Coronavirus has completely changed our lives. All of us have been quarantined in our homes for quite some time now. During this time of pandemic, movies and books related to such instances have regained their popularity. There exist many books that have explored the idea of a pandemic-savaged world. Here are 5 such books to keep you company during this new time period of self-distancing.
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Bird box by Josh hit the shelves in 2014 and was published by Harper Collins. The book exists on the borderline of horror and thriller. It has also been adapted into a Netflix feature film starring Sandra Bullock. The book centers on an epidemic in which people are driven to deadly violence after taking a glimpse at a mysterious phenomenon. Scattered survivors remain as they live in an abandoned home near the river, unable to risk going outside without fully seeing.
The Stand by Stephen King
Published in 1978, the book talks about a pandemic not very different from the one going on. The book tells the tale of a patient who escapes from a testing facility, unknowingly carrying a mutated strain of super-flu that could wipe out 99 percent of the world’s population within a few weeks. From a frightened public, two leaders emerge, Mother Abagail, a 108-year-old woman who urges them to build a peaceful community in Colorado; and “Dark Man” Randall Flagg, who finds thrill in chaos and violence. The survivors are then left not only to have to choose between Mother Abagail and Randall Flagg but decide the fate of all humanity.
The Plague by Albert Camus
This book is a 1947 classic. It tells the story of a plague sweeping the French Algerian city of Oran. Once it has settled in, the epidemic continues to linger in the minds of the town’s inhabitants until the following February.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
This book published in 2014 has a storyline that resonates with the pandemic taking place today. In the book, a famous Hollywood actor passes away after having a heart attack during a production of King Lear. The night proves to be the start of a chain reaction of frightening events as a fictional swine flu pandemic, dubbed the “Georgia Flu,” impacts the world, killing the majority of the population. The tale soon moves back and forth in time, depicting life before and after the pandemic.
The Eyes of Darkness by Dean Koontz
Published nearly 40 years ago, this book seems to express what we are going through the most. In Koontz’s 1981 book, he writes of a deadly virus called the “Wuhan 400,” which he described as a “severe pneumonia-like illness” that attacks “the lungs and bronchial tubes” and “resisting all known treatments.”