This post is pretty basic, but actually took time to assemble. It’s meant to be a resource for preppers interested in turning the television off and opening an entertaining read. This list is made up of some of the best fictional novels, and books I could find that fall into the survival, doomsday, TEOTWAWKI, and apolocalypse genres.
by Derrick James, SHTFblog founder and blogger at Prepper Press
If the apocalypse is of particular interest, be sure to see my complete list of post-apocalyptic books. You’ll find enough books there for a lifetime.
Now… this list of 70 Books.
Links change over time, so if you find a dead one, please alert me in the comments so I may correct it. I was tempted to make this a list of 75 or 100, but I feel this list is pretty thorough and includes the good ones. I think it’ll keep any reading prepper busy with entertainment for a while.
List of Fictional Survival, Doomsday, Apocalypse Books
A Canticle for Leibowitz – following a cloister of monks in their Utah abbey over six or seven hundred years, it tackles the sociological and religious implications of nuclear annihilation
A Gift Upon the Shore – set in the near future, traces the first generations to survive nuclear war and ensuing plagues.
Alas, Babylon – classic apocalyptic novel.
American Apocalypse: The Collapse Begins – set in America at the beginning of a socioeconomic collapse.
Atlas Shrugged – the story of a man who said he would stop the motor of the world – and did.
But Not for Long – three housemates find themselves in the midst of an eerily plausible energy crisis.
Brushfire Plague – When a virulent plague erupts across the globe, Cooper Adams faces a daily battle for survival as society unravels at a dizzying pace.
Cell – a pulse sent through cell phones turns people using them into zombie-like killing machines.
Children of the Dust – grade 6-9 reading, nuclear war scenario in which a new generation is born, “homo superior, the children of the dust.”
Dark Tower Series – the quest for the Dark Tower takes readers on a wild ride through parallel worlds and across time.
Death of Grass – society descends into barbarism as a virus wipes out grass and crops.
Deep Winter – a normal American life turns into a survival situation as one family struggles to adapt
Down to A Sunless Sea – the U.S. collapses economically from a lack of oil.
Earth Abides – a disease of destructive force has spread across the globe killing all but one man, who makes an astonishing discovery.
Farnham’s Freehold – a man builds a shelter under his house and finds a strange world after the bomb explodes.
Final Blackout – set in a ravaged world a charismatic leader rises in England.
Footfall – aliens are descending on the American heartland, demanding servile surrender.
Hiero’s Journey – 5,000 years after The Death, an evil “Brotherhood of the Unclean” is waging a war against the few human survivors.
Holding Their Own – 2015 in post-apocalypse Texas, a couple bugs out.
Holding Their Own II – the story continues.
I Am Legend – a plague has destroyed the world and the few survivors must fight the blood hungry creatures of the night
Ice Quake – when the world climate changes overnight and civil order collapses, the survivors at a remote Antarctic icecap know they won’t get rescued.
Into the Forest – two sisters must learn to live in the forest when electricity goes out, their parents die and civilization grinds to a halt.
King Rat – an American corporal survives the brutality of prison camp life in Japanese-occupied, World War II Malaya through insight into human frailties.
Last Light – oil supplies have been severed and things unravel at a horrifying pace.
Last of the Breed – set in Siberia, a down American pilot must rely on ancestral skills to survive the deadly cold and elude his Soviet pursuers.
Left Behind – a novel of Earth’s Last Days, first of a series.
Life as We Knew It – grade 6-8 reading level, a sophomore girl experiences life in Pennsylvania after a meteor hits.
Light’s Out – follows the story of a man after the lights go out over most of the world as he tries to unit his family and friends if they are to survive reality of everyday life after civil order is stripped away.
Lucifer’s Hammer – a comet hit earth, causing earthquakes and tsunamis. For those that survived, it’s the dawn of a struggle for survival.
