Books Like The Cabin at the End of The World
Some people like to be prepared for anything, but there are certain situations where this is not possible. Situations where everything can change in the blink of an eye or where it becomes almost impossible to discern what is real. Putting together a group of people in highly stressful situations with no way out has been the setup for many thrilling novels. For example, in The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay, a family vacationing at a remote cabin finds their world turned upside down by the arrival of three strangers with unthinkable demands. For more novels where ordinary people find themselves trapped in extraordinary circumstances together, check out the following books like The Cabin at the End of the World.
by Dan Simmons
The Terror by Dan Simmons is based on the Franklin Expedition, which is a historical event that took place in 1845. The setting is the HMS Terror, one of the first steam-powered vessels ever that was part of the search for the legendary Northwest Passage. Unfortunately, the ships end up stranded in the Arctic Circle as the ice does not thaw. In addition to the freezing temperatures, dwindling coal supply, and poisonous rations, the men on board the ship discover that there is something out in the frigid darkness stalking them too.
Under the Dome
by Stephen King
Under the Dome by Stephen King sees the entire town of Chester's Mill, Maine, sealed off from the outside world by an invisible force field. Nobody knows where the barrier came from or if it will ever go away, leading to desperation from the town's inhabitants. Conflict also inevitably arises when those desperate to retain their power over the town clash with those seeking to save everyone.
by Jose Saramago
Blindness by Jose Saramago opens with a strange epidemic of "white blindness" breaking out in a city. Authorities become scared that this blindness will spread, so they confine the afflicted to an empty mental hospital. Unfortunately, the criminally inclined quickly take control of everything at the facility, making life hell for everyone else. When the blindness spreads to the rest of the country, a small group which includes a doctor's wife who faked being afflicted emerges from the asylum. What they find is a world that is unrecognizable, and to survive, they must stick together and rely on each other.
by Mike Bockoven
FantasticLand by Mike Bockoven is set in the titular theme park that has been operational since the 1970s. However, employees find the experience anything but fun when the park is isolated during a hurricane that ravages the Florida coast. It takes five weeks for authorities to rescue the survivors, but what they encounter is like a scene out of a horror movie. FantasticLand is written as a fact-finding investigation and a series of interviews to determine how a group of primarily college-aged employees could end up committing terrible acts of violence against each other.
by Nick Cutter
The Troop by Nick Cutter is set in the Canadian wilderness, where Scoutmaster Tim Riggs has led a troop of boys for a weekend camping trip. However, what starts as a fun tradition soon becomes a nightmare when an unexpected intruder stumbles upon their campsite. Not only is the man shockingly thin and disturbingly pale, but he also has a voracious appetite. Tim and the boys soon learn that what they have encountered is a human carrier of a bioengineered nightmare and that there is no escape from the elements, the infected, or one another.
by Hanna Jameson
The setting for The Last by Hanna Jameson is the Hotel Sixieme in Switzerland. The protagonist, Jon, finds himself stranded at the hotel after an academic conference when nuclear bombs detonate across the world. Jon and twenty other survivors try to maintain some semblance of civilization at the hotel but then discover that there might be a killer in their group.
by Robert McCammon
Stinger by Robert McCammon sees a monstrous alien bounty hunter arriving in the town of Inferno. The hunter, Stinger, is on the trail of another alien named Daufin, who has taken the form of a human. Stinger will stop at nothing to find Daufin and seals the town behind an impenetrable and inescapable dome. The few remaining survivors must work together to protect Daufin and themselves from the relentless killing machine that is Stinger.
by Alice Feeney
Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney is set in a crumbling gothic house on a tiny tidal island. It is here where the entire Darker family assembles for Daisy's 80th birthday party after years of avoiding each other. Everyone in the family harbors secrets, and when the tides come in, they will all be isolated from the rest of the world. However, at the stroke of midnight, Daisy is found murdered, followed by another family member an hour later. As they are trapped, the Darkers must deal with the fact that there is a killer amongst them while also reckoning with their past secrets.
by Christopher Golden
Ararat by Christopher Golden is a supernatural thriller that is set in Turkey. When a secret cave is revealed inside Mount Ararat after an earthquake, a newly engaged couple is determined to be the first to enter and explore. However, what they discover soon draws a team of scholars, archaeologists, and filmmakers. The group then uncovers an elaborate coffin but ends up trapped inside the cave when a massive blizzard blows in. But, unfortunately, they are not alone in the remote mountain location.