Fave Five Friday: Zombie Books

I have read a ton of zombie books, they’re a weakness I have. In fact, I’m working on writing one right now. There is something about zombies that fascinates me, I could watch a zombie movie or read a zombie novel at any time, and it takes a really special zombie story to freak me out. Without further ado here are my top 5 zombie books.

5. The Enemy by Charlie Higson

Charlie Higson’s The Enemy is the first in a jaw-dropping zombie horror series for teens. Everyone over the age of fourteen has succumbed to a deadly zombie virus and now the kids must keep themselves alive. When the sickness came, every parent, police officer, politician – every adult fell ill. The lucky ones died. The others are crazed, confused and hungry. Only children under fourteen remain, and they’re fighting to survive. Now there are rumours of a safe place to hide. And so a gang of children begin their quest across London, where all through the city – down alleyways, in deserted houses, underground – the grown-ups lie in wait. But can they make it there – alive?

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As many of you know I love the Young James Bond series, well The Enemy series is by the same author, Charlie Higson. I don’t exactly remember how I came across these books, I was probably looking for the next YJB installment and saw them, but they’re awesome. I made it through the first two in the series and I just haven’t had the time since, and I’d like to add that my dad LOVES these books. He’s talked about them for years at this point. They’re fun and scary, plus they take on a different perspective of zombies.

4. The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman

Rick Grimes is not prepared for this. A couple months ago he was a small town cop who had never fired a shot and only ever saw one dead body. Separated from his family he must now sort through the death and confusion to try and find his wife and son.

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If you haven’t heard of The Walking Dead, and you’re a zombie fan, you probably live under a rock. The Walking Dead exploded into popularity thanks to its very successful TV show. I was one of those people who started reading the graphic novels because of the show. They do mean it when they say the books are better, even though the show is already phenomenal.

I would say that The Walking Dead captures the essence of zombie story-telling. It’s exactly what you’d expect a zombie story to be, but it’s also unique in its own ways.

3. World War Z by Max Brooks

We survived the zombie apocalypse, but how many of us are still haunted by that terrible time? We have (temporarily?) defeated the living dead, but at what cost? Told in the haunting and riveting voices of the men and women who witnessed the horror firsthand, World War Z is the only record of the pandemic.

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.

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World War Z is the scariest zombie book I have read by far. Mostly because it reads like a real historical document, and because the zombies are so terrifyingly smart. Imagine, I Am Legend (even though those are vampires) mixed with 28 Days Later, that’s what the zombies are like. I read this book right before the movie came out, and while I enjoyed the movie, the book is a 1,000 times scarier. It’s definitely a must-read if you’re in to horror.

2. The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”
Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.
The Girl With All the Gifts is a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end.

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If you’ve been around my blog for a little while you’ll probably recognize this title. I wrote a rave review about it a little bit ago, and it has a fantastic movie to accompany it.

I’ve actually just picked up the prequel The Boy On The Bridge, I’ll talk about that more in a few days when I do my June Book Haul.

1. Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.

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Rot & Ruin is my all time favorite. I was absolutely addicted to these books and now they have such a lovely nostalgia factor. They may not be the scariest or the most complex, but they have the humanity.

This book is a fantastic coming of age novel with tragedy around every corner, and characters that will win your heart. I think I read these for the first time at the perfect age. I was around 14 and these really spoke to me, and they really opened me up to the zombie genre. They deserve to be way more popular than they are, and a TV series would be amazing.

Do you love zombie stories too? What are some of your favorites? Let me know in the comments!

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Savannah Worman

My name is Savannah, you can call me Sav. I am a recent Oregon State graduate, Siletz tribal member, and aspiring book critic. Join me on this exploration of the literary world around us. You’re sure to find something you like. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments feel free to hit me up on the contact page! I live in the Pacific Northwest with my boyfriend, my Havanese/Aussie Shepard Stark, my Jack Russell/Shih Tzu Daenerys, and my son Finn.

8 thoughts on “Fave Five Friday: Zombie Books”

  1. I love a good Zombie novel – I enjoyed Rot and Ruin (the whole series) and I really liked The girl with all the gifts. Have you tried Mira Grant’s Feedback series – I read the first book years ago and I’ve always meant to re-read them. Great blog post.

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  2. I absolutely love zombie books and I’ve really been struggle to find some I really enjoy. Definitely going to give Rot and Ruin a go!

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  3. I’ve not read any of these before and it’s not typically a genre that I gravitate towards, however I really like the sound of world war Z, I’ve not seen the film either so I’ll have to read and then watch and see if I agree that the book is scarier! xx


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