Survival fiction…..what do you like?

There is a lot of survival fiction out there. Many works are available in paperback while some others only on the Kindle. Quality ranges from those with a few spelling/grammatical errors (my book A Survival Story for example) to higher quality works like Patriots. Regardless – survival fiction seems to be very popular right now.

Here is my question – What kind of survival fiction do you like? 


One of my favorite survival fiction books that I have read is Day by Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne. Yeah – zombie fiction. It actually read like a diary detailing the ongoing zombie apocalypse across a realistic timeline. If you like zombies I highly recommend it.

So – when it comes to survival fiction – What do you like to read?What kind of plot? Modern times, future, or way back when? What kind of disaster or situation should the characters find themselves in?

Have a favorite?

Thanks all – 


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25 thoughts on “Survival fiction…..what do you like?”

  1. I liked reading One Second After, also, but have just been reading Matt Brackens’ books (free on Kindle the last few Mondays). One that I liked, but apparently doesn’t get much press is called “The Survivors” by B.L. Swagger (That’s a pen name) – it’s the only book out by the author and it reads like it is, but it still has a fairly good story. I’ve also read some of the “Road Home” stories and found them to be entertaining. I’m not so much into zombies, so I haven’t read any of that genre.

  2. My favorites are One Second After and Lights Out!I live close to Black Mountain so this book really hits close to home (One Second After).If you read these two books you should understand the importance of preparing for anything!

  3. I enjoy reading the series by Glenn Tate – 299 Days. They tell the story of one man’s journey through preparing, surviving, and thriving during a time of great change. He goes through all the periods I have gone through – from just knowing that something is very wrong to what things I can do to prepare. Very good ideas, easy to read, believable.

  4. Wow! Beverly, they are my favorites too. We have children in Asheville and always remark about the hanging that took place at the top of the mountain. I actually have a signed copy of “One Second After”. I also like all of Matt Bracken’s books. Of course Ayn Rand is right in there.
    One that is stumbled on, which is not a survival book, was “Wool”. The author is from Monroe and you can download the first book for free from Amazon. I just couldn’t put this one down.

  5. I also liked Joe Nobody’s Holding Their Own (book 2 was ok, 3 kind of lost me). I also loved Cannibal Reign by Thomas Koloniar which deals with life in the US after a massive meteor strike…highly recommend that one (especially for those looking to ride out the storm in an underground bunker or converted silo). Have read several others but these are my two favs.

  6. Of course, the Patriots is a great one. I tend to like the “How To” fiction books because I seem to get more information in an easier to read format. If I enjoy the story I’m more apt to continue reading it and gain the information embedded in the text.

  7. My all time faves are Alas Babylon by Pat Frank and WarDay by Whitley Strieber and James Kunetka. But since becoming a preparer, I have read a lot more. The fiction stories that mean the most to me though, are the ones that impart knowledge…why I love my top two the most! Good story is great, but nuggets of wisdom, such as how to find salt in Alas Babylon, or how to build a geiger counter in WarDay, are what make them so invaluable…sharing wisdom through fiction is something that may give some of the sheeple an advantage

  8. And I’m gonna go there….The Left Behind series IMO is an easy way to introduce the discussion of preparedness to some folks. Really a good read, not so much a reference as far as tidbits of knowledge, but it may help folks on the fence both mentality wise and spiritually. Gonna give a shout out, Rourke, if it is OK, to Chris over at because he has a VERY good explanation of preparedness from a Christian perspective…

    That said, I enjoy reading ‘End of Times’ fiction but if it doesn’t share knowledge, IMO, it isn’t worth it…but hey sexy and horror sells…but if we can share some nugget of knowledge that the sheeple can pick up, I guess we dress it up how we can…

  9. I really got into the ‘Dies the Fire’ trilogy by S.M.Stirling. It’s a post apocalyptic/ after a global black out saga that goes multi-generational. There are some great survival ‘How to’s’ especially in the first book of the series.
    also the classic ‘Lucifer’s Hammer’

  10. Well, let’s see. Alas Babylon, the grandaddy by which others should be judged. Of course One Second After. Enjoy the books by a. american. Like the No Easy Hope books, even though it contains zombies, because of story location is at which I reside (NC Piedmont).

