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Aftertime (Aftertime #1)

by Sophie Littlefield

Survivors (Aftertime, #1.5), Rebirth (Aftertime, #2), Horizon (Aftertime, #3)

Set in a dystopian world and featuring zombies, “Aftertime” is the first novel in a new series. Cass Dollar had been taken by zombies and turned into one of them. But she got better somehow. Now all she wants to do is find her daughter.

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Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy #1)

by Mira Grant

Deadline (Newsflesh Trilogy, #2),Blackout (Newsflesh Trilogy, #3),Countdown (Newsflesh Trilogy Novella),Fed (Alternate ending)

In 2014, two experimental viruses—a genetically engineered flu strain designed by Dr. Alexander Kellis, intended to act as a cure for the common cold, and a cancer-killing strain of Marburg, known as “Marburg Amberlee”—escaped the lab and combined to form a single airborne pathogen that swept around the world in a matter of days. It cured cancer. It stopped a thousand cold and flu viruses in their tracks.

It raised the dead.

Millions died in the chaos that followed. The summer of 2014 was dubbed “The Rising,” and only the lessons learned from a thousand zombie movies allowed mankind to survive. Even then, the world was changed forever. The mainstream media fell, Internet news acquired an undeniable new legitimacy, and the CDC rose to a new level of power.
Set twenty years after the Rising, the Newsflesh trilogy follows a team of bloggers, led by Georgia and Shaun Mason, as they search for the brutal truths behind the infection. Danger, deceit, and betrayal lurk around every corner, as does the hardest question of them all:

When will you rise?

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The First Days (As The World Dies: A Zombie Trilogy #1)

by Rhiannon Frater

Fighting to Survive (As The World Dies: A Zombie Trilogy, #2), Siege (As The World Dies: A Zombie Trilogy, #3)

Rhiannon Frater’s As the World Dies trilogy is an internet sensation. The first two books, The First Days and Fighting to Survive, have won the Dead Letter Award for Best Novel from Mail Order Zombie. The First Days was named one of the Best Zombie Books of the Decade by the Harrisburg Book Examiner. AmericanHorrorBlog calls Rhiannon Frater “a writer to watch.”

The morning that the world ends, Katie is getting ready for court and housewife Jenni is taking care of her family. Less than two hours later, they are fleeing for their lives from a zombie horde. Thrown together by circumstance, Jenni and Katie become a powerful zombie-killing partnership, mowing down zombies as they rescue Jenni’s stepson, Jason, from an infected campground. They find sanctuary in a tiny, roughly fortified Texas town. There Jenni and Katie find they are both attracted to Travis, leader of the survivors; and the refugees must slaughter people they know, who have returned in zombie form.

Fast-paced and exciting, filled with characters who grab your heart, The First Days: As the World Dies is the beginning of a frightening trilogy.

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The Iron Duke (Iron Seas #1)

by Meljean Brook

Wild & Steamy (Iron Seas #0.4), Here There Be Monsters (Iron Seas, #0.5), The Iron Duke (Iron Seas, #1), Mina Wentworth and the Invisible City (Iron Seas, #1.5), Heart of Steel (Iron Seas, #2), Riveted (Iron Seas, #3)

First in an all-new series where seductive danger and steampunk adventure abound in the gritty world of the Iron Seas.

After the Iron Duke freed England from Horde control, he instantly became a national hero. Now Rhys Trahaearn has built a merchant empire on the power-and fear-of his name. And when a dead body is dropped from an airship onto his doorstep, bringing Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth into his dangerous world, he intends to make her his next possession.

But when Mina uncovers the victim’s identity, she stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone in England. To save them, Mina and Rhys must race across zombie-infested wastelands and treacherous oceans-and Mina discovers the danger is not only to her countrymen, as she finds herself tempted to give up everything to the Iron Duke.

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Rot & Ruin (Benny Imura #1)

by Jonathan Maberry

First Night Memories (Benny Imura, #0.5), Rot & Ruin (Benny Imura, #1), In The Land Of The Dead (Benny Imura, #1.5), Dust & Decay (Benny Imura, #2), Dead & Gone, Flesh & Bone (Benny Imura, #3), Fire & Ash (Benny Imura, #4), The Rot & Ruin Collection

In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash—but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.

Acclaimed horror author Jonathan Maberry makes his young adult debut with this detail-rich depiction of a post-apocalyptic world where humanity has fallen, the dead have risen, and danger is always imminent.

