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The March 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt is…

As we all know, March is the month where spring begins. Spring is generally believed to be the season where things come back to life. Therefore, this month we’re discussing books that feature the undead. After all, spring and spooky start with the same two letters.

10 Books Featuring the Undead For Your #WotNReadingChallenge

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

March 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge - Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson (Razorbill 2018)
Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson (Razorbill 2018)

Mila Flores is having a bad week. According to her community, three girls from her school have died from suicide this week, including her best friend Riley. Mila doesn’t believe that Riley would do that, so she casts a spell to bring Riley back for seven days so they can catch the murderer. However, the spell doesn’t go off as planned and all three girls come back without memory of their deaths. Now Mila has to corral these teenagers and figure out how they died.

Zombies vs. Unicorns edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier

March 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge - Zombies vs Unicorns edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (Margaret K McElderry Books 2010)
Zombies vs Unicorns edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (Margaret K McElderry Books 2010)

This short story collection is formatted like a debate between Black and Larbalestier: which is better, unicorns or zombies? Each author has recruited a crack team of other authors to their side, including Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Naomi Novik, and Libba Bray.

World War Z by Max Brooks

March 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge - World War Z by Max Brooks (Crown 2006)
World War Z by Max Brooks (Crown 2006)

The world has been rocked by the zombie apocalypse. Brooks paints a picture of what the struggling world looks like through an “oral” history through affecting vignettes.

The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

March 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge - The Girl with all the Gifts by M R Carey (Orbit 2014)
The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Melanie lives in a place with a lot of children like her, and adults who seem slightly wary of the children. The children all go to lessons, where Melanie loves learning from Miss Justineau. One day, everything changes, and Melanie, Miss Justineau, and other grown-ups must go on a great adventure.

Theories of International Politics and Zombies by Daniel W. Drezner

March 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge - Theories of International Politics and Zombies by Daniel W. Drezner (Princeton University Press 2011)
Theories of International Politics and Zombies by Daniel W. Drezner

Drezner uses major works in zombie canon to explain concepts in international relations. It’s a great primer to IR theory, even if you don’t know what that is. If that’s not enough for you, it is the shortest book on this list, including the honorable mention.

The Gilda Stories by Jewelle L. Gomez

March 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge - The Gilda Stories by Jewelle L. Gómez (Firebrand Books 1991)
The Gilda Stories by Jewelle L. Gómez

The Gilda Stories follows a black vampire named Gilda (please leave your shock and surprise until the end) throughout her life. As she grows older, the world changes its mind about how black women and vampires should be treated.

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

March 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge - Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (Balzer + Bray 2018)
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

In this alternate history, the American Civil War ended after dead soldiers started coming back. Seventeen years later, Jane McKeene is learning how to be a zombie-defending attendant to the rich. Unfortunately, when trying to figure out what happened to the sister of a friend, she gets caught up in a state-spanning conspiracy.

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

March 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge - Boneshaker by Cherie Priest (Tor Books 2009)
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

Sixteen years after Leviticus Blue allegedly released a terrible Blight in 1863, poisoning Seattle, his son Ezekiel goes back into the city to clear his name. This forces Ezekiel’s mother and Leviticus’ widow, Briar, to go back in Seattle to save him.

Dracula by Bram Stoker

March 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge - Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897)
Dracula by Bram Stoker

Did you know that Stoker actually coined the term “undead” to refer to the title character of this novel? Anyway, in this classic novel, an English lawyer named Jonathan Harker visits a strange man in Transylvania for work while writing letters home to his fiancee Mina. Meanwhile, Mina’s friend Lucy has acquired a couple suitors, as well as a strange affliction regular doctors can’t explain.

Zone One by Colson Whitehead

March 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge - Zone One by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday 2010)
Zone One by Colson Whitehead

After the country has been split into the infected and uninfected, the provisional government wants to clear Manhattan to show the world that the country has a future. Mark Spitz (not his real name) is a volunteer working to help the government in their goal. The novel takes place over three days, during which the volunteers flash back to the Last Night, when it was known that people were succumbing to an infection.

Honorable Mention

If you haven’t read Mira Grant’s Feed, you absolutely should. It takes place far after the initial apocalypse, when the world has rebuilt itself and people have learned how to survive with zombies. In fact, I like it so much that I recommended it last March, which makes it ineligible for this list.

Do you have other recommendations for this #WotNReadingChallenge prompt? What are you going to read this month for the #WotNReadingChallenge?


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