12 Facts About Apocalyptic Books That You Never Knew

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12 Facts About Apocalyptic Books That You Never Knew
The after apocalypse world is imagined to life through these twelve novels which highlight on zombies. Filled with plots of brain consuming zombies to the gory and bloody living dead world. For you the zombie horror story lover these twelve novels are not to be missed.

12A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.

First Published: 1960

Plot Summary:
This post apocalyptic novel science fiction set in a Catholic monastery of desert Southwestern United States, a thousand years after destructive nuclear war the society rebuilds itself and monks from Albertian Order of Leibowitz ongoing operation to protect the remainder of man’s scientific knowledge for the future when the humanity deemed ready to use it again.

Reason for you to readthis:
This classic novel about the futuristic fiction has received Hugo Award for Best Novel during 1961, considered powerful and have much insights and realities in its plot. A thought provoking novel yet you couldn’t help but wonder of its possibility to happen in our real world.

Best Quote:
“You don’t have a soul, Doctor. You are a soul. You have a body, temporarily.”

First Published: 2009

Plot Summary:
When an abrupt electromagnetic pulse attack occur on the United States, a small town of Black Mountain, North Carolina occupance must face the consequences of humanity dependence to technologies leading to the downfall of the entire country to the Dark Ages.

Reason for you to read:
This novel brings us the insight of the Pentagon concerns, a very realistic view of what might happen if should one day happen. As the United States has depended on technology until the every aspect of their countries economies, wall street, nuclear, food, communication, citizens information, social behavior. The damage inflicted would be unimaginable but surely will bring collapse of the entire country and as America economy play a huge part globally at the end the whole world would be affected as well. It is a critical warning to the whole citizen of America, and the whole citizen of the world.

Best Quote:
“America is like an exotic hothouse plant. It can only live now in the artificial environment of vaccinations, sterilization, and antibiotics we started creating a hundred or more years ago.”

10Patient Zero: A Joe Ledger Novel by Jonathan Maberry

First Published: 1960


Plot Summary:
Joe Ledger, a detective from Baltimore is enlists by the Department of Military Sciences of US Government special ops to direct order of the President of United States. With purpose of preventing terrorist plot against America. Sure enough the terrorist El Mujahid procure “Seif al Din”, a zombie like disease who would claim the victim life first before waking up with minimum brain function only to search, attack and infect more victim continuesly. Our hero Joe with the help of his reinforcement is in the mission to stop the upgraded even more powerful disease in Philadelphia before it is too late, the fate of world humanity is in their hands.

Reason for you to read:
This zombie apocalypse story is given an intriguing and unusual plot with terrorist creating and using the zombie plague to their advantage. Readers are even given Joe’s perception toward the event from his best friend and psychotherapist.

Best Quote:
“I’m not sure I could trust a man who would bypass an Oreo in favor of vanila wafers. It’s a fundamental character flaw, possibly a sign of true evil.”

9Happy Hour of the Damned by Mark Henry

First Published: 2008

Plot Summary:
Amanda Feral is resident of Seattle who just passed away, where she is awaken as a new citizen of Seattle’s zombies with her high fashion and goth makeup. She lives on human flesh and vodka cocktails where her new world is filled with celebrities, shapeshifters, werewolves, vampire, demons, and other dark mythical world. It’s all fun and wild in her new free world, until one day she receive her friend message of “help” and disappear. That is when she discovers Seattle underworld is going to a bad turn.

Reason for you to read:
If you’re an avid fan of Buffy The Vampire Slayer TV series or Zombieland, the dark underworld with splash of humor and darker turn this is what you need. It will entertain you with its fresh brutal horror, humor, and gore so make sure you are ready for this whirlwind ride.

Best Quote:
“We were looking hotter than hell, and ready to burn it down. Amanda Feral”

8The Rising by Brian Keene

First Published: 2003

Plot Summary:
When an experiment gone to a terrible result of interdimensional portal gate allowing the demons to inhabit the dead bodies. The deadly zombies even able to access the dead memories to their advantage and even drive to use weapons. And then there is Jim Thurmond who manage to survive in a bomb shelter who is in the brink of suicide when suddenly his son Danny calls him and reveal he is still alive and hiding alone in his mothers attic. Jim then goes for a brave mission to rescue his son hundreds miles away, joined with a preacher, scientist, and an ex prostitute. The band then fight living and the dead to their destination, but an even greater evil is awaiting them at their journey’s end.

Reason for you to read:
This novel won the Bram Stoker Award as Best First Novel in 2001, which just prove how good it is. The author effortlessly write this thrilling horror of demon zombie invasion.

Best Quote:
“We are many. Our number is greater than the stars. We are more than infinit.”

First Published: 2012

Plot Summary:
The Bastion is where the last group of human survival must persist from the army of Scourge inferi outside their dystopian city. Vanguard Maria Martinez is one of the survivor who have lived her entire life behind the tall walls, she can only find her comfort in the arms of officer Dwayne Reichrad to such life of packed streets, blackouts, and scarce food. Then come along the representative of Science Warfare Division who enlist her to a chance of forever vanquish the inferi army and recover their land and supplies by the valley. This is when the salvation of humankind is in Maria hands, especially her own happy future.

Reason for you to read:
This is a zombie story that will not waste your time with its fast plot, thriller, and fearless female heroine. Maria and her remarkable courage to face the zombies alone for the promise of better future, yet it is the only chance she got for even a better tomorrow rather than just simply existing and barely alive.

Best Quote:
“I love her and I know she’s strong enought o handle anything.”

