying America and opening an era of survival, violence, and a new, soul-shattering reality.
The Postman by David Brin. A man wandering in the aftermath of a devastating war borrows the jacket of a long-dead postal worker and transforms himself into a symbol of hope.
The Pesthouse by Jim Crace. The United States has become sparsely populated and chaotic, leaving families with only one hope: passage on a ship to Europe.
One Second After by William R. Forstchen. An electromagnetic pulse weapon has destroyed America’s power grid and ignited a desperate struggle for survival.
Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank. A small town is cut off from the rest of a battered world after a Russian nuclear attack on America.
World Made By Hand by James Howard Kunstler. The world's oil wells have run dry, the global economy has collapsed, the price of food has skyrocketed, and the mayor of a small town in New York attempts to rebuild civil society.
Our American King by David Lozell Martin. An upstart leader declares himself king after America's infrastructure has been destroyed, its government no longer functions, and only the wealthiest can survive.
Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse. The most renowned authors of speculative fiction, including George R.R. Martin, Gene Wolfe, Orson Scott Card, Carol Emshwiller, Jonathan Lethem, Octavia E. Butler and Stephen King explore the scientific, psychological, and philosophical questions of what it means to remain human in the wake of destruction.