Prepping takes plenty of forethought and planning. Unfortunately, we can’t be certain about what we’re planning for. Are we prepping for EMP? Pandemic? Economic collapse? Catastrophic natural disaster? There are many possibilities, and lots to think about. That’s where prepper fiction comes in handy. Good prepper fiction presents a wide variety of SHTF, post-apocalyptic, and TEOTWAWKI scenarios that give your brain something to chew on, and offer solutions to problems you may not have thought of yet.

Your brain is your biggest prepping tool. Use it. Prepper fiction is available in all formats; printed books, ebooks, and audio books. I love to read. But honestly I don’t have that much time to read print books anymore. So, I have switched to Audible books. During my commute to and from work I listen to prepper fiction books, which makes my drive feel like it takes less time.

Here is a list of the best prepper fiction books I have found so far, grouped by author:

William R. Forstchen writes about the after affects of an EMP. His brutal writing will scare you with the dark truth. Probably the best post apocalyptic books out there.

  1. One Second After
  2. One Year After
  3. The Final Day

A. American writes my favorite EMP attack survival series of books. This is the story of a well prepared prepper, who survives together with a good group of people after. The character details, make these books great! Really enjoyed all of the Survivalist Series.

  1. Going Home
  2. Surviving Home
  3. Escaping Home
  4. Forsaking Home
  5. Resurrecting Home
  6. Enforcing Home
  7. Avenging Home
  8. Home Invasion
  9. Conflicted Home
  10. Home Coming

Bobby Andrews really surprised me with his series. The story started out really slow. But as you get into the story, you really wish the books were a little longer. You follow the adventures of three couples who have prepped together. Do they have what it takes to survive the disasters? You have to read to find out. Some really informative content here. Great survival books.

  1. Prepper’s Crucible: An Arizona Tale – Omnibus Complete, Parts 1-6

A.R. Shaw writes a thrilling tale about the survivors of a global pandemic. Over 90% of the worlds population is wiped out in a mater of weeks. The ones that live have a natural immunity to the virus. Graham the main character leads a small group of people into the mountains to figure out how to survive. What they didn’t think they would encounter was a large group of preppers who were prepared for the virus.

  1. Graham’s Resolution: The China Pandemic
  2. Graham’s Resolution: The Cascade Preppers
  3. Graham’s Resolution: The Last Infidels
  4. Graham’s Resolution: The Malefic Nation
  5. Graham’s Resolution: The Bitter Earth

Hugh Howey writes a story of people who survived a pandemic by living in a specially constructed hundred story bunker underground. Truly an original story and amazing character building in this series.

  1. Wool
  2. Shift
  3. Dust

David Brin writes a story of life way after a nuclear war. If you have seen the movie based off of the book, staring Keven Costner, try to erase it from your brain. The book is nothing like the movie. This book is amazing.

  1. The Postman

Pat Frank writes probably the first post apocalypse book. I remember being forced to read this book in high school and hating it. After reading it as an adult, I can’t imagine not liking it. Great story and great writing. The whole family listened to the Alas Babylon audiobook.

  1. Alas, Babylon

Matthew Mather writes a really interesting book about cyber terrorism. Imagine if the electric and water utilities were destroyed remotely in a series of cyber attacks. Plus the time of the attacks is just before Christmas and major snow storms. Also the main character lives on Manhattan Island. What you end up with is a huge mess. Wonderful book.

  1. CyberStorm
  2. Darknet

Bruce “Buckshot” Hemming and Sara Freeman write a series of books. Each from the perspective of different preppers. All of them find that they are not as prepared as they could have been. Fun books.

  1. Grid Down Reality Bites: Volume 1 Part 1
  2. Grid Down Reality Bites: Volume 1 Part 2
  3. Grid Down Reality Bites: Volume 1 Part 3

I’m used to reading EMP and pandemic post-apocalyptic books. But Steven Bird tells a story of a coordinated attack on the United States infrastructure and cities from Islamic Terrorists (or so they thought) that isn’t hard to believe. Well written and great characters.

  1. The Last Layover: The New Homefront, Volume 1
  2. The Guardians: The New Homefront, Volume 2
  3. The Blue Ridge Resistance: The New Homefront, Volume 3
  4. The Resolution: The New Homefront, Volume 4
  5. Viking One: The New Homefront, Volume 5

The Shepherd is a second series that Steven Bird tells about former Sheriff Jessie Townsend as he and his family seek shelter from a crumbling world on a homestead deep in the Rocky Mountains. Then everyone of their dreams fall apart.

  1. The Shepherd: Society Lost: Volume One
  2. Betrayal: Society Lost, Volume Two
  3. The Tree of Penance: Society Lost, Volume Three
  4. Them: Society Lost, Volume Four

David Nees writes a good story about one man trying to figure out what to do after an EMP attack. Striking out on his own, Jason (the main character) finds that life is difficult by himself. Finally finds that to be happy you need a family.

  1. After the Fall: Jason’s Tale
  2. Uprising: Book 2 in the After the Fall Series
  3. Catherine’s Tale, Part 1: After the Fall, Book 2
  4. Catherine’s Tale, Part 2: After the Fall, Book 3

Dr. Arthur Bradley writes an addictive story. When a super virus devastates the world, people struggle to survive. Mason a U.S. Marshall was safely away from the population on a three week fishing trip that saved his life. When he heads into town there is nothing left but dead bodies and criminals roaming the streets.

  1. The Survivalist (Frontier Justice)