In no particular order, here are a selection of survival stories as a part of the monthly recommendations group run by Kayla and Trina over on Goodreads (found here). I’ve tried to include ones that you might not have heard before as well as the more popular ones. My personal rating on the novel is also included as well as a (cheesy) one sentence summary of the story for those interested.
–The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau (3 stars) Cia has been chosen to go through the testing, a great honour, however her father warns it is not as it may seem to be.
–The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (5 stars) Katniss is used to taking care of her poor family but when she is selected to take part in the hunger games she has to fight to survive.
–No Safety in Numbers by Dayna Lorentz (3 stars) A deadly virus is released in a crowded mall which is locked down.
–The Martian by Andy Weir (want to read) An astronaut is left behind on Mars and must survive until humanity can return to save him (dammit Matt Damon, always needing rescued).
–Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (4.5 stars) After their illegally inhabited planet was illegally attacked Kady and Ezra are rescued but things don’t settle down as a those in charge are keeping secrets from everyone.
–Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott (4.5 stars) Tella becomes a contender in the Brimstone Bleed, a 4 part race to win the cure for a sick relative.
–The Maze Runner by James Dashner (3 stars) Thomas wakes up with no memories in a strange place surrounded by a maze that holds monsters.
–The Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (3 stars) Brain survives a plane crash and now must try and survive alone in the wilderness until he can be rescued.
–The Valley of the Horses (Earth’s Children #2) by Jean M Auel (4 stars) This series follows Alya, a young prehistoric woman, as she survives the many dangers of life during the time of the Neanderthals and woolly mammoths.