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    Prepping fiction book

    I thought it'd be fun to post some of our fav. prepping/wilderness survival/etc fictional books on here, for those of us that are looking for a new good read. I've been looking for some good recommendations.
    The only one I have read (and therefor, could recommend) would be "The Hatchet", by Gary Paulsen. It was one of my favorite books as a kid (not a surprise growing up with three eagle scout brothers and no sisters to relate to). As a kid, I was the kind that liked to play around the forest behind our house and pretend that I could live there forever if I needed to. I had almost completely forgot about those days until I was introduced to this forum a few weeks ago.

    So, what are some ones you can recommend? What about ones aimed more toward young adults/youth?

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    Just a few of those from my library:

    Alas, Babylon Pat Frank
    Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand
    Damnation Alley Roger Zelazny
    Dies The Fire S.M. Stirling
    Lights Out Halffast
    Lucifer's Hammer Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
    Malevil Robert Merle
    Patriots James Wesley, Rawles
    Pulling Through Dean Ing
    The Crash of '79 Paul E Erdman
    The Silver Bears Paul E Erdman

    Don't really know any of the youth books. But Alas Babylon and Damnation Alley would probably be suitable.
    Jerry D Young

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    A good kid friendly wilderness survival book is My Side of the Mountain.
    Live simply so others may simply live.

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    these are not books of survival, but great literature on how the life could possibly be if we
    became a socialist country. (big brother)
    Aldious Huxley's-brave new world
    George Orwell's 1984. Books I read in the 70's, but good reading

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAY View Post
    these are not books of survival, but great literature on how the life could possibly be if we
    became a socialist country. (big brother)
    Aldious Huxley's-brave new world
    George Orwell's 1984. Books I read in the 70's, but good reading
    I read those for an assignment in high school (when I was punkish), and again in my university studies. It was interesting how differently I felt about them from the first read to the second. Definitely interesting, and I think it's always good to re-read them every few years. You seem to understand different each time.

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    The Road is kind of slow. I read The Hatchet too! Good for younger teens!

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    Goodreads has several lists of these:
    http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1...iction#8488492
    http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1...stopian_Novels

    These aren't all prepping novels, but they have a disaster/distopia/survival bend. My personal faves are:

    Stephen King (He's written a bunch. In fact I'd say just about everything he's written is a survival novel of some kind. haha) The Stand, Under the Dome (which isn't the end of the world, but it's about what happens when you cut a town off from the rest of the world), and his short story The End of the Whole Mess which is really terrifying.

    The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I didn't think it was slow, but it is a difficult read. It won a Pulitzer, and I think it deserved it from a literary perspective.

    One Second After by William R. Forstchen. Someone here recommended this one in another post and I really liked it.

    The Host by Stephenie Meyer, if you consider aliens a possible threat. It's really just a man vs other theme, but there is a lot of human survival in the desert, which is neat.

    Kurt Vonnegut has some fantastic ones. Harrison Bergeron from Welcome to the Monkey House is really thought provoking.

    There are several I didn't like though too. Jerry mentioned Patriots. I hated that one. The Uglies/Pretties/Specials series is for young adults and I thought it was kinda meh. So sometimes you just have try them out for yourself to see if it's a good fit.

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    Lucifer's Hammer Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle

    I'll second Lucifer's hammer. I've had it in the bookcase longer than i can remember.

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    Jerry's stories are good preping stories and fit for the teens also.

    I liked Lucifer's Hammer, Alas Babylon, Light outs was good.

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    One Second After is the book that got me started as a prepper...

 

 

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