10 Best Zombie Books Of All Time (Must-Read) | Favbookshelf

So here we are recommending the best zombie books to read. These are for those who need more undead entertainment in their life (only the fictional type of entertainment though; if the world is to end tomorrow it shouldn’t be because of creepy walking corpses, thank you very much!)

A quick warning: These books would have lots of blood and gore and violence (it’s post-apocalyptic, undead world, duh!). And deaths. Lots of death. So if it’s triggering or sensitive to you, don’t read further.

Minor Spoiler Alert: Its zombies. Not everyone is going to get out of it alive.

Best Zombie Books
Best Zombie Books

Also, P.S. All books are arranged in alphabetical order. Because duh, they all are awesome. So, let’s get started with the best zombie books of all time:


1. Ashes Trilogy by Ilsa J. Bick


About the Book

Ashes Trilogy by Ilisa J.Bick; Best Zombie Books
Ashes Trilogy by Ilisa J.Bick

Title: Ashes

Author: Ilsa J. Bick

Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Paranormal, Post-apocalypse

Publisher: Egmont USA

Type: Series

No. of Books: 3

Books in it: #1 Ashes, #2 Shadows, #3 Monsters

Goodreads rating: 3.7/5

Alex has lost a lot. Her parents, her country, and now she is losing herself too. When she bonds with people while trying to survive on the roads of a devastated world, she slowly learns the difference between surviving and living. But this is a changing world. And no place is safe enough for good people. Ashes Series by Ilsa J. Bick is a paranormal horror novel with a fresh take on zombies and the apocalypse.

Why do we recommend this book?

Found family trope strikes again. It’s not as good as others on the list, but the character growth and the plot twists keep one engaged. The writer knew what she was doing when she created these characters. If a story that focuses more on humanity’s survival than on human survival is your preference, then this one is for you.

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2. Cell by Stephen King


About the Book

Cell by Stephen King; Best Zombie Books
Cell by Stephen King

Title: Cell

Author: Stephen King

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Post Apocalyptic

Publisher: Pocket Star Books

Type: Standalone

Pages: 449

Goodreads Ratings: 3.6/5

The apocalypse started right in front of Graphic Artist Clay Riddell’s eyes, in the heart of Boston. Humans are turned into monsters, people are struggling, alliances are formed, and humanity’s worst is coming to life. Clay has found survivors, and each one of them wants to reach somewhere. But in a ruined world, who can you trust, including yourself? Thankfully Clay doesn’t own a cell phone.

Why do we recommend this book?

Cell, might not be everyone’s first choice when it comes to a book with a zombie theme, but it is quite commendable and enjoyable. King’s writing is consistent (awesome as it’s always been). It’s a good enough recommendation for thrill lovers. It’s an easy and entertaining read that doesn’t ask much to think about.

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3. Dread Nation Series by Justina Ireland


About the book

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland; Best Zombie Books
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Title: Dread Nation

Author: Justina Ireland

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Post Apocalyptic, Historical fiction (Alternate History)

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Type: Series

No. of books: 2

Books in it: #1 Dread Nation, #2 Deathless Divide

Goodreads Ratings: 4/5

Post-apocalyptic America has recovered from a lot. People are now safe. It’s been years since the dead started rising from their graves, and the country has finally found some stability. Or so they thought until families started going missing? Jane is doing her best to make a name for herself, but when her country starts to unravel, she finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy that could throw it right back into the abyss. Dread Nation follows Jane’s journey as she fights her way in a dead world to find the truth about her country and herself.

Why do we recommend this book?

Black zombie hunter? Badass heroines and enemies to friends development? Zombies and Politics? Subtle romance? There is nothing not to like in this book. Representation of women of color, racism, and ethnics dealt with so passionately, and women supporting women, Dread Nation is a present that only gets shinier with every page you turn.

