Library Blog Investigates: Zombie Edition.

Posted: April 1, 2011 in Good reads

Here at library blog headquarters we meet lots of students with a morbid interest in the undead.  Even though we are very scared of every kind of monster and find the whole horror genre a bit traumatizing, we bravely went forth into the library to investigate what’s out there for book-loving zombie enthusiasts.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Have you ever read a classic novel and thought ‘Yeah, that was okay, I guess, but the plot was really let down by the lack of zombies’?  Then this is the book for you.  Jane Austen’s tale of five sisters looking for love is re-imagined, this time with added brain-eating hordes of the undead thrown in to spice up the action a little.  We here at  the library blog like this book because it’s more of a fun, silly mash-up than a gruesome ordeal.  Also because it kicks off with the genius opening line ‘It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains’.

The Enemy by Charlie Higson

Charlie Higson’s young adult take on the traditional zombie story is set in present-day England where, much to everyone’s surprise and annoyance, every single person over the age of fourteen is suddenly struck down with a mysterious and fatal illness.  But they don’t all stay dead.  This is a thrilling book with plenty of fast-paced action, but students should be aware that it does contain graphic horror scenes.  Here is the very scary book trailer for The Enemy, starring Charlie Higson himself.

If you liked this book then you are in luck, because the next book in the series has just hit the library shelves!  It is called The Dead, and continues to follow the characters from the first book.  We at the library blog stopped reading this book at about page 14 when zombie entrails were mentioned so if you are, like us, easily grossed out by horror themes you may want to give The Dead a miss.

Zombie Blondes by Brian James

The first day at a new school is always super awkward.  Hannah, the heroine of Zombie Blondes, is new to town and desperately wants to fit in with the  elite group of popular, blonde cheerleaders.  But is something more sinister going on?  And could the popular blonde cheerleaders be up to no good??  And could said ‘no good’ involve rampaging, death and destruction???  SPOILER ALERT: Yes, yes and yes.  This is a slightly Mean Girls-style story about teenage social hierarchy, wanting to be accepted by the cool kids, and figuring out what it means to be true to yourself- but with added zombies!  If you are into this whole high-school-but-with-added-zombies sub genre, you might also like to check out Never Slow Dance with a Zombie by E. Van Lowe.  It’s set in a normal American high school, but guess what?  There are zombies.  We would rate these books as ‘medium’ on the library blog’s patented scariness scale: there’s the odd violent zombie attack but generally not too graphic.

So what have we learned?

Our main finding from this investigative project was:  zombies are scary.  Probably too scary for us.  But they can also be fun and funny!  If you are interested in zombies, the library has all these and several more zombie-based titles for your gory reading amusement.  In conclusion, we would like to say BRAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNS!!


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