10 Survival Novels


The results are in from our poll question of your recommended survival novels.
(See the results for 10 Survival Preparedness Reference Books).

These 10 survival books (novels) received the most votes from our poll results:

One Second After
One man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war, in 1-second, after an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) sends America back to the Dark Ages.

America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse—the stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point.

Going Home
The country’s power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored.

Lights Out
The veneer of civilization is stripped away after the lights go out over most of the free world while one man must unite his family, friends, and neighbors if any of them are to survive.

Lucifer’s Hammer
A gargantuan comet slams into earth causing the destruction of civilization and a new struggle for survival more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known.

EMP – Equipping Modern Patriots
A harrowing story of survival following the destruction of the electric grid and nearly every electronic device in the country.

Alas, Babylon
A nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, civilization is stripped away, but for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning.

Only a handful of individuals are equipped to survive after the America we are accustomed to is no more – stock market plummet, hyperinflation, rioting, looting…

Earth Abides
A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race.

299 Days (Series)
What begins as a return to roots, self-sufficiency and independence, becomes a full blown move to prepare for what may come. From a self-perceived “sheeple” to a full-blown “prepper.”

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  1. Excellent list.

    I would add a novel by an avowed liberal that truly surprised me with his novel A World Made By Hand. James Howard Kunstler is a global warming believing, Hebbert Peak preaching “we’re all going to die if we don’t go back to the 1890’s” guy, but he managed to write a pretty good book about what things would look like in a modern world without electricity on a large scale.

    1. World Made By Hand is a very good book I’ve always thought Kunstler to be more independent than liberal. He is definitely a cranky, sarcastic and entertaining author. Always makes me think, even when I do not agree with him.

  2. I’ve read three on that list. Patriots was a hard start for me…first several chapters read more like a manual than a novel…but, after that, I really enjoyed it. I really enjoyed One Second After…one of my favorites. I’m about half way thru Lights Out, and I’m liking it as well. The one thing I like about Lights Out, is the fact that things take more than 24 hours to really start falling apart. Many other novels I’ve read in this genre seem to have wide spread violence, and shootouts around every corner, within mere hours of the event. Lights Out is a refreshing change from that.

    I’d also recommend Through Many Fires by Kyle Pratt.

  3. Definitely concur with Ancona – the list is great. Survivors has been on my to-read list for quite some time, and just heard of Equipping Modern Patriots patriots so that will be read as well.

    All those novels offer various POVs into what a certain post-event scenario could look like. Its definitely great food for thought, and provides good information to have in one’s library.

    Two books we recently got and love are Brushfire Plague [Volume 1] and its definitely worth reading:

    Brushfire Plague (Volume 1)

    There is also The Survivalist [Frontier Justice].

    Hopefully people interested in this subject choose a few of those books to read/learn since they are bastions of data that should be known to all.

  4. Although not a novel, or fiction, I’ve been reading/rereading the Book of Revelation (The last book of the 66 books of The Bible) over and over.

    There is just so much truth to be hopeful for contained for the Christian in it, that I find it uplifting to no end.

    As a former Pastor, trained in the classic Reformed tradition , I believe that the Church has been in the tribulation for the past 2,000 years and that this period may be coming to a close soon. (Regardless of what color the moon happens to be)

    So look up, praise The Lord, and have a blessed Easter season.


  5. Alas, Babylon. A bit dated, but a good read on a rainy day. Set the standard for all survival novels to come.

  6. I’m shocked that Holding their Own & Apocalypse Law didn’t make the list. If you like this genre, you won’t be disappointed. Zy, you should enjoy Equipping Modern Patriots. I for one will need to go back and finish Patriots. 1/2 way through and Rawles just lost me. Lights out is possibly my favorite. Started reading the second book of Brushfire plague and then saw 2 years ago, that the CDC actually wrote that this scenario could actually happen!

    1. Papa “J”, Those books were indeed captured within the poll results, however they didn’t make the top 10 with regards to number of recommendations from the poll. I too enjoyed ‘Lights out’ as you mentioned – also really enjoyed ‘One Second After’.

  7. Excellent list. I have read most of the titles listed. My favorite is “Lucifer’s Hammer”. Shows how important electricity is to this world and the chaos that results when it is lost.

  8. Gone to Ground by Cheryl Taylor. Read that one twice. Before Obola was brought here. On purpose. This is the plan for you. How they use FEMA camps.

  9. Any/all of Matt Bracken’s novels and short stories. Check them out at his web site: enemiesforeignanddomestic dot com. (Note: I am not associated with Mr. Bracken and have no financial interest in his endeavors.)

    1. Forestar
      Most days i feel like we are living in one of his books, the world is mental

  10. I got a great series for you that is a little different. Clan of the Cave Bear is about survival during cave man days. Written by archeologists. Includes medicine from plants, hunting/trapping, and many other things. If you are really into survivalist mode this is more realistic of skills needed to live. There is nothing better than going a little old school. Ok, be warned they threw in a little romance to widen the audience. I love it for the survival stuff.

  11. BillieB
    I loved that series of books by Jean Auel. It is worth reading, will see if I can locate the hard bound books again to restore my collection.

  12. Eight of the books/series in my audio file.
    I have the physical book Patriots
    Attempting to DL that EMP book as I write this… 1.5gb, huge file.

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