A book that I read early in my time as a Young Adult librarian and has stayed with me is The Compound by S.A .Bodeen. America is experiencing a nuclear attack and some are prepared to survive the fallout underground. But, how long do they need to stay there, and what happens when conditions start to become uncomfortable? This book is a psychological thriller and will keep you guessing and thinking about life in the event of a nuclear disaster. How would we react? There are twists and turns and quite a surprise ending.
Another book that kept me impatiently waiting for the next in the series is Enclave by Ann Aguirre. Enclave is an Apocalyptic story. Life is dramatically changed and survival is at the forefront of everyone's mind. There are pockets of people living together with their own forms of government and their own set of rules. When rules are broken, you may be sent out to survive on your own. Creatures rule the outer areas and the creatures are evolving. If you like zombies and lots of action, this is an I can't put it down series. I think this series would be great movie material.
The final book that I want to mention is one that I haven't read, but comes with high recommendation. A reader once said that it was so bad that you had to read it. Another I can't put it down recommendation. The book is The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. There is a fence around the village and those inside take care of each other. The fence is there to protect them from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. What is in the forest; why should they be afraid of it; have those who put up the fence been telling the truth? It will keep you reading.