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Death Stranding is an acquired taste. It’s a game that’s as much about exploration and traveling as it is about connecting a ravaged post-apocalyptic world. However, it’s a uniquely haunting game and an unforgettable experience.

If you’re in the mood for more post-apocalyptic journeys, fret not! We’ve gathered together 10 books to check out when you’ve finished playing Death Stranding. Of course, if you feel we’ve missed any of your favourites, do comment below and let us know!

Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

This sci-fi novel takes place after an extraterrestrial event known as the Visitation. The alien “zones” left behind contain strange and deadly anomalies, along with artifacts that defy human understanding. The protagonist is a “stalker”, someone who risks their life to illegally enter the zones and retrieve artifacts.

The eerie, dangerous zones and the protagonist’s role as a risk-taker navigating hostile environments align with the themes and gameplay of Death Stranding, particularly traveling these landscapes and collecting artifacts.

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

Annihilation centers on a team of four women who venture into the mysterious Area X, a quarantined zone where nature has reclaimed the land and strange phenomena occur. As our team ventures forth, she uncovers more about Area X’s unsettling reality and her own past.

The alien and hostile nature of Area X, coupled with the sense of isolation, exploration, and existential dread, reflect Death Stranding’s mysterious, post-apocalyptic world and themes of discovery and connection.

The Postman by David Brin

Set in a post-apocalyptic America, the story follows a man who adopts the identity of a postal worker based on an old, found uniform in order to survive.

His fabricated role gives hope to the isolated communities he encounters, inspiring them to reconnect with each other.

The central theme of reestablishing connections in a post-apocalyptic world is incredibly similar to Death Stranding’s narrative of reconnecting isolated cities and communities.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

This novel follows a father and son traversing a post-apocalyptic landscape, contending with harsh survival conditions and the worst of human nature. Their journey is both physically and morally grueling, but love and hope guide their path.

The bleak post-apocalyptic environment and themes of hope and connection amidst desolation align with Death Stranding’s setting, narrative, and themes.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven weaves together multiple narratives before and after a devastating flu pandemic wipes out much of civilization. Central to the story is the Traveling Symphony, a group of actors and musicians who perform Shakespeare plays in the scattered settlements of survivors.

The novel’s exploration of survival, connection, and the power of art and memory in the post-apocalypse reflect the themes of human resilience, connection, and preservation that are central to Death Stranding.

The Way series by Greg Bear

The series begins with “Eon,” where an asteroid appears in Earth’s orbit and is discovered, hinting at advanced alien technology. The series explores themes of time travel, parallel universes, and humanity’s place in the cosmos.

Like Death Stranding, the use of advanced technology, inter-dimensional travel, and humanity’s struggle to understand and survive amidst such phenomena are big similarities.

Metro series by Dmitry Glukhovsky

This series is set in the Moscow Metro, where the last survivors of a global nuclear holocaust have taken refuge. The inhabitants of the metro face mutant threats, supernatural events, and internal conflicts within this new underground society.

The post-apocalyptic setting, supernatural elements, and themes of survival and connection in a hostile environment align with Death Stranding’s world and narrative. It’s also a fellow videogame too and these shooters are well worth your time!

All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

The protagonist in All You Need Is Kill is a soldier fighting an alien invasion who becomes trapped in a time loop that repeats each day he dies. He uses this to his advantage, learning from each iteration to improve his skills and understand his enemy.

While this sounds very similar to Edge of Tomorrow, the novel’s themes of death, rebirth, and learning from repeated failures mirror aspects of Death Stranding’s gameplay and narrative, particularly the concept of “repatriation.”

Death Stranding: The Official Novelization by Kenji Yano

It makes sense to include the official novelisation of Death Stranding on this list, and you’re definitely not going to get any closer in truth!

This book adapts the story of the Death Stranding video game into a two-volume novel format. It follows Sam Bridges as he embarks on a journey to reconnect a fractured society and save humanity from extinction.

Being an official novelization, it directly recounts the narrative, characters, and themes of the Death Stranding game.

The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway

The Gone-Away World is set in a post-apocalypse where a weapon called the “Go-Away bomb” has erased much of the world and its population, leaving behind “Stuff”, a volatile substance that can recreate objects and people from residual thoughts and emotions.

The book’s post-apocalyptic setting, the dangerous and surreal substance, and its exploration of humanity’s resilience echo Death Stranding’s themes of survival, the strange phenomena linked to the Death Stranding event, and the importance of connection.

These are just a few books that will give you the vibe and feel of Death Stranding. What did you think of the list? Have you read any of these books before? Or are we missing a must-read novel? Comment below and let us know!

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