Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “#zombie (Zombie Botnet #1)” as Want to Read:
#zombie (Zombie Botnet #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


(Zombie Botnet #1)

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  206 ratings  ·  22 reviews
A Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Novel for the Digital Age.

Some blamed Twitter, others Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and even MySpace. The zombie botnet infiltrated them all, and the world was changed forever.

#zombie was the biggest trend on Twitter ever, and zombie 'selfies' as much a cause for the destruction of mankind as the original zombie botnet itself.

A press of a button an
Paperback, 238 pages
Published February 6th 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published January 20th 2014)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about #zombie, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about #zombie

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.26  · 
Rating details
 ·  206 ratings  ·  22 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Zoe's Human
Apr 18, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf

1) This it the most heavy-handed metaphor I've ever seen in my life. The social-media-makes-us-zombies metaphor doesn't need to be done with a bludgeon.

2) The manner in which people become zombies is asinine. If Twitter's gonna make folks zombies, it needs to be a comedy.

3) Repetitive much? I've only read the first two chapter and each of them only needed to be 3, maybe 4, paragraphs max. In fact, huge chunks of chapter one are spent describing what zombies are.

DNF at 8%.
Shana Festa
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies
Tweets to die for in '#zombie' by Al K. line, When hashtags fight back

Designed to turn viewers catatonic and follow a subliminal command allowing hacker, Ven, to access their personal data brings about an unexpected side effect. '#zombie' is trending, and those unlucky enough to be accessing the internet and other visual media become mindless, ravenous zombies. Those affected go into a food coma much like after a big Thanksgiving dinner; satiated and content, with their distended abdomens bulgin
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
The Twittering Dead

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-copy of this book for review through Library Thing's Member Giveaway program.)

"Ven hit enter and Armageddon was unleashed."

Ven - short for ven.GEANCE, her online hacker tag; Sarah to the tax collector - just wanted to make an obscene amount of cash. And, perhaps more importantly, build the best botnet the world had ever seen. And she did. Build a virtually indestructible bot, that is. The cash? Well, as it turns out, cash is less than usel
May 15, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies
This was not the worst zombie book that I have ever read, but there are quite a few issues that I had with this book. If I had paid for this book I would have been very disappointed but since it was free on Amazon I gave it a little more leeway.

Firstly, for some reason the author feels that he has to beat you over the head with certain points. How many times do we need to be reminded that Ven and Kyle are unlikely friends? According to the author COUNTLESS times!

Secondly, there is a point in th
Mar 05, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
(Full disclosure: I received a free e-copy of this book for review through Booklikes Giveaway program.)

Written by Al K. Line, #zombie, follows two hackers, an infant, and an overweight dog as they navigate a new world overrun by zombies. The twist is that Ven (the pre-imminent hacker extraordinaire) is the CAUSE of the zombie catastrophe. Line has come up with a unique scenario of how a zombie apocalypse could begin. What if it all started with a computer hack that perpetuated itself through lin
Kelly B
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
I received this book from Goodreads First Look in exchange for an honest review.

I admit I'm a fan of zombie novels, and I was excited when I won this book. The premise is interesting: a zombie virus is activated through the internet. I'm a bit of a Luddite when it comes to cell phones (I still have an old fashioned "dumb phone" in lieu of a smartphone), so I got a kick out of the virus being spread through people using Facebook and Twitter on their iphones.

#Zombie is graphic at parts, but it's n
Michelle Bacon
May 14, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

#zombie is a story about a computer hacker named Ven that unleashes a virus into a computer program that turns people into zombies. They become infected through social media sites such a Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
The story jumps around with no steady flow making it hard to follow. New characters introduced at the end of the book with no development and no building of a climax. There was no purpose really. Then the story just abruptly ends. I understand there are two more books in th
Weird "zombie"

Novel based on technology... love a good zombie novel but this didn't do this for me. It strikes me as somewhat grasping for a new idea on zombie origins and not quite pulling it off. Very sad and unrealistic. The writing was not bad though.
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alright. I have to admit that "zombie" WILL catch my attention. Add to that fact the horrifically successful trend to hashtag EVERYTHING and, yeah, I'm going to take a look. Not to mention that the cover for this is pretty sweet in its simplicity.

To read this, and other book reviews, visit my website:

#zombie by Al K. Line (and if this isn't an awesome battery-related pen name, I will be slightly disappointed) is an intriguing zombie tale whose outbreak st
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You can call me Al

I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of a different type of zombie Apocalypse, one that you imagine could actually happen. No mysterious disease caused by the accidental release of a biological virus, or an Apocalyptic scenario brought on by an angry God, simply the widespread madness introduced into a world infatuated with the world wide web. Just a click on your smartphone, or the viewing of an impossibly cute cat meme brings on an insatiable desire to kill and consume anyone unluc
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up just thinking it would be a nice in between read before I could start a book I really wanted to read. It surprised me by being a a fairly decent zombie novel with a little something different. We are so used to there being a virus that starts everything that it's a no brainer. This is a hacker induced zombie apocalypse, though not intentional the results are still the same. It took me a while to warm up to the characters even though I liked the idea immediately. The characters j ...more
Stephen Abell
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Original idea.

Though Zombies have been done-to-death in recent years, this is an original take on the idea; especially in the Zombie creation. It's this that I gave the extra star for.

