Human wipe-out dystopia novels... read this year... set in near-future Americas -
Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood - the lushest of the bleak futures
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy - Easy Reader says This Book is Easy to Read
The Genocides, by Thomas Disch - maybe the best but the BLEAKEST...
The Pesthouse, by Jim Crace - i read his books Quarantine and Being Dead and got bored, but this held my interest.
All of these are very good and recommended, but the sudden endings of The Road and Oryx and Crake blow. The Genocides is hard core to the bitter end.
Thomas Disch is a new favorite novelist. I found out about him after he killed himself earlier this year and Eric Gelber and Tom Moody blogged about him. The M.D. was so good. I found some of his stuff in Hoosick at Dog Ear(ed?) Books... next I'm reading The Puppies of Terra.