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4. Reapers Series by Alden Bell


About the book

The Reapers by Alden Bell; Best Zombie Books
The Reapers by Alden Bell

Title: Reapers

Author: Alden Bell

Genre: Sci-Fi, Post Apocalyptic, Young Adult

Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

Type: Series

No. of Books: 2

Books in it: #1 Reapers and the angels, #2 Exit Kingdom

Goodreads Ratings: 3.8/5

While the world now consists of both living and dead walking around, survivors seek shelter and salvation from their haunting pasts and uncertain future. Temple lives in a society that is barely surviving after the zombie apocalypse hit it years ago. And now she is on the run. Being pursued by a killer and the demons within herself, the dead are the least of her worries. Desiring to stop, Temple has to decide what she wants from her life, and whether she is ready to forgive herself. The Reapers Series follows survivors of the apocalypse who can’t find their place in this ruined civilization.

Why do we recommend this book?

It might not be for those who are mainly here for the horror and action, but the Reapers series is one of the best zombie book\sever written. Zombies aren’t the main focus of these stories. The story is very character-driven, portraying how people will be if the world comes to an end. It depicts the real problems people face as they struggle to make sense of their role in an already ruined world. 

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5. Rot & Ruin Series by Jonathan Maberry


About the Book

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Title: Rot & Ruin

Author: Jonathan Maberry

Genre: Horror, Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Post Apocalypse

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

Type: Series

No. of Books: 7

Books in it: #1 Rot & Ruin, #2 Dust & Decay, #3 Flesh & Bone, #4 Fire & Ash, #5 Bits & Pieces, #6 Broken Lands, #7 Lost Roads

Goodreads rating: 4.2/5

The last thing Benny wants to do is become a zombie hunter apprentice, but he needs a job and is out of options. What he thought would be a routine job turned out to be one big adventure. Benny starts to understand what it means to be a human and how there’s more to life than surviving. It is a marvelous story of friendship, love, and connections. The Rot & Ruin Series is truly an exciting and action-packed read. The first five books follow the same storyline and cast, and the last two book consists of new characters. However, the storyline is interconnected, so the books are recommended to be read in sequence to avoid spoilers. 

Why do we recommend this book?

If the first book seems like it’s too much teenage drama and less zombie action, it’s completely alright. It is just a part of the character building, as the succeeding books in the series are absolute perfection. There isn’t a scarcity of zombies or power-hungry humans in it, and the character growth of ALL the characters throughout the series is fabulous. Yes, every character here has been given a character arc! How often do you see that in a dystopian novel?

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6. The End Games by T. Michael Martin


About the Book

The End Games by T. Michael Martin
The End Games by T. Michael Martin

Title: The End Games

Author: T. Michael Martin

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Post Apocalyptic

Publisher: HarperCollins

Type: Standalone

Pages: 369

Goodreads Ratings: 3.5/5

Michael and Patrick are brothers, and they have been playing The Game for weeks. The same game that brought the world back from the dead. They follow the rules so they could survive. But the game has evolved, and so have the monsters. The brothers have to decide whether the rules, are worth it anymore. A thrilling standalone by T. Michael Martin, The End Games tests loyalties, loves, and humanity as it follows the story of two brothers in an apocalyptic world. 

Why do we recommend this book?

Oh! The plot twists!!!!! The brothers’ love!!! The complex characters!!! Yes, the action is plain at most, but everything else? Too good to miss one for any reason!! Oh, and the writing too. Did we mention plot twists?

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7. The Enemy Series by Charlie Higson


About the Book

The Enemy by Charle Higson
The Enemy by Charle Higson

Title: The Enemy

Author: Charlie Higson

Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi

Publisher: Puffin

Type: Series

No. of Books: 7

Books in it: #1 The Enemy, #2 The Dead, #3 The Fear, #4 The Sacrifice, #5 The Fallen, #6 The Hunted, #7 The End

Goodreads rating: 4.5/5

Everyone over 14 years of age fell victim to a virus, and the surviving children are left behind to fend for themselves. It would have been a whole lot easier if the virus didn’t turn everyone into blood-crazed, flesh-hungry monsters. The series moves along with several children, written from their point of view as they had to grow up, struggling to survive in an adult less world. A fast-paced, humorous read, The Enemy is one of the best zombie-themed novels ever published. 

Why do we recommend this book?

Each and every book of this series is amazing. The protagonists are children, and the author did a great job in portraying their thoughts and actions staying true to their age. Reading about kids forced to grow up fast in an apocalyptic world is pretty heartbreaking, but the humor and actions make it an amazing read.

