Undead Recommendations

by Brandi Ziegler

The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.

~James Bryce


I love me some zombies. Quite often I find myself figuring out what to do if the zombie apocalypse happens.

These two reads deliver the zombie creepiness.

Susan Dennard’s SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY was better than I expected. I’m not a big Victorian era fan, but Susan seamlessly incorporated all the corsets and high society etiquette into her story about a heroine I’ve come to love. Plus Daniel = swoon.

The zombies are pretty icky and I love the motto “Aim for the knees”. Susan’s website says:

There’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…

The year is 1876 and Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.


Fast zombies freak me out. There are a few in Dennard’s book but all of the zombies in Courtney Summers’ THIS IS NOT A TEST might outrace you. Eek!


It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up.

As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, everyone’s motivations to survive begin to change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life–and death–inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?


I adored this book. Sloane is suicidal. During a zombie apocalypse. It was such an interesting point of view. I found myself rooting for all the teens trapped in the school, and I was totally creeped out by the baddies, living and undead. Be careful reading this one after dark. I kept checking windows and listening for screams.

Have you read a good zombie book lately? Recommend them in the comments!