    Don’t care for the Rawles books. Don’t feel the need for a crisis or commercial endorsement on every page.

    Oh, one other to add. The Walking Dead GRAPHIC novels. Guilty pleasure.

  11. It is tough to beat the classic ‘Alas Babylon.’ Though somewhat dated Pat Frank’s imagination and writing skill set the standard for quality survival fiction.

    Another author who is better known for his social commentary than his fiction writing is Jame Howard Kunstler. He is master wordsmith has released two (of four) post collapse novels – ‘The World Made by Hand’ and ‘the Witch of Hebron.’ He unveils what he expects a post mega-calamity society will look like. Perhaps not para-military enough for many who enjoy this genre but well worth the read in my opinion.

    ‘Going Home’ by A. American was an enjoyable read. The story is fast paced and interesting with many unexpected twists. My understanding is he has two more books in the series that I haven’t yet – I’ll remedy that ASAP.

  12. I’ll second what many others have already said. One Second After and Lights Out are among my favorites, but I really lean towards “zombie apocalypse” titles, maybe because I’ve spent my entire life in “Night of the Living Dead” territory (western PA). However, I gravitate towards just about any post-apocalypse/societal collapse fiction. One of my favorites is the “Renewal” series by JF Perkins.

    A lot of “prepper-specific” fiction, however, isn’t so great. Some of them are good stories, like Ray Gorham’s “77 Days in September,” or Cheryl Colley’s “Survivalist by Circumstance” series, but pretty light on genuinely believable scenarios. Others, like most of the Ron Foster books, have some fantastic information woven into the story, but are so poorly edited (or not edited at all) and are such heavy-handed advertisements for other products and books to which the author is connected as to be distracting.

    So me, I’ll mostly stick with the zombies. 🙂

  13. Almost forgot to mention my original favorite apocalypse book, “Lucifer’s Hammer,” by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. The references are a bit dated today, but it is still an epic story.

  14. The Day by Day series, One Second After and Lights Out are some of my favorites. If you like Day By Day Armageddon then you will like the series by D.J. Molles The Remaining

  15. James Wesley, Rawles, series – I like the “How To” fiction books good story and good information. But thanks to you for asking and all who are sharing so I’ll know what to read next!

  16. I liked the Day by Day series a lot. It is probably my favorite ‘current’ survival series.

    My all-time favorite is the ‘Survivalist’ series, by Jerry Ahern. I actually was sporting a chambray shirt, jeans, combat boots, short AR, and a Gerber MKII this past weekend.

    This is a great thread; I am going to get lots of ideas here. When I find a good read, I end up staying awake all night.

  17. Have always enjoyed Swiss Family Robinson and Day of the Triffids since I was a kid and still do (guess they started me off and so I always go and reread them for entertainment value).

    One Second After like others have said, I prefer pure fiction rather than “how to” fiction,as I have a tonne of reference books. Anything that comes up in the fiction that I want to know how to do I then go and research.

    I did enjoy Alas Babylon except for the old attitudes.

  18. I liked the Angela White Life After War Series (LAW).
    Post nuclear war series about a group of people trying to survive and rebuild the country.

  19. I have been an avid reader of survival fiction since high school. In the tenth grade I read “Alas Babylon” and the next year “On the Beach.” Some think that survival novels are new, but just try Heinlines’ “The Tunnel.” They reason I like them is because I’m a “plan for the worst and hope for the best” kind of guy. My Kindle stores about 30 or 40 of these books. There are literally hundreds of issues that even the most committed prepper overlook. Plus, they are very entertaining.

  20. My favorite is Alas Babylon. Over the River and Through the Woods: A story of one family’s survival by Susan Gregersen is a good short story. The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder is another that gets reread often.

    My second tier of favorites include One Second After and Lights Out.

    While I’ve read many survival type books, what I like are those that are well-written and about likable people adapting to survive.


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