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8. The Forest of Hands and Teeth Series by Carrie Ryan


About the book

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan; Best Zombie Books
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Title: The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Author: Carrie Ryan

Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Young Adult

Publisher: Gollancz

Type: Series

No. of books: 3

Books in it: #1 The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #2 The Dead-Tossed Waves, #3 The Dark and Hollow Places

Goodreads Ratings: 4/5

Mary lives in a village surrounded by a fence that separates it from the forest of hands and teeth. But her life is thrown into chaos when the fence is broken. And she is about to find out that she might not have known everything about the world beyond the forest as she believed. The three books follow three different stories, each filled with horrors and mysteries as the secrets of the dead and the alive entangle until you aren’t sure what is safe and what is not.

Why do we recommend this book?

This one doesn’t have your everyday zombies or your everyday survivors. It’s a refreshing take on the undead, and the easy-to-follow writing style goes well with the plot. The girls in each story are different in many ways, and yet their strength will connect them. The storyline and mystery keep getting better with every book.

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9. The Rising Series by Brian Keene


About the book

 The Rising by Brian Keene; Best Zombie Books
The Rising by Brian Keene

Title: The Rising

Author: Brian Keene

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Post Apocalyptic, Adult, Thriller

Publisher: Leisure Books

Type: Series

No. of Books: 2

Books in it: #1 The Rising, #2 City of the Dead

Goodreads Ratings: 3.8/5

Something went wrong and now nothing dies completely as long as it has a brain. A group of misfits band together to battle the dead as they all try and make it to a safe place until the walking corpses become the least of their problems. There are other survivors, and the government special force is out for rescue. And one of the two is turning out to be a bigger threat. The Rising Series by Brian Keene answers the age-long question of just how far humanity will perish in the face of death.

Why do we recommend this book?

Okay, listen here. Zombiefied humans? Ok. But Zombiefied birds and animals? You have got to be joking. The story is written from various characters’ POVs which makes it easier to relate to characters and get attached to them which in turn makes their death worse. Yeah, this one is not for the faint-hearted. And the found family trope is superior to anything and everything, no matter what anyone says.

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10. This Is Not a Test Series by Courtney Summer


About the Book

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers; Best Zombie Books
This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

Title: This Is Not a Test

Author: Courtney Summers

Genre: Horror, Post Apocalyptic, Young Adult

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Type: Series

No. of books: 2

Books in it: #1 This is Not a Test, #2 Please Remain Calm

Goodreads Ratings: 3.8/5

Sloane Price was at school when people started biting each other. Now she is still at school, but alone. Until five other survivors reach her looking for shelter. Sloane had already lost her will to live months before the apocalypse started, but it’s not long before she starts to realize that the end of the world might be a better place to live in. This is not a test that follows Sloane as she finds people and meaning in her life in this amazingly written book by Courtney Summers.

Why do we recommend this book?

It is not a joke. This book right here is the best book on this list. Not really. No, it is. Teenagers with varying opinions and wills are stuck together in a school while the world outside goes to hell. Character developments, life lessons, and lots and lots of philosophy. Please, it’s perfect. 

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P.S. A great lesson from all of these books for everyone is – Join the gym. Zombie Survival Guide 101 also recommends cardio (at the end of literally every page, no kidding). Because if worse comes to worst, having no stamina is a sure way to be 100% screwed.

P.S: Some books recommended here are available on Kindle Unlimited. If you have subscribed to it, then you can read these books for free. Check out this article: Is Kindle Unlimited Worth It?

SO, to conclude here is the list of the Best Zombie Books:

1.Ashes Trilogy by Ilsa J. BickBuy the Book
2.Cell by Stephen KingBuy the Book
3.Dread Nation Series by Justina IrelandBuy the Book
4.Reapers Series by Alden BellBuy the Book
5.Rot & Ruin Series by Jonathan MaberryBuy the Book
6.The End Games by T. Michael Martin Buy the Book
7.The Enemy Series by Charlie HigsonBuy the Book
8.The Forest of Hands and Teeth Series by Carrie RyanBuy the Book
9.The Rising Series by Brian KeeneBuy the Book
10.This Is Not a Test Series by Courtney SummerBuy the Book
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