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3 Books to Read While Waiting for Fallout Season 2 to Drop

3 Books to Read While Waiting for Fallout Season 2 to Drop

By CamCat Books Date: May 13, 2024 Tags: Books to Live In

If you binged your way through the first season of Amazon Prime’s Fallout and are hungry for more apocalyptic adventures, then you’ve come to the right place. While you wait for season two, kick back with a Nuka-Cola and take a crack at one of our books to live in. 

For those who are more keen on the events that lead to the downfall of the world in Fallout and what life is like wandering in the wasteland, then you’ll love When the Night Bells Ring by Jo Kaplan. When the Night Bells Ring is a captivating and horrifying post-apocalyptic tale of two climate refugees scavenging their own wasteland brought to ruin by humanity’s folly and climate change. While we don’t have any radroaches in Kaplan’s wasteland, we’ve got plenty of monsters lurking about—and they’re thirsty.

If the thing that hooked you in Fallout was the idea of traveling between very different worlds filled with hidden secrets and dastardly mysteries, then Jason Offutt’s The Girl in the Corn and its soon-to-be-released sequel, The Boy From Two Worlds are excellent picks for you. Ripe with horrors, this time leaning more into the fantasy realms rather than the sci-fi, mysterious wastelands and hauntings almost seem to follow Thomas Cavanaugh around, with death creeping in their wake. But be warned, these books have enough nastiness and gore to make even the Ghoul take a step back.

And finally, if you were really drawn to Ella Purnell’s portrayal of Lucy and her grand quest to save the world while frantically trying to figure out what in the sweet hells is actually happening to the world, then Under the Heavens by Ruth Fox should be your next read. While escorting Earth’s last whales to a new paradise planet, the undercover rebel, Kim Teng, finds that she might be in deeper and more treacherous interstellar waters than she originally thought as sinister plots shift around with her potentially serving as someone else’s pawn.


When the Night Bells Ring

Don't awaken what sleeps in the dark.

In a future ravaged by fire and drought, two climate refugees ride their motorcycles across the wasteland of the western US, and stumble upon an old silver mine. Descending into the cool darkness of the caved-in tunnels in desperate search of water, the two women find Lavinia Cain’s diary, a settler in search of prosperity who brought her family to Nevada in the late 1860s.

But Lavinia and the settlers of the Western town discovered something monstrous that dwells in the depths of the mine, something that does not want greedy prospectors disturbing the earth. Whispers of curses and phantom figures haunt the diary, and now, over 150 years later, trapped and injured in the abandoned mine, the women discover they’re not alone . . . with no easy way out.

The monsters are still here—and they’re thirsty.


The Girl in the Corn

Beware of what lurks in the corn. 

Fairies don’t exist. At least that’s what Thomas Cavanaugh’s parents say. But the events of that one night, when he follows a fairy into the cornfield on his parents’ farm, prove them wrong. What seems like a destructive explosion was, Thomas knows, an encounter with Dauðr, a force that threatens to destroy the fairy’s world and his sanity.

Years later, after a troubled childhood and a series of dead-end jobs, he is still haunted by what he saw that night. One day he crosses paths with a beautiful young woman and a troubled young man, soon realizing that he first met them as a kid while under psychiatric care after his encounters in the cornfield. Has fate brought them together? Are they meant to join forces to save the fairy’s world and their own? Or is one of them not who they claim to be?


Under the Heavens

Even the darkest secrets will come to light.

Bubbly social media star Hannah Monksman is captaining Seiiki and carrying the last of Earth’s whales to a new paradise planet. Viewers have been following Hannah’s journey, but what they don’t know is her true identity—Kim Teng who won her role as Caretaker with the help of underground operatives known as the Crusaders.

Kim forms a close bond with the whales in her care, and their mental Link allows conversation on the lonely spaceship. But when one of the whales, Adonai, begins acting strange, Kim begins to suspect that she is a pawn in a secret mission meant to ensure the whales never reach their destination. Or it may just be the isolation getting to her.

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