Best Zombie Fiction

Danielle Fletcher
• Saturday, 07 November, 2020
• 12 min read

If you’re tired of tales of humans surviving amidst the zombie apocalypse, you’ll be pleased to know that this book focuses on dogs. Following a group of canine survivors as they navigate the combined world, Book of Riley is the perfect choice for animal lovers seeking a fresh take on zombie sci-fi.

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Stephen King’s Cell is one of the first works of fiction to make the explicit link between modern technology and the way that it causes people to become like zombies. Aside from the social commentary, Cell offers a classic King story showing survivors adjusting to a world in which all cellphone users have been turned to violent predators lacking humanity.

In Reapers Are The Angels, Alden Bell sets his tale in an America where zombies have been roaming freely for more than a quarter of a century. This is the backdrop for protagonist Temple’s story of survival, against the undead world in which she lives, and also against the parts of her past which continue to haunt her.

Reapers Are The Angels has been praised as a gripping work of zombie sci-fi with an emotionally engaging protagonist. Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Mayberry depicts a post-apocalyptic America in which resources are strictly limited and even teenagers are expected to help society.

Benny IRA is the teenage main character who finds his zombie hunting apprenticeship to be a valuable insight into what it means to be truly alive. The story is told through a diary format which starts off showing everyday life for the main character before quickly depicting how society responds to the zombie plague.

After a science experiment gone wrong causes the zombie apocalypse to begin, it is down to an FBI agent to protect a vulnerable orphan. As well as exploring the aftermath of such a scenario, The Passage offers a touching and personal story of survival.

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The Forest of Hands and Teeth is set in a mysterious world where the all powerful Sisterhood organization is in total control. When the mysterious Forest of Hands and Teeth is finally breached, Mary discovers the shocking truth of her world.

No Easy Hope tells the story of a survivor of a devastating outbreak of zombie chaos. When the predicted end of the world occurs, the book’s protagonist must travel to reunite with his mentor.

Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend is an exploration of a single survivor making his way through a world of hungry, vampire zombies ready and willing to end his life. The book shares some similarities with the popular Hollywood adaptation, but provides a deeper insight into the scenario, and also offers a more positive message.

Instead, Gena Show alter offers a truly imaginative take on zombie fiction, choosing to portray her zombies as being of the spirit world. The book packs in plenty of humor stemming from the likeable group of main characters.

The plot has added depth due to the presence of the shadowy Hazmat organization whose true motives are totally unknown. Zombie Road: Convoy of Carnage Amazon Kindle Edition Simpson, David A.

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Convoy of Carnage by David A Simpson tells the tale of a motley crew of survivors who have made it through the initial hours of a zombie outbreak. The survivors must make a dangerous cross-country journey in order to reach a hoped for place of safety.

The story explores the conflict between looking out for personal interests in such a scenario and trying to do the right thing for the benefit of the greater good. Jenny and Katie are the tough female protagonists forced to survive a country suddenly infested by zombies.

The First Days combine the best gore and tension characteristic of the zombie sci-fi genre with a touching personal story of friendship and survival amidst the most harrowing circumstances imaginable. This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers focuses on a small group of survivors trying to desperately to barricade themselves in from a marauding horde of zombies.

This is Not a Test is a refreshing change of setting and pace from the typical zombie survival epic often found in the genre. The Remaining by DJ Moles is centered on an Army Captain aiming to make a brave stand against the zombie takeover of humanity.

The Girl With All the Gifts has been widely praised for not only its unique choice of zombie character, but its high death count and other elements that ensure traditional zombie sci-fi fans will find plenty on offer here. Seth Grahame-Smith provides a unique mashup of classic literature and modern zombie tropes in this humorous sci-fi story.

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The classic plot of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice forms the basis of an amusing but gory tale which has won rave reviews from fans of the genre and readers in general. If you think you’d enjoy Jane Austen’s stories if they were set in a zombie infested England, this is the book for you.

The first installment in Amanda Hocking’s Hollow land series is a brief but powerful story centered on a nineteen-year-old survivor of a zombie outbreak. The book’s main character, Remy, must travel across a zombie ravaged America in search of her little brother.

The zombies found here are powerful and fast moving, and the rapid pace of the story is well suited to this type of undead villain. Rachel Dukes transplants the familiar tropes of a zombie survival story onto the framework provided by Dante’s classic Inferno.

Zombie sci-fi powerhouse author Jonathan Mayberry begins his Joe Ledger series with Patient Zero. The book introduces the Department of Military Sciences, a task force responsible for handling the most extreme situations the USA could ever face.

The book’s main character, a grizzled detective, provides plenty of grit and action as Mayberry’s story progresses. The first installment of the Morningstar series, Plague of the Dead, sees a world ravaged by a pandemic unleashing brutal zombies upon humanity.

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The story focuses on the brave resistance put up my fighters across the world, and the journalistic efforts to expose the shocking origin of the zombie outbreak. The fear, the desperation, and the will to survive and the tactics employed to do so are all pivotal part of a zombie apocalypse novel.

Zombies that come from other biological means such as experiments gone awry, mutated viruses, technological accidents, or scientific study... You're looking at science fiction. A range of genre types have been included, so fans of comedic zombie sci-fi will find something suitable, as will those who prefer more gory or horrific fare.

If the books aren’t personal favorites of mine, I’ve found them through the trusted recommendations of fellow zombie sci-fi fans, not to mention the best bloggers out there.

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