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Initial post: Apr 16, 2012 9:01:34 PM PDT
Hi everyone, I was wondering if anyone knows of any good zombie books that have female leads? I've read the Hollows series by Amanda Hocking and that seems to be the only female-leading zombie series I can find.


Posted on Apr 16, 2012 9:35:32 PM PDT
New Yorker says:
Rise Again Tough as nails woman sheriff fights zombies. It's great. I hope there's a sequel.

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 9:48:11 PM PDT
New Yorker says:
Ha. You can get so cynical here. I Amazoned Amanda Hocking and found out book 1 of the Hollowlands is free today. It has over 300 reviews, so I clicked on it. I hope it's as good as Ben Tripp's book.

By the way, if you Google Mom's Journal of the Zombie Years, you'll find a neat little journal about Zombies written by a mom who originally wanted to post recipes for a post apoc scenario. It became much more. Major woman's point of view about a zombie apocalypse. Very PC, but still fun.

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 4:10:54 AM PDT
"The Forest of Hands and Teeth" by Carrie Ryan. One of my favorites. Didn't enjoy the sequel as much...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2012 10:29:01 AM PDT
Grimwinder says:
Humanity Scar: Last Words (Journal 1)


Domain of the Dead

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 8:13:16 AM PDT
Alina says:
A female lead here: The Undying Apathy Of Imogen Shroud. Imogen is a depressive teenage lesbian who finds herself protecting her little brother (a really cute character) when the zombie apocalypse goes down. I thought this was quite a good book that had some interesting things to say - I'd give it a 4- or 3+. The battles with the zombies got a bit tedious from time to time and the ending was a bit "no way" but the characters of Imogen and her little brother were especially nicely drawn and the parts about recognising what's most important (can you guess that it's family?) were quite moving. The characters are more psychologically complex than in your average zombie novel.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 8:18:29 AM PDT
Dead of Night: A Zombie Novel features a female cop, Desdemona Fox. It also has a very twisted take on zombies. I loved it.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 8:44:50 AM PDT
I wish someone could explain the allure of zombies -- I just don't get it. Vampires and werewolves I sort of understand but aren't zombies really gross?

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 8:57:19 AM PDT
It depends. There are all kinds, just like with vampires or werewolves.

Most books seem to have their own spin. World War Z wasn't too gross, since it was compiled of news reports and eyewitness accounts. It was excellent.

To me, the real story is in how the survivors cope, usually.
In Dead of Night, what got to me was the way the zombies started. Very unusual start and a very dark story, all the way around.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 18, 2012 9:02:53 AM PDT
New Yorker says:
I like zombies because you can't interact with them. You can't fall in love with them and see their side of the story. Zombies are bad and you have to kill them.

Posted on Apr 19, 2012 8:26:45 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 1, 2012 9:00:56 PM PDT
Stant Litore says:
Check out:

The Hungry (female sheriff in Nevada, present day)
Zombie Bible: What Our Eyes Have Witnessed (former pleasure slave who becomes deaconess of a religious gathering, 2nd century Rome)
The First Days: As the World Dies (two female leads, present day)
Married with Zombies (Living with the Dead, Book 1) (female lead, romantic comedy)

I believe there are a lot of young adult novels with female leads. "Dearly, Departed: A Zombie Novel" is a zombie romance by Lia Habel.

Stant Litore

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2012 8:40:30 PM PDT
Stant Litore says:
Primeval fear of death and of being eaten, and a celebration of being alive and being human. I've started up a thread "Why do we love zombies?" on the forum, so hopefully we'll get some answers! :)

Stant Litore

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 6:15:22 AM PDT
Mrs. Danvers says:
I really loved the ending of Rise Again. There HAS to be a sequel or I might die.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 7:30:26 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 24, 2012 7:42:49 AM PDT
Though more for the young adult crowd (my impression), Ashes by Ilsa J Bick is a good read. First book of a yet to be completed trilogy, I believe. The reader reviews are very favorable, too.

I also second the As the World Dies Trilogy as worth checking out. They are a gripping and entertaining read apart from some campy dialogue that makes no sense in context of the situation: inane things like worrying about looks or relationships or being light-hearted instead of being shell-shocked as the world goes to pot all around the characters.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 5:24:29 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 12:54:52 PM PDT
I'm with you, Christina. I really liked Ryan's book, but just couldn't get into The Dead Tossed Waves (though I completed it) and The Dark and Hollow Places (which I did not).

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 12:58:19 PM PDT
I found Imogen a bit off-putting. The story was intriguing and the writing decent, if occasionally over the top (but, hey, we're talking about zombie fic, right?), but I just couldn't empathize with Imogen enough. A fair story, different anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 12:58:49 PM PDT
Ooh, definitely going to have to check this one out.

Posted on May 1, 2012 1:00:34 PM PDT
As far as Hocking's book. I never made it past Hollowlands, though I did finish it. I just could never get past the whole lion-as-pet thing. It really bugged me. LOL. Funny, the things that stick in your craw.

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 1:04:14 PM PDT
M. Guerrero says:
Zombies can be funny, too (Breathers: A Zombie's Lament by S. G. Browne) even witty, ethical and--don't pass out--sexy (Dearly, Departed: A Zombie Novel by Lia Habel).

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 6:30:43 PM PDT
New Yorker says:
Oh I so agree. An ending taken to creepy greatness :)

It will be unfair if the author doesn't do a sequel, though. He at least has to let us know who walks out of the cabin.

Posted on May 1, 2012 6:43:06 PM PDT
Ex-Heroes and Ex-Patriots by Peter Clines have ensemble casts of superheroes (fighting zombies) -- several of them are female (including their leader, Stealth). They're both worth the read IMO.

As to not 'getting' zombies, this is what I had to say about it a few months ago: (Warning: it's a blog that asked me to guest-post, and she plugged my novella. I'm not trying to self-promote... I'd just rather not copy-paste the whole darn thing here. :) )

Posted on May 2, 2012 9:58:43 PM PDT
Stant Litore says:
This isn't usually listed as a "zombie" book, but it is:

Sabriel (The Abhorsen Trilogy) (Garth Nix)

Posted on May 3, 2012 6:48:56 AM PDT
Mrs. Danvers says:
Anybody read the White Trash Zombie books?

Posted on May 3, 2012 8:52:57 AM PDT
I haven't, iheartdexter. Are they any good?
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