10 Best Survival Books (Fiction)
the Fire: An advanced EMP takes out all electronics
and even disables gun powder, sending America into the Iron Age
where previous strangers must band together for survival. Excellent
storytelling and characters who work to rebuild tribal civilizations
and defend themselves. This is the first book in a series of eight
that evolve into a post-modern Game of Thrones.
Out: An EMP hits America and a small group of unprepared
office workers organize their community for survival. The story
is an enjoyable ride following the main characters through vital
decisions and heroic bravery. They have a healthy skepticism of
the government and propaganda following the attack which allows
them to adopt a plan to be self-sufficient. Much can be gained from
the many realistic survival situations and circumstances that play
out in this story.
Hammer: A new comet is heading to Earth and is not anticipated
to hit. However, a newsman works with NASA to promote the discovery
to gain more funding to explore the comet. While doing so people
begin to fear that the comet will actually hit, which it does. Some
are prepared and others must band together and organize to survive.
But no one was quite ready to handle the barrage of tsunamis, wild
storms, and the creeping ice age. Solid practical survival information,
but it's also a compelling story.
Postman: The Postman is a classic that was made into
a lackluster movie. The post-apocalyptic setting is 16 years after
the Doomwar that brought nuclear devastation and various forms of
dangerous bandits. The story follows a loner, Gordon, who is a wanderer
in search of some shred of hope that humanity can live in peace.
By luck and circumstance he casts himself in the role of a leader
trying to re-establish the US Mail to give hope to surviving villages.
Wonderful read, but somewhat lacking in practical survival advice.
Second After: An EMP hits a totally unprepared America.
The story focuses on a small town in North Carolina struggling to
survive and weigh life and death. Good storytelling and a believable
account of what would unfold in this scenario. This book contains
some good practical survival advice while also being an enjoyable
read, but it relies heavily on the government ultimately coming
to the rescue. That may be the only unrealistic aspect to this novel.
Days in September: An EMP terrorist attack hits the
continental Unites States stranding the main character 1500 miles
from his wife and children.
The book is
a narrow tale of his journey to walk from Texas to Montana to get
to his family. Scattered throughout is a general idea of how society
would break down after such an event, but little in the way of practical
is also unabashedly trusting of the government's official version
of events and optimistically hopes for the federal savior to come.
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