Monday, August 22, 2011

The Walking Dead, at Your Library

No question about it, zombies are hot right now. Here are a few notable zombie books I've read recently.

Ever since the first teenager walked the earth, adults have been the enemy. Now it's even more literally true, when a strange virus has turned everyone over sixteen into mindless cannibal monsters, leaving kids and young teenagers to fend for themselves in an increasingly desperate fight. It's not for the faint of stomach, but for those that like their zombie movies both gory and thought-provoking, The Enemy by Charlie Higson is a sure bet.

Every year, kids' and teen lit bloggers give out awards known as the Cybils. This year's YA Science Fiction/Fantasy Cybil was awarded to Jonathan Maberry's Rot and Ruin. The zombie apocalypse happened when Benny Imura was eighteen months old, and he only remembers his older brother Tom's cowardice, abandoning their parents to save himself and Benny. Now, at fifteen, Benny has to get a job, and the only one available is hunting zombies - with Tom. One turn as his brother's apprentice will upend everything he ever believed about Tom, about zombies, and about himself.

For a lighter tone, kids should try David Lubar's Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie series, starting with My Rotten Life. Nathan was just trying out a strange concoction that was supposed to erase his bad feelings, and now most of his body is dead! It's kind of cool because he can glue his thumb back on when it's been snapped off, but he misses being alive. Follow his adventures in four more books.

--Maureen K.


  1. Check out Max Brooks "World War Z" - it's a narrative about life before, during, and after the zombie apocalypse. Great read.

  2. I've heard that's really good. Have you also read Mira Grant's Feed series?


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