Be A Part Of This BRAINNNN-fest With The 5 Best Zombie Books Of 2020

From “Day of the Dead” (movie, 1985), “The Resident Evil” franchise (video game, 1996 - 2020) to “World War Z” (novel, 1996) and “Train To Busan” (movie, 2016), zombie has been an undying (puns intended) topic for novelists, screenwriters, game designers and the like for a really long time. However, at The Midnight Garden, we believe that books are the best ways to communicate this brilliant antagonist figure to the mass. Hence comes this writing on the 5 best zombie books on the market right now.

Quick Comparison On 5 best zombie books

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Alden Bell

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Max Brooks

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M.R.Carey

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Isaac Marion

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Stephen King

Deeper Considerations on Best Zombie Books

What Makes These Books Worthy Of Being The 5 Best Zombie Books Of 2020?


This brilliant work follows Temple - a 15-year-old girl - as she embarks on a dark and haunting journey through the barren post-zombie apocalyptic land. Each page of this masterpiece will shed light on the savage nature of mankind left behind in this strange new society, through the words of Temple during her eerie adventures.

Unlike most action-packed, gory zombie books, “The Reapers Are the Angels” focuses on fostering a depressing and ghastly environment that seems to slowly crawl into the soul of readers, invoking their darkest fears.


  • What you will enjoy about this book:
    • The way this book slowly frightens readers by exploiting the loneliness in the new barren zombie swamped Earth.

    • The way the author - Alden Bell - develops Temple’s characteristics.

  • What you might not like about this book:

    • It can be a bit dissatisfying for those looking for an action-packed reading experience.



First of all, I have to warn you that this is not your everyday zombie apocalypse book. This edition can be considered as a guidebook not only to survive in an imagined zombie infested Earth, but can actually be applied to many real-world emergencies.

Throughout this edition, readers will find pages about the myths and origin of zombies, weapons and combat techniques, methods to fend off the oncoming undead hordes, as well as necessities to survive the end of the world.

Despite its entertaining nature, many chapters in this book are decent enough to be included in an official government survival guide. How awesome is that?

  • What you will enjoy about this book:
    • It is very fun to read.

    • Many pieces of knowledge in this book is applicable to real life emergencies.

  • What you might not like about this book:

    • It is prepared as a guidebook rather than a novel.



Despite having a 10-year-old girl named Melanie as the main character, ‘The Girl With All the Gifts” is nothing but a nail-biting thriller, where your ethical and moral standards will be tested constantly.

This book tells the story of Melanie, the most special test subject in a group of young human lab rats. This group of children are locked down in a military facility because they somehow can resist the effect of the ongoing worldwide plague, which turns people into flesh eating “hungries”.

Not only does M.R.Carey succeed in producing an impressive protagonist figure in Melanie, showing both the naivety and curiosity of a child as well as the bloodthirsty, atrocious side when the disease takes over, she also does an excellent job in building the ethical conflict between different sets of character.

  • What you will enjoy about this book:
    • It is action-packed.

    • All the characters are carefully constructed, bringing a lot of depth into the plot.

  • What you might not like about this book:

    • The plot unfolds rather slowly, with many sections considered unnecessarily verbose.

    • The ending, in my opinion, feels a bit rushed.



Our next entry in this list of best zombie apocalypse books drills into the sentimental aspect of the undead-ravaged ominous world. This book follows R - a zombie more peculiar than his kind - as he somehow manages to fall in love with a human girl (Julie) after saving her from his undead comrades.

Their love turns out to be the long-seeking cure for the zombie infested Earth.

Yes, you didn’t hear me wrong! Love, other than some complex chemical compounds, is the savior to this lifeless world.

Sound cliché, isn’t it? - But trust me, it is not at all a typical love story.

Using a much more soothing tone than most zombie books on the market, Isaac Marion still manages to brutally describe a god-forsaken, zombie-plagued world, in which mere human romance seems far-fetched, let alone a queer one between R and Julie.


  • What you will enjoy about this book:
    • This is a fun, sweet and optimistic piece of literature. In case you are binge-reading the best zombie books, “Warm Bodies” is a good break from all the grisly actions.

  • What you might not like about this book:

    • Traditional hardcore zombie fans will find this somewhat too soft, revolting even.



Have you ever pictured a scenario in which the common cell phone is the main catalyst in turning the whole world into bloodthirsty zombies? Well, that’s exactly what happens in Stephen King’s “Cell”.

In this novel, a strange type of virus, known as “The Pulse”, spreads unstoppably through cell phone reception, wiping people’s brains while turning them into hungry and senseless cannibals.

From the very beginning of this book, Stephen King has outstandingly captured our attention with an aggressive, no-nonsense style of writing. In my own opinion, “Cell” has THE fastest developing plot in this list that will keep you constantly on the edge of your seat. After all, it is written by Stephen King - the absolute legend in the horror genre.

  • What you will enjoy about this book:
    • The fast-paced, dynamic style of writing that will get you hooked from the very beginning.

  • What you might not like about this book:

    • The ending plot twist might not live up to your expectation.


Best Zombie Books - Detail Comparison table

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Wynn Kapit, Lawrence M. Elson

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Wynn Kapit, Lawrence M. Elson

Wynn Kapit, Lawrence M. Elson

I like this book because

The zombie apocalypse in this work is depicted masterfully.

It is the most “practical” of all books on zombie apocalypse on the market.

The author successfully develops the most awesome female protagonist.

The author combines romance and the brutality of the zombie apocalypse in a graceful manner.

The story unfolds captivatingly and extremely quickly right from the start.

Plot

4.7

4.5

4.9

4.6

4.9

Author’s depiction of the zombie apocalypse

4.9

4.5

4.7

4.7

4.8

Writing Style

Extremely detailed and descriptive

Extremely detailed and descriptive
Articulate and entertaining

Very meticulous in describing the emotional aspect of characters

Soothing and easy to read

Aggressive and fast-paced

Character Development

4.8

N/A

4.9

4.7

4.6

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Some of the must-watch movies adapted from the best zombie apocalypse books. Because who doesn’t want to see their favorite books cinematize!

Best Zombie Book

1. World War Z (2013)

Starring Brad Pitt, World War Z is considered to be one of the most adrenaline-pumping zombie movies of all time.

2. I Am Legend (2007)

Watching this movie is the equivalence of putting your emotion on a roller coaster. By the way, this is my all time favorite movie about the zombie apocalypse.

3. Pride and Prejudice and Zombie (2016)

You probably are thinking that this movie/book is just another cheap rip-off of Jane Austen’s 19th century masterpiece ‘Pride and Prejudice”, right? Trust me, this movie will give you one hell of a good time.

4. Extinction (2015)

Intense! Compelling! And original!

5. The Girl With All The Gifts (2016)

This movie is every bit as good as the novel!
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And The Best Zombie Book Award Goes To ….

“The Girl With All The Gifts” for its mind-blowing development of all characters. Furthermore, M.R.Carey, with his exceptional imagination, has composed a novel that talks about more than just the brutal and horrific zombie-overrun world. By adding valuable sentimental elements into the book, he has managed to both thicken the plot of this book, and introduce a fresher breath into the otherwise over-abused topic of zombies.

Choosing the best entry out of these 5 best zombie apocalypse books has kept me tossing and turning for many nights. So, fellow zombie-aholics, don’t make that same mistake! Just get on to all five! You will thank me later. 

  • So, have you chosen the Best Zombie Books for you yet? Do you suggest any others? Share with us!
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