Horror Reads for Teens: Zombies

Infects

The Infects by Sean Beaudoin

YA BEAUDOIN, S.

Seventeen-year-old Nero is stuck in the wilderness with a bunch of other juvenile delinquents on an “Inward Trek.” As if that weren’t bad enough, his counselors have turned into flesh-eating maniacs overnight and are now chowing down on his fellow miscreants. These kids have seen zombie movies. They know the rules. Unfortunately, knowing the rules isn’t going to be enough.

Undead

Undead by Kirsty McKay

YA MCKAY, KIRSTY

On a school trip to snowbound Scotland, several students become infected and turn into hungry zombies, leaving a small band of survivors to take refuge in the school bus.

Alice in Zombieland

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

YA SHOWALTER, G.

Alice Bell must learn to fight the undead to avenge her family and learn to trust Cole Holland who has secrets of his own.

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Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

YA MABERRY, J.

In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother’s footsteps and become a bounty hunter.

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Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris

YA HARRIS, C.

Future physician Kate Grable is horrified when her high school’s football coach gives team members steroids, but the drugs turn players into zombies and Kate must find an antidote before the flesh-eating monsters get to her or her friends.

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Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

YA MARION, I.

A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love with a human, in this original debut novel. R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead. Not just another zombie novel, this is funny, scary, and deeply moving.

Ashes

Ashes by Isla J. Bick

YA BICK, I.

Alex, a resourceful seventeen-year-old running from her incurable brain tumor, Tom, who has left the war in Afghanistan, and Ellie, an angry eight-year-old, join forces after an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky and kills most of the world’s population, turning some of those who remain into zombies and giving the others superhuman senses.

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Zom-B by Darren Shan

YA SHAN, D.

When the news starts reporting a zombie outbreak in Ireland, B’s father thinks it’s a hoax-but even if it isn’t, the two of them joke, it’s only the Irish, right? That is, until zombies actually attack the school. B is forced on a mad dash through the serpentine corridors of high school, making allegiances with anyone with enough gall to fight off their pursuers. But when they come face-to-face with the ravenous, oozing corpses, all bets are off. There are no friends. No allies. Just whatever it takes to survive.

Dead Reckoning

Dead Reckoning by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill

YA LACKEY, M.

In 1867 Texas, Jett, a girl passing as a boy while seeking her long-lost twin brother, joins forces with Honoraria Gibbons, an inventor, and White Fox, a young Army scout, to investigate a zombie army that is terrorizing the West.

Dearly Departed

Dearly Departed by Lia Habel

YA HABEL, L.

In the year 2195 when society is technologically advanced but follows the social mores of Victorian England, recently orphaned Nora Dearly is left at the mercy of her domineering, social-climbing aunt, until she is nearly kidnapped by zombies and falls in with a group of mysterious, black-clad commandos.

Sick

Sick by Tom Leveen

YA LEVEEN, T.

Brian and his friends are not part of the cool crowd at Phoenix Metro High School. They’re the misfits, the troublemakers–the ones who jump their high school’s electrified fence to skip school regularly. So when the virus breaks out, they’re the only ones with a chance of surviving.

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This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

YA SUMMERS, C.

Barricaded in Cortege High with five other teens while zombies try to get in, Sloane Price observes her fellow captives become more unpredictable and violent as time passes although they each have much more reason to live than she has.

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Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby

YA ASHBY, A.

While trying to cast a love spell on her date on the eve of the senior prom, Mia inadvertently infects her entire high school class with a virus that will turn them all into zombies.

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Zombies vs. Unicorns edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalastier

YA SS ZOMBIES

Twelve short stories by a variety of authors seek to answer the question of whether zombies are better than unicorns.

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Z by Michael Thomas Ford

YA SF FORD, M.

In the year 2032, after a virus that turned people into zombies has been eradicated, Josh is invited to join an underground gaming society, where the gamers hunt zombies and the action is more dangerous than it seems.

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

YA GRAHAME-SMITH, S.

As a mysterious plague falls upon the village of Meryton and zombies start rising from the dead, Elizabeth Bennett is determined to destroy the evil menace, but becomes distracted by the arrival of the dashing and arrogant Mr. Darcy.

Enemy

The Enemy by Charles Higson

YA HIGSON, C.

After a disease turns everyone over sixteen into brainless, decomposing, flesh-eating creatures, a group of teenagers leave their shelter and set out of a harrowing journey across London to the safe haven of Buckingham Palace.

YouRSoUndeadtoMe

You Are so Undead to Me by Stacey Jay

YA JAY, S.

Megan Berry, a Carol, Arkansas, high school student who can communicate with the Undead, must team up with her childhood friend Ethan to save homecoming from an army of flesh-hungry zombies.

Infinity

Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon

YA KENYON, S.

Fourteen-year-old sarcastic, street-savvy Nick is drawn into the world of the Dark-Hunters, but must hide his participation in the battle against werewolves, vampires, and zombies from his mother and high school principal.

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I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It by Adam Selzer

YA SELZER, A.

Living in the post-human era when the undead are part of everyday life, high schooler Alley breaks her no-dating rule when Doug catches her eye, but classmate Will demands to turn her into a vampire and her zombie boyfriend may be unable to stop him.

Forest of Hands and Teeth

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

YA RYAN, C.

Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the Unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.