Wednesday, October 17, 2012

5 Teen Zombie Books For Your Consumption [Reading List]

With The Walking Dead's premiere this last weekend, I've got zombies on my brain. No.  I did not just say I have a zombie brain.  But I can't stop thinking about them.  I even perused the CDC's zombie preparedness site.  Again.  So I thought hey, what better than to make a list of older (as in not pubbed this year) young adult zombie titles we've read and share them with you guys:

1.  My So-Called Death by Stacey Jay.  I seriously love this hilarious zombie high school book.  Any time someone asks me for a rec for a zombie book that's not just blood and gore, undead used-to-be cheerleader Karen Vera is my go-to girl.  She's funny, has high school problems you probably wouldn't even consider and can solve a mystery like no one's business.  Plus, I like the punny title.  What can I say?  I'm a sucker for punny horror mashed up into one story.

2. The Walking Dead: Book 1.  Every time I'm in public and I hear someone talking about the walking dead comic book, I cringe.  I know they didn't read it.  I know they are just showing off that they know TWD isn't an original made-for-tv series.  But it irks me.  That's why this makes the list.  Warning:  blood, gore and utter grossness inside.  But it's soooo worth it!  Especially if you're a fan of the series.  You always like to read the book before you see the movie, so pick up the graphic novels before you see the rest of the tv series.  It's fun and it's dangerously addicting.

3. Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay.  Wait, another Stacey Jay book?  Yeah.  Juliet Immortal is totally zombies.  Totally.  Just not your typical undead rising up and eating your brains kind.  It's sort of a beautiful dichotomy and totally not a Valentine's Day book like I originally thought it might be.  Romeo Redeemed, the sequel, just came out last week, and I can't wait to read it.  It was a unique concept, and a unique way to apply the zombie-principal to some of literature's most beloved teenaged characters of. all. TIME!

4. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan.  I pretty much trashed the audiobook version of this book.  And yes, there are good big gaping holes in the actions of the characters.  But I don't think I can recall a better book for getting your blood to curdle in the zombie atmosphere.  Even with its problems (many of which disappear when reading it vs. listening, I might add) it's a great zombie title that you will probably enjoy.  One of my friends even mentioned that she didn't get that they were zombies until the end and thinking about it.  Sorry if I ruined that part for you.

5. Zombies vs. Unicorns edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier.  Such a great compendium of shorts.  Team Zombie gets angsty toward Team Unicorn and I had a superbly great time devouring the stories and reading them aloud to teens and adults alike. There are many interpretations of zombie and unicorn for that matter, but I think you'll appreciate them all.  My favorite?  Scott Westerfeld's zombie short, "Inoculata."  Super fun, super unexpected and it took me a good while to figure out what was really going on.  Loved it.  (my fav unicorn story was "The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn" by Diana Peterfreund.  I read it aloud to Monster during a painting project and we both love love loved it.

Side note:  The links in bold link to our reviews, none of which are stellar.  We're totally snobby about our lit sometimes and I think it comes through as even stronger bias and snobbery when zombies are involved.  Probably because of the hours and hours and hours Shesten has spent with her family discussing and preparing for the zombie apocalypse.  No joke.  <---hence the CDC zombie site familiarity!

That's it for the "classics" (though I don't think I'd actually call them that) list, but I do want to share that I just ordered Alice in Zombieland and am kind of excited about it.

What zombie books that weren't published in 2012 would you put on the list?