While writing a blog might not be the first thing you’d think to do if zombies were clawing at your door, that’s exactly what Allison Hewitt does – and it makes for a fresh take on the zombie genre. Trapped in the storeroom of a shop with her colleagues, she makes use of the internet to write about their experience. And as the replies and comments appear, they realise the full scale of the damage in the world outside. When the food runs out and panic sets in, the group must leave their room and journey across the city – but with the Undead, the Doomed and the Infected to contend with, it certainly won’t be easy. A relentless, exhilarating read.
Whoever said you couldn’t mix zombies and romance? Well, it seems Isaac Marion didn’t get the memo! ‘R’ is a zombie who seems like all the others living in the abandoned city: no name, no pulse, no memories. But he isn’t like other zombies – he has dreams, and when he meets Julie he feels compelled to save her rather than eat her. Defying all logic and everything we’ve been told about zombies before, R gets a new lease of life and desperately wants to live again. But can Julie help him, and will the other members of the Dead let it happen?
This first novel in a series of the same name was released to much acclaim in 2010, being followed by Dust & Decay, Flesh & Bone and Fire & Ash. The story takes place fourteen years after a zombie outbreak, where humans have been forced into small communities, relying only on traders and a few crops to survive. The Rot & Ruin itself is the land where the zombies live. Fifteen-year-old Benny Imura has to find a job in order to keep his ration allowance – so naturally, he joins the zombie-hunting business.
Rise Again follows war veteran Sheriff Danielle Adelman as her small mountain community suddenly becomes filled with hordes of disease-stricken refugees, and she realises that this could be the end of the world. As the reanimated dead start to take over, she has one thing on her mind: finding her younger sister who has run away from home. But the journey across the Californian desert won’t be easy, and there are dangers lurking at every turn. A strong debut novel from Ben Tripp.
This post-apocalyptic zombie novel is told through the voice of Mary, a girl living in a fenced village ruled by the Sisterhood and the Guardians – who say that they are the last surviving members of the human race. Beyond the fence roams the cannibalistic undead, waiting to attack the village inhabitants; but inside the barriers, the society is far from perfect. When there’s a breach in the fence, Mary breaks free in search of the ocean, which she heard about in stories passed down from her great-great-great-grandmother. A debut YA novel from Carrie Ryan that became a New York Times bestseller.
Perfectly suited for YA readers, Kirsty McKay’s frightening yet often amusing zombie story wastes no time getting stuck right into the action. During a school skiing trip, new-girl Bobby and brooding rebel Smitty stay on the coach while their friends head to the ‘Cheery Chomp’ café; but when the other kids come back looking more than a little worse for wear, the two must quickly get to know each other as they try to survive attack from their undead schoolmates. A gory, laugh-out-loud read that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
The title of this one is pretty misleading, so if you’re expecting the classic Alice in Wonderland story but with zombies instead of rabbits and Cheshire cats, you’ll be disappointed. Alice is an orphan whose entire family died in a car crash; when she discovers that monsters are indeed real, just as her father used to claim, she must avenge her family and fight the undead. In order to do this, she seeks help from good-looking bad boy Cole Holland; but can he be trusted…?
It’s the end of the world, and six students are hiding in their High School from the zombies outside, who are fighting to get in. One student, Sloane Prince, has already had a difficult life and can no longer think of a reason to keep on living; but as she waits for the doors to be knocked down by the dead and sees her fellow schoolmates’ desperation to survive, her feelings start to change. An emotional read that focuses more on human psychology than it does blood and gore.
There are no zombies in this post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel, but there are cyborgs and a heroine fighting to save humanity. The story is set in 2076, following a weaponised viral attack during a war with The Partials – engineered, emotionless beings that look identical to humans – that killed off most of the human race. In Long Island, where the remaining North American survivors have grouped together, babies only live for 56 hours; so when her friend Madison falls pregnant, sixteen-year-old Kira Walker makes it her mission to find a cure – which means capturing a Partial. Followed by Fragments and Ruins.
We bet you weren’t expecting to find another book about bloggers and zombies on this list! Published in 2011, this thriller looks a little prematurely to 2014, when both cancer and the common cold have been cured; but in their place, an even deadlier infection began to spread, reanimating the dead and taking over people’s bodies and minds with the desire to FEED. Twenty years on, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason set out to uncover the dark conspiracy behind the events and reveal the biggest story of their lives – if they can live to tell it. Grant’s Newsflesh trilogy contains some insightful religious and political elements, and well-rounded characters that you actually care about.
Described by Macmillan publishers as “a ferocious epic of supernatural terror,” this adrenaline-fuelled series from the author of the Escape from the Furnace series explores what would happen if every person you met turned into a bloodthirsty savage that wanted to tear you apart. That’s what happens to teenagers Cal, Brick and Daisy – victims of The Fury – who must come together to find out exactly what’s going on, while battling against vicious enemies that include their friends and even their parents. Can they uncover the truth before it’s too late?