10 Post-Apocalyptic Survival Books: Trying to Survive an Apocalyptic Future

Post-apocalypse and survival combine into a sub-genre called Post-Apocalyptic survival in which survival is placed in a future of devastation. There is a massive following for this subgenre through media like books and movies. So, here are 10 of the best Post-Apocalyptic Survival books out there right now!

Post-Apocalyptic Survival Books

The Fireman by Joe Hill

Set in a world where a deadly spore called Dragonscale causes a pandemic, those infected bear black and gold markings and often burst into flames. The story follows a pregnant nurse navigating this dangerous world, seeking refuge, and attempting to survive amidst the chaos. Joe Hill’s writing weaves a gripping tale of suspense, survival, and the human spirit.

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Post-Apocalyptic Survival Books

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

In this novel, readers follow Hig, a pilot, and his dog as they navigate a post-apocalyptic world. Facing loneliness and loss, Hig searches for purpose and connection while dealing with the challenges of survival. Heller’s prose captures the solitude and introspection of a man trying to find meaning in a changed world.

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Post-Apocalyptic Survival Books

Zone One by Colson Whitehead

Whitehead’s book is set in a world recovering from a zombie apocalypse. The story follows a “sweeper” tasked with clearing the undead from lower Manhattan as the government attempts to rebuild society. This literary take on the zombie genre explores themes of trauma, survival, and the struggle to reclaim a sense of normalcy in a world forever altered.

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Post-Apocalyptic Survival Books

The Reapers Are the Angels by Alden Bell

Set in a world overrun by zombies, the novel follows the journey of a young girl named Temple. Navigating a dangerous landscape filled with both the undead and other survivors, Temple seeks safety and meaning in a world where humanity has collapsed. Alden Bell’s novel explores the human condition and resilience in the face of overwhelming adversity.

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Post-Apocalyptic Survival Books

The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison

Meg Elison’s book is set in a world where a plague has decimated the female population. The protagonist, known as the Unnamed Midwife, survives in a dangerous landscape while trying to bring hope to the future. The novel delves into themes of gender, survival, and the pursuit of hope amid societal collapse.

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Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

The first book in the MaddAddam trilogy, Atwood’s novel explores a dystopian world shaped by genetic engineering and corporate greed. Following the journey of a man named Snowman in the aftermath of a global catastrophe, the book delves into themes of morality, scientific ethics, and the consequences of unchecked technological advancement.

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Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton

The novel follows two characters, an astronomer in the Arctic and an astronaut returning from a mission, as they grapple with the isolation and uncertainties of a world facing an unspecified apocalypse. Lily Brooks-Dalton’s narrative explores human connection, existential questions, and the emotional landscapes of individuals in a world on the brink.

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The Girl With No Name by Diney Costeloe

Set in a post-apocalyptic world where a virus wipes out most of the population, this novel explores the journey of a young girl named Belle. Left orphaned, Belle navigates the challenges of survival and seeks a new family amid chaos. Diney Costeloe’s storytelling captures the resilience and adaptability of the human spirit.

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California by Edan Lepucki

Lepucki’s novel is set in a future where society has collapsed, and a couple struggles to survive in the wilderness. Encountering a mysterious community, they must navigate the challenges of trust and survival in this new and uncertain world. The book explores themes of human relationships, trust, and the impact of societal breakdown on individuals.

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The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones

In a future America divided between protected areas and dangerous regions infested with deadly ticks, the novel follows a group of individuals who venture beyond the safety of the Salt Line. Facing threats and uncovering secrets, the characters navigate a world where danger lurks at every turn. Holly Goddard Jones weaves a tale of suspense and exploration in a dystopian landscape.

Buy The Salt Line here!

Have you read any of the books listed? What is your favourite Post-Apocalyptic survival novel? We’d love to hear from you.

Other things you might want to know:

What is the genre of post-apocalyptic survival?

A sub-genre of Science Fiction.

What is the difference between apocalypse and post apocalypse?

If the disaster or catastrophe occurs during the story, then the novel is termed apocalyptic. If the event has already happened, it is post-apocalyptic.

What are end of world books called?

Apocalyptic fiction.

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