I haven’t read a “survival novel” in quite some time.

Though there was a period when I read quite a lot of them. Some were stand-alone novels while others were a series.

Sometimes I would buy the first one in a series and get caught up in it. Eventually purchasing and reading all of them. Others, not so much.

Today’s survival novel genre is often based on the premise of a devastating EMP where the entire power grid goes down. And the book or series itself is that of the struggles of life afterwards.

I suppose it’s a popular basis because power-grid-down is one of the worst-case scenarios a modern civilization could possibly face. And there’s a wide variety of stories that one might write on the potential follow-on effects.

I’ll never forget the first popular novel of its type that I read many years ago shortly after it was introduced in 2011.

“One Second After” by William Forstchen
(view on amzn)

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It still remains the most well reviewed novel of its genre on Amazon. A classic in that regard. A real eye-opener as to how bad it could become following such an event.

“A post-apocalyptic thriller of the after effects in the United States after a terrifying terrorist attack using electromagnetic pulse weapons.”

A few other popular survival novels are listed here (from a poll that we did 5 years ago),

“10 Survival Novels”

But like I said, I haven’t read any in awhile. Probably due to a sort of ‘burn out’ after having read quite a few back then.

I know that there are lots more authors writing survival novel books these days. And many of the established authors continue to write.

So I’m in the mood to pick up another one. But before I do, I’m curious if any of you have read a recent survival novel. And if you did, was it any good?