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Note after posting re: The Passage- My apologies to the entire vampire population for calling you zombies. I think I was the zombie after reading The Passage. But yes, they are vampires, not zombies. I’m going to still keep The Passage on my post. It’s good for a laugh and regardless, it is a good book to read!



The Passage (The Passage #1)

by Justin Cronin

The Twelve (The Passage, #2),The City of Mirrors (The Passage #3)

“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.”

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.

With The Passage, award-winning author Justin Cronin has written both a relentlessly suspenseful adventure and an epic chronicle of human endurance in the face of unprecedented catastrophe and unimaginable danger. Its inventive storytelling, masterful prose, and depth of human insight mark it as a crucial and transcendent work of modern fiction.

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The Return Man

by V.M. Zito


The outbreak tore the USA in two. The east remains a safe haven. The west has become a ravaged wilderness, known by survivors as the Evacuated States. It is here that Henry Marco makes his living. Hired by grieving relatives, he tracks down the dead and delivers peace.

Now Homeland Security wants Marco for a mission unlike any other. He must return to California, where the apocalypse began. Where a secret is hidden. And where his own tragic past waits to punish him again.

But in the wastelands of America, you never know who – or what – is watching you.

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The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye (The Walking Dead trade paperbacks #1)

by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore (Illustrator)

The Walking Dead, Vol. 1 – Vol. 16

An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months, society has crumbled: There is no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. Rick Grimes finds himself one of the few survivors in this terrifying future. A couple months ago he was a small town cop who had never fired a shot and only ever saw one dead body. Separated from his family, he must now sort through all the death and confusion to try and find his wife and son. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally begin living.

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Raising Stony Mayhall

by Daryl Gregory


In 1968, after the first zombie outbreak, Wanda Mayhall and her three young daughters discover the body of a teenage mother during a snowstorm. Wrapped in the woman’s arms is a baby, stone-cold, not breathing, and without a pulse. But then his eyes open and look up at Wanda — and he begins to move.

The family hides the child — whom they name Stony — rather than turn him over to authorities that would destroy him. Against all scientific reason, the undead boy begins to grow. For years his adoptive mother and sisters manage to keep his existence a secret — until one terrifying night when Stony is forced to run and he learns that he is not the only living dead boy left in the world.

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Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies)

by Isaac Marion


A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love—with a human—in this astonishingly original debut novel.

R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.

Not just another zombie novel, Warm Bodies is funny, scary, and deeply moving.

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Working Stiff (Revivalist #1)

by Rachel Caine

Two Weeks’ Notice (Revivalist, #2)

Bryn Davis was killed on the job after discovering her bosses were selling a drug designed to resurrect the dead. Now, revived by that same drug, she becomes an undead soldier in a corporate war to take down the very pharmaceutical company responsible for her new condition….

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Lust After Death (Love Bots #1)

by Daisy Harris

Studenstein, Built 4 It, One Night Steined (Love Bots, #4)


In the Pacific Northwest, where life hurries to keep pace with technology, a re-animated bride named Josie struggles to escape her creator and to find her identity in the half-erased circuitry of her mind and body.Assassin Bane Connor just wants to get the girl to the Zombie Underground and receive his payoff-a mental reset that will erase his memories as well as his guilt. But an attack by a rival faction derails his rescue, and the wide-eyed female whose circuitry requires a husband tears at his hardened heart and ignites desire like he’s never known.Acting as Josie’s spouse-substitute is tougher than Bane expected. The newborn stein needs touch to live, and wanting her is a complication he doesn’t need. To make matters worse, she sees into the darkest recesses of his mind. The last thing a killer wants is for his lover to read his thoughts, but if Josie can love him the way he’s programmed, perhaps Bane can find a way to heal his past.

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So we told you our favorites, now it is your turn! What books did we forget from out list?


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Michelle, the Bookshelf StalkerWhen I'm not with the family, with the dog, at work, playing outdoors, or watching football, I'm reading. I LOVE to read. In my dream world, I'm getting paid to read and I do it all day, everyday. In the real world, I do it as a hobby but would love if it was my career. I'm the ONLY reader in my family and I've found that people CAN become jealous of books. I'll read almost anything but prefer urban fantasy, paranormal romance, post-apocalyptic, horror, historical romance, erotica (especially dark erotica), and some historical fiction. However, if it is good, I'll read it! I have an e-reader that I love and a Mp3 full of audio books, I don't mind waiting in lines, sitting for hours at doctor's offices, or being stuck in traffic, it is the perfect opportunity to get just one more chapter in!

