The best books about apocalyptic events and surviving in confinement

Christopher Joubert Author Of Briskwood Blood Rain
By Christopher Joubert

Who am I?

Apocalyptic novels have always been a favorite genre of mine. It’s interesting seeing the lengths that people will go through to survive when all factors are stacked against them. The list of novels below is some of the many great reads that opened my eyes to this genre. The characters in these novels are oftentimes faced with challenges that seem impossible to the reader but are left feeling so fulfilled after seeing a character complete the difficult tasks. I hope you enjoy the books on this list as much as I have!


I wrote...

Briskwood Blood Rain

By Christopher Joubert,

Book cover of Briskwood Blood Rain

What is my book about?

When Miles Parker walks into one of his final classes of high school, the only thing on his mind is how poorly he is about to do on a Literature quiz he didn’t study for. Then, his teacher dies – and vanishes – in front of him. He thinks his day can’t get any stranger. He’s wrong. 

When severe weather roars into the small city of Briskwood and school is canceled for the rest of the day, Miles thinks nothing of it. Then, the rain suddenly turns red and mutates people into yellow-eyed, spike-covered creatures, hell-bent on terrorizing anything that moves. With the blood rain cutting off access to many necessary resources, Miles must use his limited supplies to fight an enemy that is much stronger than he is. 

The books I picked & why

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Gone

By Michael Grant,

Book cover of Gone

Why this book?

This is the book that inspired me to begin my journey as an author. My grandmother purchased this novel for me as a birthday present in middle school and I instantly fell in love with the series that spans nine novels.

Michael Grant’s story of a group of young adults and children trapped inside a dome without any adult supervision is a triumphant, but heartbreaking masterpiece. The trials and tribulations of the FAYZ will keep readers on the edge of their seats the entire time.

This novel showed me the importance of painting a picture for my readers. When writing my own novel, I felt the presence of Gone flowing within me as I came up with descriptions for my own terrifying apocalyptic event.

Gone

By Michael Grant,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Gone as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Welcome to the FAYZ! The first book in the bestselling cult YA thriller series GONE that Stephen King calls a 'driving, torrential narrative'.

In the blink of an eye all the adults disappear in a small town in southern California and no one knows why.

Cut off from the outside world, those that are left are trapped, and there's no help on the way. Sam Temple and his friends must do all they can to survive. Chaos rules the streets. Gangs begin to form. Sides are chosen - strong or weak. Cruel or humane.

And then there are those who…


Ashfall

By Mike Mullin,

Book cover of Ashfall

Why this book?

This is one of the novels I read in high school that stuck with me. Mike Mullin’s Ashfall is a story about a supervolcano that erupts and causes unimaginable terror and chaos for a vast amount of the population. The unfortunate event that takes place in this novel opened my eyes to the power of Mother Nature. My own novel centers around an apocalyptic rain event; Ashfall is comparable to my own book in a way that shows how quickly Mother Nature can become deadly when angered.

Ashfall

By Mike Mullin,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Ashfall as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Many visitors to Yellowstone National Park don't realize that the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying supervolcano, so large that the caldera can only be seen by plane or satellite. And by some scientific measurements, it could be overdue for an eruption. For Alex, being left alone for the weekend means having the freedom to play computer games and hang out with his friends without hassle from his mother. Then the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plunging his hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence. Alex begins a harrowing trek to seach for his family…


The Marbury Lens

By Andrew Smith,

Book cover of The Marbury Lens

Why this book?

The Marbury Lens is one of the most terrifying books I’ve ever read. Andrew Smith created the world of Marbury in such a way that stuck with me years after reading it. It teaches readers not to easily trust people and that one wrong decision can lead to a downward spiral into insanity. The apocalyptic wasteland of Marbury was vividly brought to life in all of its morbid glory. The creatures in this novel were grotesque and horrifying. I’d like to see them go head to head with the villains in my novel, the threaders.

The Marbury Lens

By Andrew Smith,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Marbury Lens as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A 16-year-old boy who escapes a kidnapper thinks he can forget his trauma, but instead, he loses his grip on reality and believes he's part of an alternate world called Marbury.

Sixteen-year-old Jack gets drunk and is in the wrong place at the wrong time. He is kidnapped. He escapes, narrowly. The only person he tells is his best friend, Conner. When they arrive in London as planned for summer break, a stranger hands Jack a pair of glasses. Through the lenses, he sees another world called Marbury.

There is war in Marbury. It is a desolate and murderous place…


Dark Inside

By Jeyn Roberts,

Book cover of Dark Inside

Why this book?

Dark Inside centers around a series of powerful earthquakes that shake every continent on Earth and awakens a supernatural inner rage within people. The concept of this novel is incredibly fascinating and is another novel that shows the power of Mother Nature - with a twist. After the earthquakes, the world descends into a hellish landscape that, at times, eerily mirrors events that have taken place in the real world. The apocalypse is brought on by the evilness of humanity, which makes it an interesting read. 

Dark Inside

By Jeyn Roberts,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Dark Inside as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Moments after several huge earthquakes shake every continent on Earth, something strange starts happening to some people. Michael can only watch in horror as an incidence of road rage so extreme it ends in two deaths unfolds before his eyes; Clementine finds herself being hunted through the small town she has lived in all her life, by people she has known all her life; and Mason is attacked with a baseball bat by a random stranger. An inner rage has been released and some people cannot fight it. For those who can, life becomes an ongoing battle to survive -…


Lockdown (Escape from Furnace)

By Alexander Gordon Smith,

Book cover of Lockdown (Escape from Furnace)

Why this book?

Although this novel is not necessarily ‘apocalyptic,’ I couldn’t help but include it. Alexander Gordon Smith’s Lockdown is a high-stakes novel that follows Alex, a teenager who is wrongly accused of murder and sentenced to an underground prison. The Furnace Penitentiary is not a normal prison, but is a building where inhumane experiments take place. I’ve always been fascinated by characters who have to survive in an environment they cannot physically leave, and the Escape from Furnace series does this beautifully.

Lockdown (Escape from Furnace)

By Alexander Gordon Smith,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Lockdown (Escape from Furnace) as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Prison Break meets Darren Shan in an unforgettable story of terror, evil and intrigue. Alexander Gordon Smith's cult teen series has been reissued with the bestselling US covers.

Beneath heaven is hell.
Beneath hell is Furnace.

When thirteen-year-old Alex is framed for murder, his life changes forever. Now he is an inmate in the Furnace Penitentiary - the toughest prison in the world for young offenders. A vast building sunk deep into the ground, there's one way in and no way out.

But rowdy inmates and sadistic guards are the least of Alex's problems. Every night an inmate is taken…


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