What are the best fiction books about diseases or viruses?

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    #1World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
    World War Z is a fictional collection of narratives of eyewitnesses and survivors of the worldwide zombie plague. It was written by American author Max Brooks and was published in 2007 by Three Rivers Press.

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    #2I Am Legend

    I Am Legend

    I Am Legend is a post-apocalyptic book by Richard Matheson that centers on Robert Neville, the last man on earth. He needs to fight for his life as all the living creature in the Earth turned into vampires. 


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    Marcela Muñiz
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I Am Legend is the perfect read if you have ever wondered about what would happen in a world where viruses take over. The constant surprises and action make it impossible to put the book down."
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    #3The White Plague

    The White Plague
    The White Plague is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert. It tells the story of a genetically engineered disease that decimates human population and ensures its extinction, as it proves fatal to women.

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    #4The Stand

    The Stand

    The Stand is Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and tangled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The survivors will have to choose between two very different leaders and ultimately decide the fate of all humanity.


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    William Alexander
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "Stephen King is one of greatest writers of all time so it's no surprised that he created one of the best stories dealing with disease. His fictional classic The Stand creatively depicts the apocalyptic world that results from a world destroyed by disease."
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    #5Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy)

    Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy)

    Oryx and Crake is a speculative fiction novel by Margaret Atwood, the award-winning author of The Handmaid's Tale. Oryx and Crake follows the life of Snowman, his friend Crake, and Oryx, the woman they both love.


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    Kathryn Foster
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "Oryx and Crake feels really poorly written to me. It's such a slow moving story and the characters are boring in my opinion. I wouldn't recommend this. "
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    #6The Andromeda Strain

    The Andromeda Strain

    The Andromeda Strain is a book by Michael Crichton that tells the story of an organism from the space that accidentally fell on Arizona and the inhabitants there died. Its a mystery that needs to be solved. 


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    Frank Walker
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "The Andromeda Strain is a very intriguing story. The story is terrifying in possible mass casualties and spread. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat. Our book club loved discussing this story."
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    #7The Twelve (The Passage)

    The Twelve (The Passage)
    The Twelve is a bestselling suspense thriller novel by Justin Cronin. It tells the story of a group of twelve people as they travel through an infected wasteland in an attempt to save mankind from extinction.

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    Bruce Allen
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "The Twelve (The Passage) is one of the best fiction books about diseases or viruses. It is a huge book so be prepared but you will be amazed how fast you read it. It is a page turner! "
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    #8One Hundred Years of Solitude

    One Hundred Years of Solitude

    One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, tells the story of the Buendía family, generation after generation, living in the mountain town of Macondo. Magic and reality interweave to create one of the most rewarding reading experiences of the 20th century.


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    Melissa Barnett
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "One Hundred Years of Solitude is not a fictional book about diseases or viruses so it would not be the best book to buy if you are interested in that topic. However, this should not detract you from this novel because it really is a work of art and a masterpiece. This story may be confusing at first but once you get to really differentiate the characters it is a lovely story that is unforgettable. "
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    Outbreak by Robin Cook is a medical fiction novel originally published in 1987. This book tells the horrifying story of an Ebola virus outbreak in the United States. Outbreak is preceded by Mindbend.


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    Teresa Long
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "Outbreak is what i call a nail bitter book you cannot put t down untill its down its so real that you can picture this happening in real life highly reccomend the book "
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    #10Doomsday Book

    Doomsday Book
    The book is about Kivrin Engle, a young historian specializing in medieval history, who was to travel to what was perceived as the dark ages. Due to an unlikely turn of events, she finds herself playing a much more vital part in history. 

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    Nathan Dunn
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "The end is near. This book will have you excited. You won't be able to put it down. You'll also be begging for more. Set aside a weekend to get through this book."
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    #11Feed (Newsflesh)

    Feed (Newsflesh)

    Feed is a horror science fiction and the first book in Newsflesh trilogy written by Mira Grant. This dystopian fiction book is first published in 2010. 


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    Ethan Schneider
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Maybe a little dated now (since blogs have kind of died) and not nearly enough "action" for my tastes, but a unique exploration of the zombie genre. There is a lot more emotion in this book than I expected for a dystopian / end of the world scenario, and that added to its appeal. Great read, though maybe a little too indicative of the time period when it was written."
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    #12The Forest of Hands and Teeth

    The Forest of Hands and Teeth
    Mary's world is falling to pieces: as days go by, she is knowing more things about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and when something terrible happens, she will have to choose between those who love her, or those she loves. 

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    Deborah Hanson
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "A book based on zombies is about diseases and viruses. Given its good ratings it is probably a good one for those who are interested in books about diseases and viruses."
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    #13The Fallen

    The Fallen

    The Fallen by Jack Ziebell is a science fiction and apocalyptic narration on how the unknown creatures have destroyed the Earth. This book tells how the protagonist fought to the struggle in search of peace away from his wife.


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    George Schneider
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "I picked this up because it was compared to "The Road". It's nothing like Cormack's novel. This is something a 7th grader would belt out in their first period English class and get an encouraging B+ from the teacher for. That's not just a wild opinion; it's what my wife gave the first chapter after I demanded she tell me I wasn't losing my mind thinking it was terrible. Mind rays, people. Use protection."
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    Dreamcatcher is a science-fiction horror novel written by Stephen King. It was first published in 2001 by Charles Scribner's Sons under ISBN: 1501156756. The movie Dreamcatcher is based on this novel.

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    Celia Medina
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "In this Stephen King novel, he touches on substance abuse and mental illness. While it has a different feel to it than some of his other novels, it's still a great read."
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    #15The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner)

    The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner)
    The Maze Runner is the first novel in The Maze Runner series written by James Dashner which centers on Thomas who wakes up in the lift and had an amnesia. 


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    #16The Devil's Alphabet

    The Devil's Alphabet
    The Devil's Alphabet is a science fiction novel written by Daryl Gregory, author of the bestselling book Pandemonium. It tells the story of an unexplainable disease, the Transcription Divergence Syndrom.

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    Donna Harris
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Talk about a creepy book, not just from the cover! The plot is compelling and well-written, and really makes you think about the possibilities of viral diseases."


Best What are the best fiction books about diseases or viruses
1World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie WarBooks 37 Paid
2I Am LegendBooks 33 Paid
3The White PlagueBooks 32 Paid
4The StandBooks 30 Paid
5Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy)Books 27 Paid
6The Andromeda StrainBooks 26 Paid
7The Twelve (The Passage)Books 24 Paid
8One Hundred Years of SolitudeBooks 23 Paid
9OutbreakBooks 19 Paid
10Doomsday BookBooks 19 Paid

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