I Will Survive! – Survival Novels in Science Fiction

In honor of The Hunger Games, I just had to do a post about survival novels. And if you are wondering…yes, I am going to the midnight showing (I am that person). Survival novels have always fascinated me. The first one that I remember reading is Lord of the Flies, and being so intrigued by the whole concept of British boys on a deserted island. To this day, I always compare similar novels to my favored classic. I hope you enjoy my newest and best survival novels, and remember: “Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor!”

Variant by Robison Wells. 9780062026088. 2011. Gr 8-12.

Benson thinks he has won the jackpot when he finds out that he won a scholarship to attend Maxfield Academy. Little does he know that his previous situation in foster care wasn’t so bad after all. Nothing is as it seems at Maxfield Academy, and the first lesson you learn is: Trust No One. Fans of The Maze Runner series will enjoy Variant for the thrilling ride!

After the Snow by S.D. Crockett. 9780312641696. 2012. Gr 8-12.

What would it be like if winter never ended? Willo and his family live deep in the wilderness very far from the commanding eye of the government. One day, Willo arrives home to find his family gone without a trace. Not knowing if they were taken by the government or by scavengers, his survival skills are put to the ultimate test. Many hard choices will lead Willo to discover his true place in this tough, frozen world.

The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe. 9781423146162. 2012. Gr 7-12.

Coughing, hysteria and eventually death are all caused by the virus that has taken over Kaelyn’s neighborhood. Using a diary-style narrative, the reader is given an inside look at Kaelyn’s fears and thoughts as the town is quarantined. A poignant story of survival and how one girl’s courage challenges all the things she fears most.

***And don’t forget to check tomorrow to find out the third winner of our month-long anniversary contest!***

Kristin J.