I do not enjoy post-apocalyptic stories mostly because I am woefully underprepared for any sort of apocalyptic event. And, I completely overthink all of the hardships that come with the apocalypse. Do they still have coffee? Where are they finding hygiene products!?! I worry.
However, Henry Neff wrote the eminently enjoyable Tapestry series and I loved them. And then, masterfully, he gave that fully flushed fictional world a Cataclysm (apocalypse) which means that we are far enough from my reality that I could just enjoy the do-over that the end of the world brings to a fictional society.
Impyrium takes place 3000 years after The Tapestry series ended and while you don’t really need to read the four Tapestry books before you enjoy Impyrium just know you will run across a smattering of references and some spoilers. However, the characters and the plot are unique to this new series.
Many reviews will emphasize Henry Neff’s fully formed and enjoyable world. It is wonderful. But, for me, the characters are simply amazing. Hob is a commoner and Hazel is a princess. Does this sound like you have already read this story? I don’t think you have. I read a LOT of series fantasy and these are, admittedly, stock positions in most books. But, in Neff’s story they are unpredictable, endearing and utterly enjoyable.
How cool is Neff? He made a trailer for his book. Check it out on his website.