"The Stand" By Steven King. The Uncut edition is mad long (about 1,300 pages) but it tells a really cool and interesting story about a disease wiping out humanity, leaving few scattered survivors. The survivors set up two new civilizations, but the two cities were rivals from the start, leading to a post- apocolyptic war. This is a book that has everything: Allegory, Violence, protest, romance, horror, symbolism, and so much more. The tagline fro the mini- series was quite fitting: "The End of the World is Only the Beggining."