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Best Zombie Books

Survive the apocalypse through the pages of the best zombie books that have gripped readers, standing out in a crowded field of undead tales.

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Best Zombie Books
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World War Z
An Oral History of the Zombie War
Max Brooks - 2006-09-12
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This acclaimed book takes you on a journey across the globe during the Zombie War, featuring firsthand accounts from survivors who witnessed the end of the world. Through interviews with men, women, and children who faced the horrors of the apocalypse, you'll experience the full scope of this epochal event. This chronicle provides a hauntingly immediate look at the human dimension of one of the biggest catastrophes in history, and asks important questions about our capacity for personal detachment from history.
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The Girl With All the Gifts
M. R. Carey - 2014-06-19
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In this thrilling novel, a special girl named Melanie, who possesses extraordinary intellect, attends classes every day in her cell. However, she must face dangerous guards and scientists who study her every move. Melanie dreams of a future beyond her confinement, but her path is filled with unexpected twists and turns. This book is the perfect read for lovers of suspenseful, engrossing novels like those from greats Stephen King and Neil Gaiman.
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The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Carrie Ryan - 2009-07-01
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This gripping young adult novel takes readers on a journey through a dystopian world where simple truths are unraveling. Mary must navigate a world controlled by the Sisterhood and protected by the Guardians while learning about the secrets they hide. When chaos erupts and the fence that surrounds their village is breached, Mary must choose between the life she knows and a future filled with unknown possibilities. Will she find hope in a world consumed by death?
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Warm Bodies
A Novel
Isaac Marion - 2012-12-25 (first published in 2010)
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In Warm Bodies, a zombie named "R" lives a monotonous existence until he meets Julie, a living girl who brings color and emotion into his gray world. Through their unlikely bond, R begins to evolve beyond his undead state and desires to protect Julie rather than eat her. This darkly funny and highly original novel explores the power of love and the potential for change, even in the most hopeless of worlds.
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The Reapers Are the Angels
A Novel
Alden Bell - 2010-08-03
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A post-apocalyptic America is overrun by zombies. A young girl named Temple wanders through the wasteland haunted by her past and pursued by a killer. As she travels between isolated pockets of surviving civilization and the dangerous exterior world, Temple confronts her demons and searches for redemption. Will she find a way to survive and ultimately find the salvation she seeks?
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This Is Not a Test
A Novel
Courtney Summers - 2012-06-19
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Surviving the apocalypse doesn't seem so bad to Sloane Price, who's failed to find a reason to keep going after her world collapsed six months ago. But now she's stuck with five other students who actually want to live, and the bid for survival gets more unpredictable and violent every day. As they wait for the barricades to fall, Sloane is forced to witness their changing motives while grappling with the question: when everything is gone, what do you hold on to?
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A Novel
Stephen King - 2006-11-21
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This thrilling novel tells the story of a graphic artist named Clay Riddell who witnesses the sudden emergence of chaos and destruction in the heart of Boston. The novel explores the themes of fear, destruction, and survival as ordinary people become victims of animalistic destruction. The book takes a unique and chilling approach to the apocalypse, asking the question: Where were you on October 1st at 3:03 P.M.?
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Mira Grant - 2010-05-01
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In a world where a virus has taken over with the unstoppable command to "Feed", bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of uncovering the truth about the infected in this thrilling story set 20 years after the outbreak.
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Zone One
Colson Whitehead - 2011-10-18
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In the aftermath of a devastating pandemic, humanity is divided into the living and the living dead. Zone One follows Mark Spitz, a member of a civilian sweeper unit tasked with clearing lower Manhattan of feral zombies. As he struggles with Post-Apocalyptic Stress Disorder and the impossible task of accepting a fallen world, things begin to unravel. This chilling yet literary novel by Colson Whitehead offers a haunting portrait of modern civilization's downfall.
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Rot & Ruin
Jonathan Maberry - 2010-09-14
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This post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested America requires every teenager to find a job by age fifteen or face ration cuts. Benny Imura didn't want to become a zombie hunter like his brother Tom, but he had no choice. What he thought would be a monotonous gig killing zombies became a transformative journey that taught him the true meaning of humanity.
The Rising by Brian Keene
Monster Island by David Wellington
Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen
My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland
The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks
Handling the Undead by John Lindqvist
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
Day by Day Armageddon by J. L. Bourne
The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey
Deadline by Mira Grant
Slow Burn by Bobby Adair
Breathers by S. G. Browne
Zombie, Ohio by Scott Kenemore
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
Raising Stony Mayhall by Daryl Gregory
Devil's Wake by Steven Barnes
The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn, Tony Moore
The Walking Dead, Vol. 18 by Robert Kirkman
Zombie Fallout by Mark Tufo
The Passage by Justin Cronin
The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-jones
The First Days by Rhiannon Frater
Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
Diary of a Minecraft Zombie Book 1 by Zack Zombie
Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova
Hollowland by Amanda Hocking
The Enemy by Charlie Higson
Plague of the Dead by Z. A. Recht
The End Games by T. Michael Martin
The Walking Dead, Vol. 1 by Robert Kirkman
Plants vs. Zombies Volume 1 by Paul Tobin
The Last Bastion of the Living by Rhiannon Frater
Peanut Butter & Brains by Joe McGee
Severance by Ling Ma
Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon
Enclave by Ann Aguirre
Night of the Living Trekkies by Kevin David Anderson
Married With Zombies by Jesse Petersen
Zombies vs. Unicorns by Holly Black
Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O'Hara
The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier
Autumn by David Moody
The Ferryman by Justin Cronin
Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry
Monster Planet by David Wellington
Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
Under a Graveyard Sky Signed Limited Edition by John Ringo
Dead City by James Ponti
Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Extinction Horizon by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Irregular Scout Team One by J. F. Holmes
The Complete Rot & Ruin Collection by Jonathan Maberry
Tell My Horse by Zora Neale Hurston
Husk by Corey Redekop
The Becoming by Jessica Meigs
Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland
The Remaining by D J Molles
Zombie in Love by Kelly Dipucchio, Scott Campbell
Ghost Run by J. L. Bourne
The Undertakers by TY Drago
The Zombie Chasers by John Kloepfer
Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts
Night of the Zombie Goldfish by Dr. Roach
City of the Dead by Brian Keene
Contaminated by Em Garner
The Living Dead by George A. Romero
Dark Recollections by Chris Philbrook
Soulless by Christopher Golden
The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle
My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish Boxed Set by Mo O'Hara
Zomburbia by Adam Gallardo
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Steve Hockensmith
Endings by Norman Christof
Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff Hart
Happy Hour of the Damned by Mark Henry
The Road by Cormac McCarthy