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Three Survival Fiction Books You Should Read

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.

Lights Out

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

This isn’t a single book, but is a series of three books written by Tom Sherry. The books are called ‘Deep Winter‘, ‘Shatter‘, and ‘Remnant‘. A fourth book is currently in the works.

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!

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18 Responses to Three Survival Fiction Books You Should Read

  1. I read One Second After(excellent), Lights Out(pretty good) and Patriots(not so good). I will check out Deep Winter.

  2. Just finished Lights Out. I never devoured 600 pages so quickly! I felt like I was living in Silver Hills! I haven’t read One Second After because I’m not sure I’m ready to take that scenario on just yet. Interested to see about the Deep Winter series. Thanks for the reviews and suggestions.

  3. I just finished reading “One Second After” – will read the others in short time – makes you think. We think we are prepared for mostly anything that will come our way – but darn it – there is always something we forgot to get, do or practice. We will keep preping.

  4. Hey Rudy,

    Thanks for the plug. I’ve read both “One Second After” and “Lights Out” but not “Deep Winter.” It will be a while before I get to read anything like a novel so that I can keep concentrating on “Rock of Ages,” my next book due out at the end of the year.

  5. I can’t recommend the Deep Winter series highly enough. Each is a well written novel that moves quickly through realistic scenarios while providing a great deal of food for thought and hints/tips for beginning preppers. I found this to be much better written and engaging than either of other novels listed here. This will be a book you’ll return to multiple times, each time gleaning something new.

  6. I have read One Second After – good read. Lights Out I am reading now – and so far I love it although it is LONG.

    I have never heard of The Deep Winter series – will have to check it out.


  7. One other book I read recently, based on a very different scenario, is “Life As We Knew It” by Susan Beth Pfeffer. The story is told through the diary entries of a 16 year-old girl as she and her family and community suffer from the aftereffects of a cataclysmic geological event — a shift in the moon’s orbit from a major asteroid impact (just bear with the author here, and focus on the lives of the people dealing with it).

    As with “One Second After,” you’ll be rushing to fill your pantry after you read this book. Also, I found it interesting that the author appears to be a non-conservative non-Christian (based on comments and actions by key characters), which is VERY different from most other authors in the survivalist fiction genre. Although it was sometimes annoying, it was at the same time refreshing to see that all types of folks are starting to realize how fragile modern society really is and that muddled thinking and indecisiveness can get you and your family killed.

    So although I really loved “Lights Out” and “One Second After” and a host of other books like “Alas, Babylon” and even “Mila 18” by Leon Uris (look it up!), “Life As We Knew It” was a great read and I highly recommend it.

  8. An old ‘classic worth the read would be Alas, Babylon, by Pat Frank…. It takes place in the 1950’s and suggests the very basics of what is needed for survival in alot of areanas. (for one thing, I’d forgotten how important salt can be!) This makes a good read for young teens and older.. maybe a good family book to discuss…

  9. I have read “One Second After”, Alas, Babylon” (classics, both awesome reads and very well written) as well as “The Life We Knew It” series which was also very good. I have not read “The Lights Out” or the “Deep Winter” seriers but they’re next on my list now. How about “Into The Forest” by Jean Hegland? I’m pretty sure it falls into the category as well. Setting is a family situated in a remote wooded area. I haven’t read it in a while but I think the main contributor to the demise of society is economic decline. Then there’s “Lucifer’s Hammer” by Larry Niven. This one stems from a cosmic event (can’t remember if it was an asteroid chunk or a meteor) striking the earth. This is a bit older, maybe the 70’s or 80’s and is up there with “Alas Babylon” and “One Second After” in terms of originality and an overall a good write. A lot of books of the post-apocalyptic genre center around a plague or zombie event. I would just say that even if your not a fan of zombies, don’t count a lot of those books out, the right ones are surprisingly well written and will satisfied your end-of-the-world-disaster-story needs!

    • It was a comet, and yes, Lucifers Hammer is quite enjoyable!

      Don’t even get me started on Zombie books/movies/etc … they’re one of my guilty pleasures. I think I might even have my wife somewhat hooked on them too 😉

  10. Havent read those (Yet!), but I’ve read “Last light” and “Afterlight” by Alex Scarrow. Great books! Set in England you follow a family and they’re battle for survival when civil/relegious war breaks out in the middleeast and “terrorist groups” destroy the largest oil refineries in the world in a coordinated attack. Afterlight is set about 10 years later… Don’t want to tell to much about them but its great reading! Enjoy!

  11. Preppers Road March

    Product Description
    A solar storm has just hit the world causing a EMP event. A emergency manager visiting Atlanta GA must find his way back home after this electromagnetic pulse has stranded him away from his vehicle and his beloved “bug out bag”. With 180 miles to go to his destination, David must let his street smarts and survival skills kick in as food and water becomes scarce and societal breakdown proceeds at an unrelenting pace. An interesting and often funny cast of characters from the Deep South helps the displaced Prepper on his way, as he shares his knowledge of how to make do with common items in order to live another day. Ultimately, he acquires an old tractor and heads for home on a car-littered interstate. This is book one of the Prepper Trilogy.

  12. ‘A World Made By Hand’ is an excellent story of what it’s like years after TSHTF. Gives one pause as to what to prepare for.

    • A World Made By Hand is what got me thinking again about “prepping”. Lived off-grid for 10 years and back on for the past 11. Not sure what will happen be it manmade, economic or natural, but can’t help feeling, like so many others, that something is in the air. Hoping for the best, planning for the worse. Very interested in reading the novels cited in this post. Thanks.

  13. Just finished “Holding Their Own” by Joe Noboby and started the sequel – “HTW II, The Independents” – looks good so far…

    Lights Out and One Second After were great.