Lucifer’s Hammer, by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

A comet hits Earth, disrupting society on a global level. Individuals out of Los Angeles flee to higher ground and try to rebuild humanity. This book takes a great, dark and realistic look at what would happen during a major reorganization of modern life. Survival concerns must be balanced with concerns about saving certain aspects of civilization. And of course there’s cannibalism!

This book was a pleasant surprise, as the one Niven book I’ve read (Ringworld) left me hesitant to pick this one up. I wasn’t satisfied with the somewhat anticlimactic end, but I do love a good almost-apocalypse story.