It’s called many things. Prepper, Post-Apocalyptic, Doomsday or Collapse fiction. It’s a growing genre with contributions from dozens of authors. Some good, some not so good. Here I’m going to introduce some of my personal favorites.
Chris created one of the most compelling prepper fiction series currently published. The Going Home series follows the main protagonist Morgan, his friends and family as they try to survive a nationwide power outage. One of the things I appreciate about this series is that it isn't as militaristic as a lot of books in the genre focusing more on character interaction and development and less on "battle scenes". While his writing style has been described as "meat and potatoes" I think it's a perfect fit for its intended audience and since you're here I believe you would enjoy it.
Joe Nobody and his Holding Their Own series both have a lot to offer to the prepper community. Joe is prolific, writing books and articles for popular preparedness blogs and being featured by survival and security podcasts. His series, Holding Their Own, of offers a lot of insight into pre-planning, security and having a location in mind if thing go south. I like that the main characters introduce some levity into their situation while working towards reestablishing a community and that the importance of trade goods is well covered. The Holding Their Own series if definitely a personal favorite.
The author of several post-apocalyptic series, G. Michael Hopf's books offer a military man's take not only on how to prepare but also on how to defend what you've stored. I would say that his religious and political opinions do shine through in his work but not to a glaring degree, so, if you can handle that his work is worth picking up.
I'm not one of those people that enjoy writing critical reviews, but let me start off by saying, James isn't one of my favorite authors. His political and religious beliefs are just too prominent in his writing for me to enjoy his works. While his work is informative, it suffers from the amount of gear and tactics descriptions and one dimensional characters. With all that being said, I still buy and read his books. His first book "Patriots" was one of the first collapse fiction books I bought and introduced me to the genre as a whole and while there are authors I prefer I still feel his work has a lot to offer.
While not the most polished of writers, Bruce is a great storyteller, educator and outdoorsman. His descriptions of trapping during a survival situation is fascinating and got me interested in learning it myself. I like that he introduces unexpected obstacles and well thought out solutions outside of what you usually see in survival fiction. Pick up his first book and I'm confident you'll pick up the rest.
I've been looking forward to this review. William R. Forstchen's first book, One Second After, is in my opinion the panicle of the current crop of prepper-fiction. A Professor of History and Faculty Fellow at Montreat Collage in North Carolina, his writing is far more polished than the average post-apocalyptic fiction and a real pleasure to read. His characters are well developed and approachable and his novels are total page turners. If you are recently interested in the prepper genre this is the first author I would suggest.