Emily St. John Mandel
An interesting approach to post apocalyptic literature as this book investigates the beauty that would be left after the collapse of civilization. Instead of focusing on the terror Mandel explores what the human race would hold onto- which she theorizes would be the arts. The main story follows a troupe of actors and musicians across the middle of the US as they bring Shakespeare and symphonies to the few survivors. They are mostly welcome until they stumble upon a strange cult with an even stranger leader. There's beauty and love, action and brutality. Mandel has crafted a gorgeous and utterly captivating novel. Fans of other post apocalyptic literature should pick this up yesterday but I think there is enough here to appeal to a very wide audience.