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Top Ten Tuesday: Books for People Who Like World War Z

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is invited to share their answers. If you’re interested, head on over to The Broke and the Bookish to take a peek at upcoming Top Ten Topics.

This week’s topicTop Ten Books for Folks Who Like World War Z by Max Brooks

For the zombie elements

  • The Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant — Feed, Deadline, and Blackout
  • Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
  • The Walking Dead — TV show & Graphic Novels

For the structure — WWZ is written as an oral history and has a very nonfiction feel.

  • The Good War: An Oral History of World War Two by Studs Terkel — Brooks based the structure  of his novel off of Terkel’s work.
  • Robopocalypse by Daniel Wilson — I know a lot of people that didn’t enjoy this one as much, but I loved it.
  • And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Stilts — This is another nonficiton title, but there’s something about World War Z that reminds me of this  one. Even though one is based in facts and the other is fiction, they’re both readable…journalistic. Does that make sense?

And just because  

  • The Passage by Justin Cronin — Virals instead of zombies, but they’re both undead so they’re similar, right?
  • Oryx & Crake and The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood — The story of before and after the end of the world.

Because it can’t be left outPride & Prejudice & Zombies. I mean, it’s the classic love story with zombie kick-assery!

And one I haven’t read yet, but am looking forward to: This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

Read-alikes are a teeny part of my job (I’ve been thinking about a Walking Dead and/or zombie post for a while), so if you want to check out books similar to The Hunger Games, Bossypants, the Sookie Stackhouse series, and a few others….follow the links :)

18 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books for People Who Like World War Z”

  1. I still haven’t gotten to World War Z what is wrong with me right? Okay soon I promise. Then I’ll be back to pillage your list.

    here’s my TTT

  2. I love the way you segmented your list. Such a good idea! Haven’t gotten to it yet, but I’ve been dying to read ‘World War Z.’ Thanks for the increased motivation!

  3. Really enjoyed And The Band Played On, I read a few months ago and though it was quite dense, I couldn’t put it down. I also really enjoyed both the Atwood books on your list, so I’ll definitely have to take a look at some of the others you’ve got listed here!

  4. A well rounded list for lovers of zombie apocalypse literature.

    I would add two relatively new items for consideration in the canon.

    Metahorde by Sean T. Page John McCuaig
    This is a rousing tale that gets into the problems caused by large numbers of the undead.

    I, Zombie by Hugh Howey
    Hugh Howey wrote the fantastic Wool series. I, Zombie is his take on life as a zombie.

    I also humbly present my own addition to zombie literature
    Land Down Undead
    A zombie comedy guide to backpacking through zombie infested Australia.

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