Podcast: Six Prepper Books Worth Reading (& One That Sorta Isn’t)

I’m starting my book review series with some suggestions of some of the best prepper fiction to read, and there’s a good chance you haven’t even heard of his favorite series of the bunch. 

Book one in the article is the all-time prepper favorite, Alas Babylon by Pat Frank. 

Here’s the publisher’s blurb: “Alas, Babylon.” Those fateful words heralded the end. When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness.

The book, while obviously dated, is a classic and in my opinion it’s the first prepper fiction book to start with if you are new to the genre.

I talk about other books, but I do want to mention my favorite series in prepper fiction that nobody in the US seems to have heard about, the “Tomorrow When The War Began” series. The books are targeted at young adults (specifically, Australian and New Zealand young adults) but it’s very accessible and is extremely well written… enough to entertain & inform adults as well as young adults. 

Think “Red Dawn” in Australia, but instead of just the opening of the war story, the series covers the entire invasion. 

For those of you who are into movies, there’s a good version of the opening book, Tomorrow When The War Began, on Netflix streaming. Here’s the trailer:


I hope you enjoy my list. 



  1. Alas Babylon was my first book that got me hooked back in jr high school. One Second After was a good book, really gets one thinking especially about ones location but the 2nd one was a HUGE disappointment, I won’t even read the 3rd book. Felt like it was a constant recruiting manual for the 3%er or Oathkeeper movement, not fan of it at ALL. I still have the original The Grey Nineties I downloaded and printed before Y2k but the even after he reprinted and ‘updated’ “Patriots” is vastly outdated and went too far into the FEMA Black helicopter and separatist movement. His spinoff books were a joke except for the one where they followed the couple out of Chicago (can’t think of the name of it). Jakarta pandemic made me want to seriously strangle the main character. For being a Marine Officer he had pretty poor security tactics, was pretty anti-gun toward his neighbor and constantly saying how great being a vegan was. the 2nd book in the series I had to keep putting down (got it on kindle) and come back a few days later, the constant stereotypical militia or prepper references really bugged me.

    • I’ll be honest, I heard so many bad reviews about the second book of the One Second After series I haven’t read it. I really, REALLY liked the first one, but the ending point was a perfect place to leave things..

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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