I started my zombie adventure by reading Zombie Haiku in full. The book is a series of haiku poems written by a man trying to escape a zombie apocalypse. It was a quick and relatively pain
This one has been a smash hit with both my male and female reluctant readers and also my horror fans.
I continued the journey with John Maberry's Rot and Ruin (the first in a planned trilogy). This was more my style and I quickly became engrossed in the story. In zombie-apocalypse California, multi-racial (Caucasian and Japanese) protagonist Benny Imura has reached the age where he must decide on a career. Since his parents death (and subsequent zombification) when Benny was young, he has been raised by his emotionally distant half-brother Tom, a zombie bounty hunter. Benny had planned on a career within the safety of the fences, but Tom invites him to train with him out in the Rot & Ruin, and he quickly discovers that "killing zoms" more about brains than braun and that zombies
I was definitely surprised by how much I enjoyed Rot & Ruin, but my passion for character-driven zombie novels really reached its apex with Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Wow! I can't believe it took me this long to finally get around to reading these books. Why didn't I just listen when everyone was raving about the first one years ago?
It's a familiar scene: zombie apocaplyse, most of the world taken over by the living dead (known here as the Unconsecrated), only remaining survivors live a pared down existence protected from the zombies (who live in the Forest of Hands and Teeth) by a fence. The sisterhood rule the town with an iron fist and distribute information about the Unconsecrated, life before and life outside the fence on a "need to know" basis. Then there's a breach. The town is overrun by Unconsecreated and it's up to Mary and the handful of others who have escaped to search for safety beyond the fence.
So. Good. I plowed through all three of the books (thank goodness the third and final volume was *just* released) in a matter of days. But if you're still not sure it's something you're interested in, watch this trailer.
Now get to the nearest library, bookstore and/or ereader and start reading.
ETA: As if reading my mind, there is now a zombie-proof house!
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