6The Loving Dead by Amelia Beamer

First Published: 2010

Plot Summary:
Michael and Kate are roomates in Oakland hills, they both also work at a supermarket together. One night they attend a house party when suddenly a zombie virus spreads rapidly throughout the party guests, they fun drun party immediately turn to a horrific nightmare as the epidemic dispersed through saliva and sex. Even a small kiss transform the victims becoming full of lust, mindless zombies. Together, Michael and kate have to survive through the chaos by going to the only place safe by bay Area which is the Alcatraz.

Reason for you to read:
Being the first novel of the author, this novel manage to deliver a different kind of zombie apocalypse horror. A fresh retelling of the genre with unexpected plot twists. If you’re looking for the not mainstream kind of zombie story, filled with controversial and questionable behavior of zombies and humans this is the one you should read.

Best Quote:
“Whip,” Walter echoed. “So there’s an iPhone app for fighting zombies. Interesting.”

First Published: 2006

Plot Summary:
This story follows Max Brooks which have the most important task to researh the trails of zombie war, who have to be as colse as possible to zombies to find the secret of destroying them before it happens otherwise. He have to journey across the world and questions the survivors, from United States, Southern part of Africa, to the small unknown village of New Dachang in China. Where he research firsthand the virus from a twelve year old Patient Zero which becomes the zombie virus wiping out all life in earth. His reserach then collected as the World War Z document.

Reason for you to read:
Max Brook intelligently write this collections of fiction report of zombie researh with such realism and details, so intriguing and convincing you will be transported to his world of zombie infested world with the format of real history events tragedy. The book has been adapted to the critically acclaim and box office hit, for the fans of the movie to read this book is like reading the journal of real research through the real experience of the survivors and most satisfying.

Best Quote:
“Most people don’t believe something can happen until it already has. That’s not stupidity of weakness, that’s just human nature.”

4Monster Island: A Zombie Novel by David Wellington

First Published: 2004

Plot Summary:
Set in New York City, exactly one month after the big apple has been swept by the zombie apocalypse. Dekalb the ex employee of UN infiltrate the city with a gang of East African child soldiers to collect the valuable AIDS medication in order to exchange it for her daugher who is in the hand of Somalia warlord. After hell bend fighting the numerous zombies, they finally stumble upon Gary Fleck the medical student zombie who managed to stay concious and control himself even though he tend to have appetite of a zombie. He might be the key witness to the secret of zombie outbreak and have the hint to safe humankind.

Reason for you to read:
For you the avid followers of zombie genre this is a must have book which have a fun fearless theme to the zombies and even might have the other self concious zombie who will ironically become the key to vanquish the zombies itself.

Best Quote:
“It doesn’t matter what we choose. It simply matters what we are.”

3Dust by Joan Frances Turner

First Published: 2010

Plot Summary:
Jessie dies in the car crash nine years ago, and wake up from her grave rises from the ground as zombie. She then roam the Earth with ger gang of the undead, lurks at the dark corners in the dead of the night. She fell in love with the other zombie name Joe and they hunt, feast, and dance togehter. The humans avoid them, fears of their reputation. Everything is going great for Jessie in her profound new life, until one day their gang stumble upon new mysterious creatures in the wood.

Reason for you to read:
This refreshing creation of Joan Turner zombie genre, with zombies ability of communicating through telepathy, awareness of the dead turning to zombies so they bury them away from dense populated area, but also include the point of view from Jessie the zombie which still falls in love and face troubles on her own.

Best Quote:
“Be nice to her,” I muttered under my breath. “She’s my sister; she got sick. She lost her kid. For all I know, she may have eaten her.”

First Published: 2011


Plot Summary:
Professor Peter Mellor of college in Ohio died in a car accident during zombie apocalypse, and awaken as extremely intelligent zombie but he lost his memories. As the society falls and chaos are everywhere increase everyday, he realize it wasn’t great being in the zombie side of the wall. Humans of course condemn him as enemy and hunting him every chance they get, he can’t fight his urgent to eat human brains and kind of addicted to it, and all his old friend despise him. To top it all he discover the car accident after all is not an accident, and using his new profound skills as zombie he goes on a quest to solve his own murder.

Reason for you to read:
The author greatly mix this novel in horror, humor, and detective. For you the fan of zombie apocalypse genre this is a book you will love, unlike the common zombie stories of destruction and terror it approach the theme in different angle of murder mystery without losing the main theme of the frightening zombie breakout feels. It even will work out for those detective genre lover as it point in the weirdly world of zombies who is uncommon with other have the ability to think.

Best Quote:
“Jesus and shotguns, I thought as I pulled away. They weren’t good or bad they just were.”

1Zone One: A Novel by Colson Whitehead

First Published: 2011

Plot Summary:
This novel set in after apocalypse world infested with zombies which leads to Earth destruction where the population is divided to the infected and non-infected. America start to rebuild the civilization under the command temporary government in Buffalo after the epidemic disease cool down. Focuses in Manhattan and zone one part of the island, with dispatch of citizen volunteer as the zombie clearance agent and story also follow Mark Spitz as one of the volunteer involved.

Reason for you to read:
Written in the view of the after apocalypse survivor as they go through their life is addicting and thrilling. The comparison of their past and present condition is just even better, describing how unrully and nerve wreaking their life is now than their normal life in the past.

Best Quote:
“Pain could be killed. Sadness could not, but the drugs did shut its mouth for a time.”

CONCLUSION
These twelve novels are the embodiment of horror, humor, and thought provoking themes of post apocalyptic world. Whether it is of zombie rising, demon infasion, and technology collapse, or nuclear war. It describes the possible yet unimaginable apocalypse of our world, that might be a clear warning to us. It is up to you to which kind of ride you want to take in reading this genre, and these twelve novels are the top pick.

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