Take your fave zombie movie, add relatable characters, a few plot twists and Bick’s fresh take on the horror genre, and you get this thoroughly unputdownable story with an off-the-charts creep factor. If horror and zombies are your cup of tea, you’ll love this book.
Alex is camping out when an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the air and kills almost everyone. Left with no working electronics and no idea what has happened or why, she encounters a crabby 8-year-old named Ellie and her unfriendly dog. As they begin to piece things together and struggle to survive, disaster strikes and they lose most of their already meager supplies. And that is the least of their worries, once they encounter the Changed. (EGMONT, Sep., 480 pp.; $17.99, ISBN: 9781606841754, HC, 14 & Up)