Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry
Maberry’s zombie trilogy, the Benny Imura series, is a favorite here at Berkeley High. Students tell us it’s because the writer has a new twist on zombies, that is that they used to be humans and deserve respect even while ending their lives. “Zombies were people, too,” as the cover states. This book, however, is completely different. First off, it’s written for adults instead of teens, but the young adults who I know who’ve read it love it! In this story the zombies are an evil plague, all started by a prison doctor experimenting with a condemned killer. When the body is shipped to the nearest relative, zombie #1 quickly reanimates and started spreading the plague with his own aunt. If this sounds like a low-rent zombie movie, Maberry makes no apologies and even mentions George Romero (Night of the Living Dead) in the dedication. Know, though, that this fast-paced action story will grab your attention from the first chapter and keep you riveted until the end.
I recommend this to all zombie and horror fans. Maberry is a terrific writer who is not shy about writing gory, gruesome stories, sure to keep you up until wee hours of the morning.