Post apocalyptic fiction is very popular these days in YA lit. It can include zombies, or not. There is often some vast government control - I'm talking to you Hunger Games, Delirium and Matched. Or simply a society that has devolved into utter chaos where it is every person out for themselves. So here are my Top 10 Apocalypse Survival Tips I learned from reading YA lit.
Small groups are better than big groups.
Small groups are easier to protect, can fly by the radar undetected, and have less power struggles.
If you are going to be trapped, go to a big mega store or school.
There they tend to have some food stored up. And other things you may need, or even just want for comfort.
If someone is banging on the door outside, never ever let them in because they are always a crazy, psychotic, murderous, rapist dirt bag.
Do not ever have unprotected sex.
Would you really want to bring a baby into this world? Also, pregnant women have a harder time running away from crazy, murderous rapy dirt bags and brain eating zombies. Do. Not. Get. Pregnant.
Make sure you set up a place for everyone to go potty far away from where you are living. Have we learned nothing from the plague years?
Have short hair, otherwise you'll get head lice. Also, long hair is easy to grab.
It's not just pirates that get scurvy, so make sure you eat healthy food.
If you find a camp or town that looks safe, it probably isn't so keep on walking. You know that saying "some deals are too good to be true", there's a reason people say it - there is a lot of truth to it. Also, see rule 1: small groups.
The government has no idea what to do in the event of an apocalypse either, so good luck. Also, some people in positions of power are evil and will take advantage of the situation in ways that are not good for human kind.
You too can be a cannibal, though probably not a fine young one (although the apocalypse will probably drive you crazy).
And the final thing I have learned from all the post apocalyptic ya I have been reading: there is a darkness in many, many people. Which leads me back to small groups.
Now it's your turn: what are your survival tips from reading YA? And what book did you learn them from?