The 10 Best Zombie Books

Updated March 23, 2018 by Quincy Miller

10 Best Zombie Books
The Walking Dead: Compendium One
The Last Bastion of the Living
The Girl With All The Gifts
We spent 22 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. When the apocalypse comes, it will have teeth — and an insatiable appetite for your gray matter. If that sounds like fun to you, then you'll love the brilliant zombie books on our list. Our selections offer a mix of pulse-pounding action, macabre humor, and stomach-turning gore, ensuring that the dead won't be the only ones coming back for more. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best zombie book on Amazon.

10. Zone One

A zombie book by a Pulitzer Prize-nominated author? Yep, Zone One is post-apocalyptic high-literature, and possibly the most polarizing selection on this list. It's masterfully crafted, but may be too slow-paced and introspective for hardcore fans of the genre.
  • offers a variety of zombie types
  • exceptional and intelligent prose
  • plot lacks structure
Publisher Zone One
Model n/a
Weight 1.6 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

9. Patient Zero

Patient Zero starts with Detective Joe Ledger killing a terrorist. Then he has to kill that same terrorist again. By this point, he's beginning to think something may be amiss — and the novel never stops throwing curveballs at both him and the reader.
  • plot has more action than horror
  • perfect for fans of michael crichton
  • exposition slows story at times
Publisher Jonathan Maberry
Model n/a
Weight 12 ounces
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

8. Zombie, Ohio

You might think using an undead narrator would be a bad idea, but Zombie, Ohio proves you wrong on every page. Following the adventures of a recently-reanimated college professor, it charts his transformation while he examines the circumstances surrounding his death.
  • elements of film noir
  • incredibly and darkly funny
  • protagonist isn't sympathetic
Publisher Zombie, Ohio
Model n/a
Weight 11 ounces
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

7. The Last Bastion of the Living

The Last Bastion of the Living tries to do a lot of things at once and, for the most part, it succeeds. It's a look at a futuristic world where humans have long-since resigned themselves to predation, and it deftly combines sci-fi, horror, and even romance.
  • juggles multiple storylines well
  • depicts a realistic dystopia
  • ending may be unsatisfying for some
Publisher Frater Rhiannon
Model n/a
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

6. Newsflesh: Feed

Newsflesh: Feed looks at a world that's cured cancer, but also inadvertently unleashed a plague of walking corpses. Two intrepid reporters attempt to reveal the conspiracy behind the apocalypse, and they manage to have lots of campy, bloodcurdling fun along the way.
  • filled with tense political thrills
  • poignant and exceptional ending
  • gets bogged down in details
Publisher Newsflesh: Feed
Model n/a
Weight 12 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

5. The Walking Dead: Compendium One

Fans of the show will love The Walking Dead: Compendium One, but it's great, gory fun even if you've never seen a second of the TV series. Covering the first 48 issues of the comic, you'll find the artwork brutal and beautiful — but just don't get the Kindle version.
  • includes commentary from creators
  • fully-developed characters
  • some plot points feel contrived
Publisher Image Comics
Model 9781607060765
Weight 4.6 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

4. Raising Stony Mayhall

Raising Stony Mayhall follows a young boy who's quite different from other kids his age. A loving family gets him to adolescence, but the little corpse soon finds out that the rest of the world isn't so hospitable, and that his fellow undead might be the most human of all.
  • surprisingly heart-wrenching
  • focuses on tension rather than gore
  • original and gripping premise
Publisher Raising Stony Mayhall
Model n/a
Weight 12.8 ounces
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

3. The Girl With All The Gifts

If you're interested in deep reflections on the nature of humanity, then The Girl With All The Gifts should be perfect. It's a tale about an undead girl who forms a strong bond with one of the living, rendering her an outcast among both the animated and the reanimated.
  • science-based look at the subject
  • well-paced with surprising reveals
  • steadily ratchets up the tension
Publisher Carey M R
Model n/a
Weight 13.6 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

2. Extinction Horizon

While the living dead are obsessed with brains, sometimes it feels good to turn yours off, which makes Extinction Horizon such wonderful, mindless fun. The action is constant and unrelenting, so don't start it at bedtime (unless you want to be a zombie at work, that is).
  • powerful and unique villains
  • relatable and realistic characters
  • relationships develop organically
Publisher Extinction Horizon
Model n/a
Weight 1 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

1. World War Z

Forget the Brad Pitt movie when you dig into World War Z. Told in a diary-style narrative, it recounts a long and costly fight against the undead from the first-person accounts of men and women who survived the apocalypse. It may not be high art, but it's tons of fun.
  • covers multiple perspectives
  • good for fans new to genre
  • quick and easy read
Publisher Brooks, Max
Model n/a
Weight 1.3 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

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Last updated on March 23, 2018 by Quincy Miller

Quincy is a writer who was born in Texas, but moved to Los Angeles to pursue his life-long dream of someday writing a second page to one of his screenplays.


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