Without that nice twist it would've been just another Zombie book.

That said the author is very conscientious over characterisations, because you'll find different characters within these pages than you're expecting. This is a very good thing as it makes enjoyable reading, principally as the author does such a good
Paula Fulkerson
Another take on the zombie apocalypse. This really pushed the envelope so to speak. I get putting subliminal messages into social media to steal random stuff, but turning people into zombies is just too far-stretched. As far as the writing, it was well written. Character development was also reasonably done well. Personally I just think this took a not so believable take on the zombie apocalypse. Now if the author was going for symbolism, he was spot on. In today's society, we are definitely zom ...more
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies, don-t-bother
I couldn't finish the book. 34% through and that was forcing myself that far. The characters we have been introduced to so far are dull, and I have no interest in seeing them survive or not.
The next 2 books in the trilogy have very good reviews, so I am hoping I can catch up with the storyline and read them, as the premise behind this zombie apocalypse story is great. Fingers crossed for books 2 & 3 !
Angelia Sparrow
Badly edited, with more missing commas than make for comfortable reading, this tale none the less kept me flipping pages. The two protagonists are not likable, and not meant to be. The zombie apocalypse via hacker is the best description. I'm hesitant to read the second book because of the author's propensity for talking directly to the reader and failure to punctuate.
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this book really hard to get through, it didn't really hold my attention. I found that the author repeated things a lot and I didn't really enjoy reading about the computers and technology, a little bit would have been ok but not in so much detail. I thought that it was a really good concept and there was really good and intense parts of the book but most of it I found boring.
Edwina Callan
Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge from the LibraryThing website.

A botnet infiltration, running rampant on social media, causes mind-melt to FBers, Tweeters, and Gramers.
The Zombie Apocalypse has arrived, triggered by a greedy hacker who unleashes a virus which she can not control.
This is not your average Zombie book ... I loved it !!!
Highly recommended.
Lori Franklin Hopkins
I was given the opportunity to read this for free in exchange for an honest review from

Awesome!!! Loved it! Would recommend! Gets you thinking about how scary a situation like that is a possibility!
John Valdez-Hernandez
A bit slow in the beginning. At first I wasn't enjoying it at all and almost stopped reading it. Glad I stuck it out. Some parts the proof reader must have dozed off because I was like "what?". The ending is a little hard to believe and I didn't much care for it. Hope 2.0 I better.
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Scary. This story makes me want to give up the internet. I even had to peek at my computer to make sure I wasn't turning into a Zombie myself.
Marci Samenski
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting concept and execution. It is a scary scenario and actually quite plausible in my humble opinion. I certainly will not be clicking random links any time soon.
rated it really liked it
Jul 04, 2019
Eilene Kleva
rated it liked it
Oct 21, 2015
rated it really liked it
Jan 22, 2019
Anthony Honeycutt
rated it liked it
Jul 26, 2015
susan brinkman
rated it really liked it
Dec 10, 2016
rated it it was amazing
Oct 14, 2016
rated it did not like it
May 10, 2018
Brian Lee
rated it it was amazing
Mar 22, 2016
Living Large
rated it it was amazing
Dec 13, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Goodreads Librari...: ACE Request Please 3 17 Feb 28, 2014 02:45PM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Flotilla of the Dead  (Sovereign Spirit Saga, #2)
  • Zombie Rehab (Impact, #2)
  • Zombie Tales: Primrose Court Apt. 305
  • Within (LZR-1143, #1.5)
  • The Wild Country (Living with the Dead #4)
  • Zomblog II (Zomblog, #2)
  • Valley Of Death, Zombie Trailer Park
  • Aftermath (Deadlocked, #5)
  • Necropolis (The Shadow Wars, #1)
  • Autumn (The Survivors, #2)
  • Dead Days: Episode One (Dead Days Season One #1)
  • Jeremy's Choice (The Peeling, #1)
  • Dark Grace (Grace, #3)
  • Hold Me (Life After the Outbreak #3)
  • Colony Z: The Island (Vol. 1)
  • Dead, but Not for Long
See similar books…
Al K. Line is a British author who lives in rural England with his wife, son, and dogs.

When asked to describe himself for this bio all we got was the following:

"Who am I? Degrees, jobs, living in other countries, fighting squirrels, cuddling monkeys, amused by penguins, all the usual stuff."

Other books in the series

Zombie Botnet (4 books)
  • Zombie 2.0 (Zombie Botnet #2)
  • Alpha Zombie (Zombie Botnet #3)
  • Zombie Slaver (Zombie Botnet #4)
“His day had been just like so many others — a boring as hell meeting in the morning, consisting of people going over the same conversations they'd already had via email, then working on a few projects when he was actually given any time to be productive. It was all so pointless, such a waste of resources. The afternoon had been filled making a few calls to clients then answering emails that he didn't doubt would then be discussed at length, again, the next day in yet another meeting.” 1 likes
“This seemed beyond any corporate stunt, maybe something serious really was going on? But zombies? Yeah, right! Flicking through his timeline, which seemed to have auto-followed thousands of new people somehow, nearly every tweet had a link attached. Either that or grossly distorted selfies of people who seriously needed to get to a hospital, it was unnerving to say the least.” 1 likes
More quotes…