6 Post Apocalyptic Books You Haven’t Read

James Walton James Walton  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
6 Post Apocalyptic Books You Haven’t Read

Even as a child the end of it all captivated me. It’s hard to pinpoint where it came from. It could have been the Terminator, Predator or maybe it was X Men: The Animated Series. It all led me to post-apocalyptic books.

The obsession with things like UFOs and asteroid impact came soon after.

The interesting thing about all of this was that I understood the odds were stacked against these events actually coming to fruition. That must have been what kept me out of prepping for so long. Still, I spent many hours in my youth either watching or reading about the end of the world as we know it.

My mother later introduced me to Dean Koontz and my father taught me about H.G Wells. This was another strange journey in and of itself.

Through the years I have read some great books about collapse and the aftermath. These stories were piloted by powerful and thoughtful authors. This is likely what led me to write for a living.

It wasn’t that I was interested in crafting the English language but more the profound effect that words and pictures could have a human being.

The Children of Men
P.D James

We are 1 1/2 years away from the setting of this post-apocalyptic fiction novel. The Children of Men is based around an interesting idea that is strangely in the news pretty often.

Infertility in the human race.

While this story is undoubtedly focused on the fact that the people of the UK cannot reproduce anymore, it all stems from a ruthless dictatorship that was allowed to prevail because of a public who no longer cared about politics.

This is another great book that features the first-person journal writing. There is something about the intimate thoughts of a first-person view that really works with the post-apocalyptic narrative

The Taking
Dean Koontz

Dean is a master of suspenseful, perverted, horror. His early works were just as sick as they come. Though as of late he has kind of leveled off a bit.

The Taking was a bit of a departure from his style. This book centers around a woman waking up amidst a terraforming event that is presumably alien in origin.

The very world is changing around them and there is “Something heavy” above them. So far away they cannot see it but so large they can feel it. Its an astounding look at the end of it all and one that I never hear people talk about.

The Last Man
Mary Shelley

From 1826, The Last Man is easily the oldest post-apocalyptic book on our list.

This is a very interesting book that takes bold leaps into the future. It falls a little short as the year 2073 is pretty reminiscent of the 1820’s.

The story is centered around a political power struggle but soon introduces the plague that is spreading through Europe and the Americas. It gets much worse from then on.

If you want a taste of the end times that is nearly 200 years old this book by Mary Shelley is worth the read.

The Time Machine
H.G Wells

Look, I know you read it but it was probably in 6th grade! The time has come to revisit this classic and one of the most dynamic dystopian civilizations in print form.

The Traveler visits the year 800,000 AD and meets two very different groups of beings. As you struggle to understand the relationship between the Eloi and the Morlocks you are taken by The Traveler around this new world.

For me, there was nothing more exciting than reading about The Traveler as he forged beyond 800,000 AD and further into the future.

The Scavenger
By Sean Mclaughclan

This post-apocalyptic novelette is just 10,000 words but its a deep dive into the world following the great collapse.

Not only is The Scavenger an in-depth look at the setting and personalities that might exist in a dystopian scenario, but it was also an incredible marketing ploy! This book was released as a lead into the author’s Toxic World series.

The story follows Leon who is an inhabitant of this devastated landscape. While Leon’s story will not make any Top 10 lists for post-apocalyptic fiction, I enjoyed the focus as a fan of this type of content.

There are also some unique enemies that are not quite zombie but add another layer to Leon’s struggles.

V for Vendetta
Alan Moore

This is a post-apocalyptic graphic novel. If you look to post-apocalyptic books to stir this part of you, well, graphic novels are just as effective.

Instead of a post-apocalyptic wasteland, this story centers around a hard, religious, right-wing fascist dictatorship. The leadership disappears those who dissent. There is a curfew and the news and food supply are both manipulated by the government.

V, the hero of the story, is a terrorist fighting against this radical fascist dictatorship. He rescues a woman named Eve and the plot thickens substantially from that moment on.


It’s not a prerequisite that you must partake in post-apocalyptic fiction to be effective in disaster preparedness. I feel pretty certain that it helps motivate. I always look at it as wargaming!

However, if you are as much a fan of the genre as you are of the action of prepping itself, you will enjoy every book on this list.

Do take some time to jettison from this world and into one of post-apocalyptic fiction. There is a lot of fun, and often learning, within the pages. Just don’t fall under the siren’s spell.

Jordan Smith, the host of A Family Affair on The Prepper Broadcasting Network, says it best: Prepare for your family, not your fantasy.

What is your favorite post-apocalyptic novel and why?

James Walton writes and podcasts at The Prepper Broadcasting Network.

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9 Responses to “6 Post Apocalyptic Books You Haven’t Read”

  1. Some good books on your list. “The Road” is a very good read, also. One of my favorites is “The Day of the Triffids”.., one of the first successful selling books on an apocalypse and “On the Beach” – which was made into a movie [Gregory Peck] but the book is much better – it is one of the few end-of-world books that actually does end with the complete destruction of all mankind.

  2. ‘EMP Los Angeles’ by Frank LaFlamme is a very good one which gets far too little attention. LaFlamme is a retired LA County Sheriff’s deputy, who worked homicide, gangs, and was on the disaster response team at the old Firestone Station, which is about as rough an area as the US has.

    His story covers a Sheriff’s deputy who was on his way to work when an EMP hit, his wife and child at home while he walks fifty miles through collapsing LA, and some of his coworkers caught at the station..

    LaFlamme knows both prepping and the streets, and it shows. His depictions of how people react to breakdown and violence is based on decades of street experience, and is far more realistic than most of the more popular books.

    Well worth reading.

  3. I’ve read post-apocalyptic books since I was a child (I’m 63 years old now) My oldest favorite is called The HAB Theory. It’s out print, you would have to frequent used book stores to find a copy. I’ve never read another with the same disaster theme; the top heavy poles flip to the equator and the rotation of the earth is changed. Alas Babylon, the One Second After series, The Patriots series (by Rawls), and Earth Abides are some that rise to the top of my memories.

  4. Thanks for the recommendations! Alas Babylon and The Stand are two of my favorites, read long before my prepping journey began in earnest. Whitley Strieber and Jim Kunetka wrote another good one, I believe it is called Warday or something similar. Also look at Steve Konkoly, he’s got some good post apoc fiction as does LL Akers. I could go on and on LOL. I’ve found some good stuff in the YA category as well. My criteria for good post apoc fiction? The writing has to be good of course, but I want to also learn something. All the books I’ve mentioned have interesting tidbits of knowledge in them.

  5. “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy has a unique storytelling style that I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s much deeper than the movie and one I’d put at the top of the 20 or so dystopian novels I’ve read. Agree with the “One Second After” also by William Forstchen.

  6. Thanks for some I haven’t heard of, looks like some good late summer reading! A unique Post Apocalyptic novel is Lords Of The Psychon by Daniel F. Galouye. Nuclear war complicated by alien invasion and a bunch of people who just can’t get along. Search places like Amazon for used copies, been out of print for ages.

  7. I really enjoyed the “Going Home” series by A. American. The scenarios were fictional yet realistic.

  8. I have got the movie and I have seen the movie V for Vendetta. I loved it
    Children of Men, I have seen the movie numerous times and it is very thought provoking.

    There are also a series of Books titled ” One second after”
    If you look on Amazon or else where you can find other books that focus on human survival after a disaster, both man made, natural, or something else causing it.

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