It’s no wonder that so many LDS authors write apocalyptic novels from the Mormon perspective. If you enjoy this kind of story then here are a few series for you to check out.
The Gathering: End’s Beginning by Randy Lindsay. Yep, I fall into this category. I’m working on the third book in the series about an average LDS family facing the events leading up to the end of the world. The stories are realistic and meant to give readers hope should we find ourselves in the middle of the actual apocalypse.
The Great and Terrible series by Chris Stewart. This is one of the most popular sets of books in the Mormon Apocalypse genre. Book one, Prologue: The Brothers takes place in heaven before the characters come to Earth. The series moves to Earth in book two where Elizabeth and her brothers must withstand the forces of evil in the Middle East conflict. There are six books in the series and can usually be found prominently displayed at Deseret Books.
The End Begins: Sudden Darkness by Margot Hovley. Terrorists attack the U.S. power grid and eighteen-year-old Amelie Hatch and is faced with not only living in a world without electricity, but the need to walk to Utah as part of the gathering of the LDS community. There are two books in the series and are likely to appeal to YA readers.
Conspiracy Rising by Simon Driscoll is the first book in the Warriors and Watchmen series. There are two books in the series that are currently available and a third which is scheduled for a November 2016 release. Based on my conversations with Simon I know that the series is based on his take of the prophecies about the end of the world. His sources include the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and several popular visions circulating around the LDS community. The story deals with the Shumways, who have several members of family working for the CIA and involved in the escalating political strife felt around the globe.
The Folk of the Fringe by Orson Scott Card is my favorite novel in this category. Card is probably the best known LDS author, but this book doesn’t get the attention it deserves. It deals with several LDS and non-LDS characters as they deal with the apocalypse. Good reading at its best.
Books that I’m less familiar with include:
Hidden Light: Millennial Glory by Wendie L. Edwards.
Rising Storm by Jessica Draper and Richard D. Draper.
Prodigal Journey by Linda Paulson Adams
The Great Gathering by Chad Daybell
That’s a lot of reading about the end of the world. If you know of any books in the genre that I’ve missed, please contact me so I can add it to the list.