The best zombie apocalypse books to read if you want to survive a zombie apocalypse

Why am I passionate about this?

I love zombie apocalypse fiction and movies and games. There’s something fascinating about survival and post-apocalyptic fiction, where you see the real character and desire of humanity to survive no matter what. I also like the morbid humor that shows up. I started writing the zombie apocalypse call center series as a way to poke fun at my customer support center experiences and mix it in with my own fascination with zombie apocalypses.


I wrote...

The Zombie Apocalypse Call Center

By Taylor Ellwood,

Book cover of The Zombie Apocalypse Call Center

What is my book about?

Sam is a customer support agent, but it’s not your average customer support center. It’s the zombie apocalypse call center and Sam has to help his customers survive the zombies, keep their guns unjammed and loaded and learn survival skills. But Sam also needs survive the zombie apocalypse and uncover the origin of the zombies.

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of Dead Run: A Post-Apocalyptic Plague Thriller

Taylor Ellwood Why did I love this book?

Dead Run is a no holds bar thrill ride of a zombie apocalypse novel.

The author creates a compelling world where humans try to survive the plaguers who are infected zombie cannibals, as well as each other.

Sulan, the main character wants to become a mercenary and studies the fighting arts in secret so she take a shot at the meat grinder, a contest that will let her become a mercenary and forge her own destiny.

I couldn't stop reading this book and couldn't wait until the next book came out to find out what would happen next.

Book cover of Divided We Fell

Taylor Ellwood Why did I love this book?

Otto is an average guy going to work in a divided America when the zombie apocalypse occurs.

Suddenly there are zombies everywhere, but if anyone can survive the zombie apocalypse, it’s Otto, who’s got a gun collection and loyal friends and family willing to do whatever it takes to survive the zombies and find out what caused the zombie apocalypse.

I loved the sense of humor and the wacky adventures that balanced the overall horror of the story.

By B. D. Lutz, Monique Happy (editor),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Divided We Fell as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

America’s political differences have split the country into two vastly different nations. The walls they've built, both physical and ideological, may determine who lives and who dies... twice!

First came the Great Divide … then the dead began to rise and devour the living. The American people voted to split into two countries. But they did not vote to be eaten alive!

An insane world leader, corrupt politicians, and the shambling dead have brought the world to its knees. Now, Otto Hammer–a proud citizen of the new conservative Right America, past his prime and a bit of a jerk–must unite…


Book cover of Dead City

Taylor Ellwood Why did I love this book?

In Dead City, Ian Keys created a drug that stopped the ravages of the zombie infection and allowed infected to live alongside humans again…or did he?

The cure he’s developed may not be a cure afterall and the company that hired him is keeping dangerous secrets from the world, with a secret agenda that threatens all of humanity.

If Ian can’t find out the truth in time, the world as he knows it may be destroyed.

I got caught up in the suspense, wondering what would happen next and if Ian would survive or get caught by the company or the zombies.

Book cover of Love in an Undead Age

Taylor Ellwood Why did I love this book?

Miranda Tucci is looking for love during a zombie apocalypse but finding love is hard when the majority of available partners are either zombies or psychopaths.

On top of that Miranda has a lead on a cure for the virus, but the government is trying to control it. Can she get the cure and save civilization?

I enjoyed the character development, especially around trying to find love and surviving the zombie apocalypse.

By A.M. Geever,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Love in an Undead Age as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Surviving the zombie apocalypse was hard…

...but finding true love might be fatal.

Urban farmer Miranda Tucci is lucky to be alive in what's left of California's Silicon Valley, despite a love life that's dead on arrival. Then an old flame turns up and she wonders…

...does her DOA love life have a pulse?

Or will the ghosts of her past collide with the present?

A ruthless governing council controls the cure for the zombie virus. If Miranda joins a plot to steal it, will the vaccine be used for political advantage, or can she survive long enough to usher…


Book cover of Deadbreak

Taylor Ellwood Why did I love this book?

An interesting and funny take on the zombie apocalypse.

The main character has a morbid sense of humor and a loyal dog and is trying to find his daughter no matter what it takes.

The story is fast-paced and will keep you wondering what will happen next, as well as discovering what the main character will do to survive the zombies and also get some food.

I enjoyed the balance of humor and action, which kept me reading until the last page.

By Jorge Sanchez,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Deadbreak as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

It's been three long years since Deadbreak. That's what everyone's calling it – the day the dead rose. Every day since then Jeremiah Reid has had one goal: to make his way back to his daughter. With his four-legged companion, Joe, Jeremiah has to travel a lawless wasteland teeming with zombies, bandits, and worse, like people who put anchovies on pizza (you know who you are). It's a new world out there and no one is safe. People are weary, cities are in ruin, supplies are scarce, and brains are on the menu. If he’s going to have a chance,…


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Book cover of Conditions are Different After Dark

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Why am I passionate about this?

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What is my book about?

In 1662, a man is wrongly executed for signing the death warrant of Charles I. Awaiting execution, he asks to speak with a priest, to whom he declares a curse on the village that betrayed him. The priest responds with a counter-curse, leaving just one option to nullify it.

Over four centuries later, Faith and James move to the country to start a new life and a family. They discover their village lives under the curse uttered by the hanged man. Could their arrival be connected? They fear their choice of new home is no coincidence. Unexplained events hint at threats or warnings to leave. They become convinced the village remains cursed despite their friends’ denials. Who can they trust, and who are potential enemies?

Conditions are Different After Dark

By Owen W. Knight,

What is this book about?

In 1660, a man is wrongly executed for signing the death warrant of Charles I. While awaiting execution, he asks to speak with a priest, to whom he declares a curse on the village that betrayed him. The priest responds with a counter-curse, leaving just one option to nullify it.
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