I'm sure we can all agree - the Zombie Apocalypse is right around the corner. You've seen the movies, you've read the books but are you truly prepared? I know I'm not, which is why I have enlisted the help our little brother Robert, the zombie expert, to come up with some quick and simple rules that will help you ready yourself - and I found some examples from my favourite zombie stories!
1. Find a Base
Robert Tip #1: Get somewhere high
You do NOT want to be surprised. Surprise zombies are the worst zombies. Any advantage you can get is good right? In The First Days by Rhiannon Frater the ones who survive are always up high. In forts, on hills, on top floors of apartment buildings. If you can see them coming they cant surprise you!
2. Don't Waste Ammo
Robert Tip#2: Only shoot them in the head NOT anywhere else
Kind of an obvious one I'm sure but the ONLY way to kill the undead is the head. Ammo is not a never ending resource - this is the apocalypse guys. Of course you could go all wise (Like the above Walking Dead gif) and use a sword. This also comes under Robert Tip #3: If you have a knife make sure you stab them in the head and make sure they are dead.
3. Don't Let Them Get Close
Robert Tip #4: Do not get bitten anywhere on your body
Sure this seems obvious but in how many zombie movies does someone get bitten and then try to cover it up in the hopes that they wont turn. If you get bitten - it's over. So simply do not let them get close. This circles back to rule number 1 as well - get up high, don't let them close.
4. Zombies Are Not Your Friends
No Robert tip for this one because this is all me. I've seen Warm Bodies, I know that makes it look like they can be cured with love? But they can't. Zombies are not your friends. And if you're friends are now zombies - they are not your friends.
5. Squad Goals
We're all better with friends. And if you have a badass zombie fighting team at your back? Your chances just went up. Plus you look way cooler. Just look at the Bennett sisters. Look at them. So stylish yet deadly.
And if you want some more Zombie tips check out these movies for some great rules to live by:
Zombieland (Actually has rules in it - also hugely funny)
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (For pure badassery and fun)
The Rezort (Its dark, it questions humanity, it genuinely made me jump - I also reviewed it here)
Warm Bodies (OK NOT rules to live by, remember to ignore it. But it IS a good movie)
Resident Evil (AND the games - will give you great examples of how to survive)
Dead Rising: Watchtower (Another one based on a game and it was actually way better than I expected it to be)
AND the Books:
This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers (My absolute favourite and will give you strong feelings about Squad building)
The First Days by Rhiannon Frater (A little shaky in places but a really strong example of survival and some great characters)
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (OK I actually haven't read this yet BUT I am reading it this Halloween and everyone always recommends it)
Alice in Zombieland (Sadly has very little to do with Alice in Wonderland - misleading title - but the zombie fighting is pretty cool)
Enrule by Holly Sparks (Again this is actually one from my Halloween TBR. I met the author at YALC this year and she was so nice, and this sounds incredible)
I hope between us Robert and I have managed to prepare you a little for the inevitable Zombocalypse. Good luck out there and hope you're all having a wonderful Halloween month so far!
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