* ItWasHisSled: Everyone likes to point out first and foremost that this is an apocalypse story.
%%* TearJerker: [[spoiler:Mona's death.]]
* ValuesDissonance: The word "midget" wasn't considered offensive at the time, so be prepared to cringe a fair bit whenever Newt comes up.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: While the book isn't exactly subtle about its message regarding [[ScienceIsBad amoral science]], it remains a pretty powerful and relevant one over half a century at the book's publication.