I’ve said this before, but I’m a sucker for survival fiction. The blog has been kinda heavy lately, so I want to lighten things up a bit today and talk about some of the books and stories that I have enjoyed.
One Second After
A book by William Forstchen, One Second After looks at a scenario involving an EMP hitting the United States, and how it impacts a small town. A well written book, One Second After touches on some of the problems and challenges we might face in a world where technology as we know it is unavailable.
Fair warning, there are some a few pretty tough issues, but overall, this is a great book and highly recommended. This is the book I hand to people I want to provide that ‘nudge’ into preparedness. It’s “out there” enough that it isn’t completely obvious, but it’s still realistic and viable enough that it tends to make you think. A great gift for people who are reluctant about prepping.
Written by David Crawford, Lights Out started out as an Internet story, and there have been a number of different versions floating around the Internet for quite a while. David recently published a physical book which you can get from Amazon and it is another good buy.
Also an EMP scenario, Lights Out is set in Texas, and follows the trials and tribulations of a small subdivision after it becomes clear that the lights aren’t coming back on anytime soon. A good complement to the scenario in One Second After, Lights Out doesn’t rehash the same stuff, instead covering some good new stuff.
Definitely a recommended read, it’s a doozy of a book at just short of 600 pages with pretty darn small print. But it’s a book that is hard to put down. In particular, it shines a light on some areas that many preppers fall down on, such as group organization, logistics, and security. Go get it today!
The Deep Winter Series
Set primarily in Spokane, WA, I loved this series based on the setting alone. The disaster scenario is all too plausible, being triggered initially by an earthquake caused by Mount Rainier blowing her top, followed by some opportunistic attacks by foreign enemies.
Like Lights Out, these books are a bit more gritty than some and started off on the Internet. I don’t want to go into too much detail on this one, but it’s a very broad series of events that comes across all too plausible. The series follows the Drummond family as they try to thrive in the new reality they find themselves in.
You’ll love this series. They’re kinda pricey because they’re not a mass run, but the Kindle version isn’t all that bad.
Is That All?
Are there more great survival fiction books out there? Absolutely. But these three works are my favorites at the moment. I hope you check them out! Let me know in the comments what your favorite books are!
One last note … one of your fellow readers, Steve Haynes, has written a book called ‘Canyon City Cataclysm‘ that is available for Kindle. I haven’t read it yet, but it’s on the list, and I thought I’d give him a plug. Check it out!