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August 5: Top Ten Books I’d Give To Readers Who Have Never Read X (examples: New Adult novels, historical fiction, a certain author, books about a certain topic, etc)
I chose People Who Don’t Read Zombie Books, because it’s a favorite topic of mine, and plenty of people don’t appreciate it. Here are some fun, unique, or otherwise interesting stories that happen to have zombies.
1. Allison Hewitt is Trapped; Madeleine Roux. Bookstore employee blogs the zombie apocalypse, and then takes action when things get even grimmer, proving that bookish people can kick some living dead butt.
2. Boneshaker; Cherie Priest. Steampunk zombies, with the required goggles (and face masks, the zombies are created by a gas). A city surrounded by the gas, and people who live there anyway–very, very carefully.
3. Enclave; Ann Aguirre. A YA dystopia, with people living in tunnels underground, scavenging and fighting off the Freaks, shambling cannibals–and surviving okay. Until the Freaks start organizing…
4. Ex-Heroes; Peter Clines. Superheroes fighting to keep a small town’s worth of people safe from the zombies hordes, the beginning of an excellent series, and will answer the question you never knew you needed answered–what happens when a superhero is bitten by a zombie?
5. Feed; Mira Grant. A modern zombie outbreak, caused by artificially created viruses mutating–now everyone’s infected, and everyone turns when they die. Keeping society going is a struggle, but some brave bloggers provide connection, information, and sometimes go poke the zombies with a stick.
6. Forest of Hands and Teeth; Carrie Ryan. A world where the zombie hordes were never beat back, and humans retreated to walled cities to survive, surrounded by forests full of the dead. A lyrical story. Also, an interesting religious story line woven into the apocalypse.
7. Married with Zombies; Jesse Peterson. Romances more your thing? Then this cute story about a couple dealing with a rocky marriage and zombies might be your cup of tea. A cute, fun story–with zombies.
8. My Life as a White Trash Zombie; Diana Rowland. An interesting kind of zombie–the sort that stays intelligent so long as they have a steady diet of human brains. A heroine from the wrong side of the tracks, who’s determined to turn her second life around.
9. World War Z; Max Brooks. Despite the terrible movie, this is a great book. Thoughtful, it raises a lot of questions about the morality of war–what cost is too high to win? Interviews of survivors, it’s easily read in chunks, but forms a cohesive story.
10. Zombies vs Unicorns; Holly Black. A short story collection, with some outstanding (and usually funny) stories about zombies–and unicorns, too, if you’re into that kind of thing. The authors’ comments on which is better, the walking dead or mythical beast, are hilarious, too.