What are good apocalyptic zombie books?

Question by music.books93: What are good apocalyptic zombie books?
I’ve been watching a lot of zombie apocalypse movies, like Day of the Dead, Resident Evil, etc. and I got to thinking about reading books with those kinds of plots. I don’t know a lot of books that have to do with zombies. It’s all vampires and I’m totally sick of those. I also like any apocalyptic books, like The Book of Eli, even though that’s a movie, and the end of civilization kind of thing.
Thanks so much!

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5 Responses to What are good apocalyptic zombie books?

  1. Aveway says:

    I’m reading one right now that I really like. It’s called Zombie Apocalypse(Original, no? xD) It was written by Stephen Jones and it’s a collection of letters, e-mails, text messages, blogs, transcripts, and diaries.

  2. CheeseHead says:

    Oh, you’re like me. I’m a big sci-fi apocalypse fan. Try The Stand by Stephen King, if you want something really long and deep. Cell by Stephen King is a lot simpler, but still mind-blowing. Cell is actually one of my favorite books.

    If you want something lighter, try World War Z. To be honest, I like the post-apocalypse movies a lot more than the books, for some reason. You should watch the Matrix and 2012.

  3. Dane Coriell says:

    There are a lot of Wikipedia entries that list all the apocalyptic books, but they don’t tell you which ones are worth reading. I love that particular genre, so here are my favorites:

    – The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan: 200 years after a zombie apocalypse, survivors lived inside a fenced compound with the zombies outside. When the fence is breached, the teen heroine must escape to the zombie wilderness with friends to survive.

    – The Shore of Monsters by David J. Nix: 100 years after a horde of monsters destroyed humanity, the survivors live on islands off the shore. All the men are dead or ruined by a monster plague, and women maintain the race through medical means. Words live ‘father’ and ‘romance’ have lost meaning. When 17-year old Sky joins an expedition to the monster-infested shore, and it fails, she must survive in the ruins amongst the creatures. She gets very unexpected help from a surprising source that changes everything.

    – World War Z by Max Brooks: Another zombie apocalypse, told in documentary style. Soon to be a Brad Pitt movie.

    – The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier: When you die you go to a “city” where you exist as long as others are living on earth that remember you. The city suddenly begins shrinking, and the residents try to determine why. Spoiler: dark ending.

    – The Road by Cormac McCarthy: Dark story of a father and son surviving in a wasteland after a nuclear war has poisoned the planet. Very grim, with just a glimmer of hope at the end. This novel will hurt, but it will make you think.

    – Z for Zechariah by Robert C. O’Brien: A teen girl in an oasis in a nuclear wasteland might be the only survivor. However, a man arrives in a radiation suit, lifting her spirits. Soon the girl begins wondering if being alone wasn’t better. This is a classic.

    – Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle: Survivors rebuild after a comet smacks Earth and destroys civilization.

    – The Stand by Stephen King: After a plague destroys most of humanity, the survivors split into two camps: good and evil. They struggle against one another for the soul of the future. King wrote this before he became the master of horror, and it is still his best.

    – A Canticle for Liebowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.: Priests protect documents centuries after a nuclear war destroyed everything. It turns out the documents are the only remaining remnants of advance science. Another classic.

    – The Postman by David Brin: A loner brings hope to the survivors of a nuclear war. Hard to describe, but a fantastic book.

    Others to look up on Amazon that I liked: Earth Abides, The Long Tomorrow, The Vault of Ages, Kelwin, Riddley Walker, I Am Legend, Daybreak 2250 A.D., Eternity Road, Shipbreaker.

  4. Kelley says:

    Day by Day Armageddon by JL Bourne
    Cell by Stephen King
    Dying to Live by Kim Paffenroth
    World War Z by Max Brooks
    Plague of the Dead by ZA Recht
    The Living Dead 1 and 2 are fantastic short story compilations including stories by many of today’s top authors. It’s edited by John Joseph Adams. All the stories are zombie, but there is a lot of variation on the zombie apocalypse theme.

    If you’re interested in something young adult, try The Enemy by Charlie Higson.

    You might also try I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (nothing like the movie) and The Strain by Guillermo del Toro. They’re both categorized as vampire, but they are not your normal vampires (no sparkling). They are apocalyptic tales and both are excellent.

    There’s a lot of good suggestions for straight up apocalyptic fiction above. My personal favorites:
    One Second After by William Forstchen
    The Road by Cormac McCarthy
    The Postman by David Brin
    The Stand by Stephen King
    Swan Song by Robert McCammon
    Earth Abides by George R Stewart
    Dies the Fire by SM STirling
    Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (and Handmaid’s Tale and The Year of the Flood)
    Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven

    Young adult:
    Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness
    Blood Red Road by Moira Young
    Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

    Every time I think I’ve finished a list of post apocalyptic favorites, I’ll remember another one, so I’m stopping. I’m sure there some I’ve read that I’ve missed typing here.

  5. Nerd Nerdington says:

    world war z, it has accounts of the survivors and stuff
    Its by Max Brooks and they is also a zombie survival guide by him.

    There is going to be a movie of world war z, they are filming it where i live, and i met BRAD PITT!

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