Remember Twilight? Remember the great spin-off vampire stuff that came after? Vampire Diaries, Vampire Academy, and the House of Night series were some of the more popular ones. Well, zombies have taken over and it looks like they’re here to stay. Our young adult section here at The Book Table has a lot of great zombie novels. We already talked about World War Z, so we’ll skip that one (didn’t see that post? click here). Ready to experience the undead? Here we go!
Zom-B by Darren Shan (the “Bestselling Master of Horror”)
From the back cover: I want this to be a joke, some smartarses screwing with the rest of us. I’d be so happy if they were winding us up, I wouldn’t care that I’d been made a fool of. I’d laugh, admit I fell for it, hail them as champion pranksters.
But the blood’s real. The terror. The screams. And the zombies.
I spot the first of them coming. A boy I don’t recognize. His sweater and shirt are ripped. His stomach has been carved open. Guts drip from holes as he lurches forward. His eyes are unfocused, his lips caked with blood. He moves stiffly, but purposefully.
The undead boy grabs the girl who screamed. Pulls her hair back. Sinks his teeth into her throat. Rips out a strip of flesh and gurgles happily as blood sprays his face. I’ve seen blood fly in fights, movies, and computer games. But never like this. Nothing I’ve ever seen before has prepared me for this.
Undeadly by Michele Vaile
The day I turned 16, my boyfriend-to-be died. I brought him back to life. Then things got a little weird…
Molly Bartolucci wants to blend in, date hottie Rick and keep her zombie-raising abilities on the down-low. Then the god Anubis chooses her to become a reaper—and she accidentally undoes the work of another reaper, Rath. Within days, she’s shipped off to the Nekyia Academy, an elite boarding school that trains the best necromancers in the world. And her personal reaping tutor? Rath.
Life at Nekyia has its plusses. Molly has her own personal ghoul, for one. Rick follows her there out of the blue, for another…except, there’s something a little off about him. When students at the academy start to die and Rath disappears, Molly starts to wonder if anything is as it seems. Only one thing is certain—-Molly’s got an undeadly knack for finding trouble….
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
“A jubilant love story.”–Kirkus Review
‘R’ is having a no-life crisis–he is a zombie. He has no name, no memories and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.
Amongst the ruins of an abandoned city, R meets a girl. Her name is Julie and she is the opposite of everything he knows – warm and bright and very much alive, she is a blast of colour in a dreary grey landscape. For reasons he can’t understand, R chooses to save Julie instead of eating her, and a tense yet strangely tender relationship begins.
This has never happened before. It breaks the rules and defies logic, but R is no longer content with life in the grave. He wants to breathe again, he wants to live, and Julie wants to help him. But their grim, rotting world won’t be changed without a fight…
Zombies vs. Unicorns by Holly Black, Kathleen Duey, Meg Cabot, Garth Nix, Margo Lanagan, Naomi Novik, Diana Peterfreund, Justine Larbalestier, Libba Bray, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, Scott Westerfeld, and Carrie Ryan
“Zombies or unicorns? There’s no clear winner, unless it’s readers.”–Publishers Weekly
It’s a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths–for good and evil–of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad-ass) side of zombies. Contributors include many bestselling teen authors, including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan. This anthology will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.
Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.
Her father was right. The monsters are real….
To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….