Something that’s always intrigued me, is our love for stories about a post-apocalyptic world where the human race falls from glory. Whether its Mad Max, Shaun of the Dead, or the Walking Dead, zombie apocalypse stories are always popular. Things are no different in the world of fiction, these are the best Zombie Apocalpyse books for young adults.
Zom-B series – Darren Shan
A zombie out-break is gripping Ireland, but one of the biggest problems in B’s life is their racist dad, who isn’t taking the impending apocalypse seriously. After the zombie’s attack B’s school, he comes to the rescue. B’s not only worried about surviving, but their integrity too.
What I love about Darren is that he takes normal horror tropes like zombies and vampires and puts his own spin on them. If you enjoy Zom-b, you might also like the Saga of Darren Shan.
The Dead – Charlie Higson
The Dead is part of The Enemy series by Charlie Higson, but you don’t need to have read the other books to keep up with this YA zombie books.
A disease is striking everyone over the age of 14 and turning them into zombies, leaving the children to fend for themselves. The outbreak starts with a viral video uploaded to Youtube by who becomes known as The Scared Kid documenting rabid “mothers and fathers”. It becomes appart very soon that the video wasn’t a viral prank, and there is a very real threat facing humanity.
The outbreak not only tests the survival skills of the kids and teenagers left behind but their friendship too.
More than this – Patrick Ness
More than this is less about zombies but still pretty apocalpyric which is why it made the cut.
Seth wakes up on the shore of the English town he grew after drowning thinking that he died and went to hell. He dreams of his life in America every night, and how his parents blamed him for his younger brother being kidnapped when they were children. He meets other teenagers and realizes that he had been living in a simulation of the real world.
This was the first book I read as a teenager where there was LGBTQ+ characters who just exist, without the book needing to be a coming out story. LGBTQ+ exist just like everyone else; not every tale they feature in needs to be about their identity.
Wranglestone – Darren Charlton
Wranglestone is set in a national park in post-apocalpyic America. The surivors are safe from the Dead in summer was the water keeps them out, but once winter comes and the lake freezers over, it’s open season.
Like More Than This, Wranglestone also features queer characters and love. The book isn’t just a beautiful gay love story (although that’s a big selling point), it’s very much a thriller and keeps readers up all night in suspense.
Have you read any of these books? What do you think are the best Zombie Apocalpyse books for young adults?