Malevil – survivors escape the big event in an old French castle, but struggle to survive as society collapses
Memoirs of a Survivor – in a destroyed, lawless city, a woman is given a twelve-year girl and told she must raise her
Nature’s End – 21st-century Earth with a devastated environment and overpopulation. The comfortable elite coexist with the pitiful rest, “the victim generation.”
No Blade of Grass – a massive crop disease wreaks havoc and society breaks down.
On the Beach – a bestseller for decades, it’s an unforgettable vision of a post-apocalyptic world.
One – survivor Richard Jane crosses a burned and battered country in search of his son.
One Second After – an EMP disables almost every electrical device in the U.S. and the world, societal breakdown ensues.
Parable of the Sower – global warming, massive unemployment and gang warfare combine to break down society, set in southern California.
Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse – America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse as the characters use survival techniques to endure.
Plague Year – set in post-apocalyptic California above the 10,000′ high-water mark, a group struggles to survive.
Pulling Through – a story of survival after nuclear war.
Solar Flare – a major solar flare hits and changes life dramatically for an electronic-dependent society.
Some Will Not Die – a plague wipes out 90% of Earth’s population and those left struggle to survive
Summer of the Apocalypse – a virus destroys the world’s population as a 15-year-old travels across Colorado to find his father.
Survivors – a virus wipes out 95% of the population and those left must revert to primitive skills to survive.
Swan Song – a NYC bag lady and a boy that survived in a now destroyed compound travel together.
The Aftermath – an asteroid destroys most life; a cruise ship of people and a village in South Africa struggle to survive.
The Ashes – in a search for his family in post-apocalyptic America, a man meets rebels and joins a revolution.
The Far North – a survivor in a post-apocalyptic world is sold into slavery and escapes.
The Folk of the Fringe – an ecological consciousness has been born in post-WW III America as Mormons set to rebuild society.
The Forge of God – two types of aliens invade the Earth, the first profess to be altruistic, but the second warn humanity that the first will destroy the world.
The Hunger Games – grade 7+, the U.S. has collapsed and divided; each year each district sends to young people by lottery to “The Hunger Games”
The Last Centurion – a mini-ice age and plague have set as an American Army office struggles to rebuild the world.
The Last Ship – nuclear war has struck as a destroyer short on food and fuel searches for uncontaminated mainland.
The Passage – a virus leads vampiric revenants to wipe out civilization except survivors on a FEMA-established island.
The Postman – the lead characters survived the Doomwar and finds work crossing the post-apocalypse United States.
The Rift – an earthquake hits the southeastern U.S. as 9 people try to survive.
The Road – post-apocalyptic blight of gray skies that drizzle ash, the story of a man and his son.
The Stand – a virus is accidentally released and wipes out most of humanity and sets the stage for a battle between good and evil.
The Walk – a TV network executive in LA after the big earthquake hits, he thinks he’s prepared, but he’s not.
The World Ends in Hickory Hollow – bombs fell and civilization ended as the people of Hickory Hollow, Texas are faced with renegade thieves and murderers.
Tomorrow! – an apocalyptic technology is superimposed on the future and exposes America’s dangerous vulnerability to panic.
Tooth and Nail – a rabies-based plague infects so many they begin to run amok, spreading slaughter and disease.
Tsunami – a battleground in the wake of a monstrous tidal wave.
Tunnel in the Sky – a final exam on an advanced survival class goes wrong and the students are stranded somewhere in the universe, at the other end of a tunnel in the sky.
Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse – 22 apocalyptic tales all depicting unsettling societal, physical and psychological adaptations their authors postulate as necessary for survival after the end of the world.
What So Proudly We Hailed – 80% of the U.S. is without power for 3-4 months as the result of a nuclear strike.
Without Warning – as coalition forces begin their assault on Iraq, a massive energy wave hits North America and is dubbed “the Disappearance.”
Wolf and Iron – the U.S. is devastated by financial collapse, a man travels 2,000 miles to his brother’s Montana ranch.
World Made by Hand – oil wells run dry and the economy collapses, society must be rebuilt out of squabbling factions and cult-like communities.
World War Z – an oral history of the zombie war.