Best Zombie Apocalypse Novels

Paul Gonzalez
• Monday, 16 November, 2020
• 11 min read

This is in part due to the runaway success of The Walking Dead and World War Z. If you’d like specific books about zombies to be added, feel free to drop me an email.

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However, Patient Zero as a book had me glued from start to finish, thanks to a strong cast of characters and well-written action scenes. I think fans of military-themed zombie apocalypse books will fully enjoy author Jonathan Mayberry’s release.

The plot centers on the legendary Joe Ledger, a hardened Baltimore detective, who joins a secret response team to stop terrorists. The mission: prevent the baddies from infecting people with a terrible bio-weapon that, essentially, turns them into zombies.

As an anthropologist, I really appreciate author Sophie Little field’s attention to underlying cultural themes, explored amid the bleak setting of a zombie apocalypse. Class then embarks on a dangerous search for her daughter, seeking help in a world filled with flesh-hungry Beaters (i.e. zombies).

Interestingly, I first met author Rhiannon Crater online many years ago on an obscure forum for horror fans. Fast-forward a decade later and Rhiannon is now an accomplished author being published by Tor Books.

And, yes, there are sections in the book where author Mira Grant veers too deep into the technical aspects of online journalism. The Newsflash series offers plenty of character and emotional depth, wrapped up by a largely satisfying ending.

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From Extinction Horizon and beyond, author Nicholas Smith feeds you an exquisite serving of frenzied zombie action. This military story follows Master Sergeant Reed Beckham who, as leader of his Delta Force Team, has lived through his fair share of nightmarish missions.

An epic catastrophe soon unfolds when they discover that infected zombies have started to spread across cities, threatening human extinction. While coming across as a back-to-basics thriller, you’ll be surprised to find a host of intriguing characters woven into an addictive narrative fabric.

This opens her eyes to the outside world for the first time; an existence plagued by a zombie apocalypse within which, unbeknownst to her, she has a role to play. A zombie book less about in-your-face action and more focused on fostering a genuinely creepy atmosphere.

Older than most books on this list, The Rising treks a father’s journey through a zombie apocalypse in an effort to rescue his son. The Rising is credited for partially helping to jump-start the new wave of zombie survival fiction.

The plot centers on a group of students who find themselves trapped in school, with a zombie horde pounding to get in. In Cell, a zombie -like virus known as The Pulse is able to spread via cellphone reception, turning people into hungry, angry freaks.

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However, I think the strong plot and surprisingly charming characters will definitely find an audience with adults alike. However, as far as zombie novels go, The Briefing seems to be a hugely overlooked gem for the genre (based on the many five-star reviews I’ve read).

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