5 Novels to Prepare for the Apocalypse

By Jennifer McClelland-Smith

Natural disasters. Civil unrest. Nuclear proliferation. As we enter the long, cold winter, it’s hard not to feel like we’re waiting on the end of the world. It’s a perfect time to dive into some blood-pumping reads as we wait for the apocalypse to come!


48 Hours by William R. Forstchen
William R. Forstchen cements his place as a master of apocalyptic fiction in 48 Hours. In this prescient thriller, a group of everyday Americans, as well as the president himself, plan for a Coronal Mass Ejection, a solar storm with the potential to wipe out the world’s electrical infrastructure. This nail-biter will have you asking could this happen to us?


One Second After by William R. Forstchen
Forstchen struck a chord with this New York Times bestseller. One Second After is so terrifyingly real, it was cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read. How does one man in small-town North Carolina survive and keep his family safe after America is sent back to the dark ages by an Electro Magnetic Pulse?


Without Mercy by Col. David Hunt & R.J. Piniero
ISIS has detonated two nuclear weapons at the start of this absolutely chilling read. The hunt is on when it becomes clear a third one is on the way from the rogue terrorist group. Col. David Hunt & R.J. Piniero bring this all-too-real scenario to life in this read that is both meticulously researched and chock full of action.


The Burning Light by Bradley P. Beaulieu and Rob Ziegler
New York City is a flooded relic. The streets run rampant with zombie-like users of a mysterious force called The Light. It’s up to one disgraced former government operative to save humanity from a horrible fate. This action-packed novella zips at lightning speed with a sci-fi edge that makes it impossible to put down.


All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
Laurence is a brilliant engineer leading a group saving the world with technology. Patricia and her coterie of fellow witches are healing the world with secret magic. When circumstances beyond their control bring them together, sparks fly in more ways than one. An apocalyptic novel to be sure, but also funny and literary with a tinge of magical realism.