There are many ways that the world could end, and I’m personally prepping for a few of them. This post is meant to be a “fun” guide to some of the best apoc/post apocalyptic books that I’ve read.
FYI, this list is a mix of the classics and some lesser known Indie authors…
- World War Z by Max Brooks
- Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven
- Dark Recollections: Adrian’s Undead Diary
- The Stand by Stephen King
- The Remaining by D.J. Molles
- Wool by Hugh Howey
- I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
- Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
- The Strain by Guillermo del Toro
- A Canticle For Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
- Swan Song by Robert M. McCammon
- Critical Dawn by Darren Wearmouth & Colin F. Barnes
- Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- The End by G. Michael Hopf
- The Infection by Craig Dilouie
- The Mountain And The City by Brian Martinez
- One Second After by William R. Forstchen
- Holding Their Own by Joe Nobody
- Indian Hill: A Michael Talbot Adventure by Mark Tufo
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- Ex-Heroes by Peter Cline
- The Old Man And The Wasteland by Nick Cole
- A New World: Chaos by John O’Brien
- Suffer The Children by Craig Dilouie
- The Walk by Lee Goldberg
#25 The Walk by Lee Goldberg
It’s one minute after the Big One. Marty Slack, a TV network executive, crawls out from under his Mercedes, parked outside what once was a downtown Los Angeles warehouse, the location for a new TV show. Downtown LA is in ruins. The sky is thick with black smoke. His cell phone is dead. The freeways are rubble. The airport is demolished. Buildings lay across streets like fallen trees. It will be days before help can arrive.
Marty has been expecting this day all his life. He’s prepared. In his car are a pair of sturdy walking shoes and a backpack of food, water, and supplies. He knows there is only one thing he can do … that he must do: get home to his wife Beth, go back to their gated community on the far edge of the San Fernando Valley.
All he has to do is walk. But he will quickly learn that it’s not that easy. His dangerous, unpredictable journey home will take him through the different worlds of what was once Los Angeles. Wildfires rage out of control. Flood waters burst through collapsed dams. Natural gas explosions consume neighborhoods. Sinkholes swallow entire buildings. After-shocks rip apart the ground. Looters rampage through the streets.
There’s no power. No running water. No order.
Marty Slack thinks he’s prepared. He’s wrong. Nothing can prepare him for this ordeal, a quest for his family and for his soul, a journey that will test the limits of his endurance and his humanity, a trek from the man he was to the man he can be … if he can survive The Walk.
#24 Suffer The Children by Craig Dilouie
One day, the children die. Three days later, they come back.
And ask for blood.
With blood, they stop being dead. They become the children they once were.
But only for a short time.
Too soon, they die again. And need more blood to live …
The average body holds ten pints of blood.
How far would you go for someone you love?
#23 A New World Chaos by John O’Brien
There is no sanctuary. That was taken away in the blink of an eye. Humanity went out not with a whimper, but a bang.
Jack, a sometimes humorous, sometimes philosophical ex-special operations pilot and soldier is one of the few left to struggle through the desolation left in the aftermath; seeking to survive as a new ferocious species emerges from the rubble, hungry and unrelenting.
Will his special forces training be enough? Will he be able to keep his children safe and guide the few survivors through perils that now roam the world they once knew?
Or will the hordes that now own the night prevail, forever removing the last of mankind from existence?
#22 The Old Man And The Wasteland by Nick Cole
Part Hemingway, part Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, a suspenseful odyssey into the dark heart of the post-apocalyptic American Southwest.
Forty years after the destruction of civilization, human beings are reduced to salvaging the ruins of a broken world. One survivor’s most prized possession is Hemingway’s classic The Old Man and the Sea.
With the words of the novel echoing across the wasteland, a living victim of the Nuclear Holocaust journeys into the unknown to break a curse.
#21 EX-Heroes by Peter Clines
Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes, using their superhuman abilities to make Los Angeles a better place.
Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Billions died, civilization fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland.
Now, a year later, the Mighty Dragon and his companions protect a last few thousand survivors in their film-studio-turned-fortress, the Mount. Scarred and traumatized by the horrors they’ve endured, the heroes fight the armies of ravenous ex-humans at their citadel’s gates, lead teams out to scavenge for supplies—and struggle to be the symbols of strength and hope the survivors so desperately need.
But the hungry ex-humans aren’t the only threats the heroes face. Former allies, their powers and psyches hideously twisted, lurk in the city’s ruins. And just a few miles away, another group is slowly amassing power . . . led by an enemy with the most terrifying ability of all.