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  1. I would add “The Munchies” to that list – about marijuana that cross pollinates with cordyceps fungus (the one that turns ants into zombies!) and creates stoned zombies – more ‘funny’ than ‘scary’ but loved it and now my fave zombie book

    does anyone else know of more zombie horror/comedies – I guess kind of like ‘shaun of the dead’?

  2. world war z is awesome! gotta check that out if you haven’t. a new one ive found is COOKIE zombie apocalypse – female lead kicks zombie ass and it’s one of the funniest books ive read. pretty creepy as well cos the zombies talk!!!

  3. hi love some of the books posted but u forgot j l bournes’s trilogy day by day Armageddon best books I have ever read is a must if you love zombie books check them out you will not be able to put it down

  4. Stephen King’s Cell. First zombie book I ever read and have been obsessed since

  5. I can’t believe that Day by Day Armageddon or the sequel Beyond Exile didn’t even get mentioned. Or the Rising? If you get a chance read Day by Day….then you’ll know it should have made the list!

    • Totally agree! Since I originally wrote the post, I’ve been introduced to so many great zombie books. Keep the suggestions coming and I promise a part 2 that will include many of the great recommendations that have come my way.

  6. The morning star strain and day by day Armageddon are amazing

  7. I loved this brand new zombie novel on amazon kindle called ” The Nanobot Conspiracy: Fear The Dead”. Great story lines,subplots,characters and the zombie virus just went super high tech in this gem. Don’t want to ruin it for the rest in this must read zombie apocalypse. I hope Hollywood makes a movie out of this one. wow… I left a link for this 1st book in a series. Enjoy :)
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AWZ2V0K

  8. Thanks for all the recommendations. We are so excited to add some of your suggestions to our reading piles. Please don’t be shocked if your favorite zombie book was not included. While we read a lot of books, we cannot possibly read every single zombie book out there. The list above lists our favorite zombie books, books that we enjoyed.
    @Steph Chan – I’ve had Forest of Hands and Teeth on my list forever. I really must get to it soon, I keep hearing wonderful things about that book.
    @Jennifer Smith and Jenna K – I had not heard of the Zombie Fallout series – thanks for putting it on my radar.
    @kelly – I saw the movie trailer for World War Z and now I have to read that book for sure. Patient Zero is another book that I really want to read.
    @Adam – Haven’t heard of The Enemy, but I will be sure to look it up now.

    Thanks so much for the recs. We’ll have to do a Best Zombie book list #2 once we’ve read all your recs!

  9. Well The Enemy is about the best zombie book I’ve read so I recommend it

  10. World war Z, Patient Zero :)

  11. A great zombie book is the Zombie Fallout series.

    Could not put it down.

    Read more: http://www.istumbledupon.com/zombie-fallout-6-til-death-do-us-part-volume-6/

  12. Yet another awesome list that somehow does not include the Zombie Fallout series by Mark Tufo(my personal favorite)! Also I’m shocked that day by day Armageddon. And the morningstar strain are excellent and this is the first list i’ve seen that didn’t include them!

  13. I think you should check out The Hands of Forest and Teeth. It’s a trilogy which is very fast-paced and yet beautifully written.
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  14. I can’t believe you didn’t add three of my favorite zombie series.

    Rhiannon Frater – The first days (3 book series)

    Ilsa Bick – Ashes Triliogy This one is amazing!!

    And the very best
    Hollowland (triliogy) by Amanda Hocking
    :)

    • Rhiannon Frater’s series is up there. :) no way would we leave it off!

      I will definitely take a look at the other two. Thanks for the recs! If you love First days then I am sure to love the other two you recommended. :)

  15. This is a great list. I would add the book “Area 187″. This is an unusual but well written book that is quirky enough to earn a spot on this list.

  16. I think I was the one who first suggested The Passage! I am sorry! I still think they are kinda zombie lie ……

    Michelle I love your graphics.

  17. Good save, Michelle. Love the vampires vs. zombies!

  18. The White Flag of the Dead series (5 books), Snareville Series (2 books), Infected Series (2 books). I could name at LEAST another 60 great Z-poc books.

  19. No love for Max Brooks? ; )

  20. Patient Zero should be on that list, also by Jonathan Maberry.

  21. Awesome post. I added a few that I didnt have already to my TBR. I started The Iron Duke today and wasn’t even aware it had zombies in it!!

  22. This is a very comprehensive list, you guys. I had no idea before reading it that The Iron Duke was a steampunk zombie novel. Very interesting! Did you all see that The Twelve is available for Canadians to request on netgalley?

    I have to give a nod to This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers. It’s probably not a true “zombie novel” but I think I’d still claim it as my favorite. Great list~
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