I'm not talking about those books.
These books are the books about the human race confronting hostile, existential threats and being irrevocably changed in the process; books that will, if you let them, take you on page-turning journeys into terrifying fates and leave you with a sinking feeling of delectable dread because they tread new ground in terms of being so completely frightening.
The Girl with All the Gifts is not an experience that is improved by a lot of advance detail; I was a double-digit number of pages into this book before I realized what kind of book it even was. Anyone who says to you that it is a "zombie book" is a lazy person and likely not your friend. I'm your friend, and you can trust me when I tell you to read this, not simply because it bucks easy genre classification and deserves the additional attention of anything which defies category, but because it is outstanding. In the genre-within-a-genre that is monster / horror stories, and with pop culture having made the walking dead such a buzzphrase that you thought of the TV show when I used it, it should be impossible to revitalize and make once again chilling, the zombie.
It should be impossible. It isn't, because Carey has done it. Familiarity dulls the knifepoint of terror, so Carey alienates you from what is expected. From the sterile and regimented beginnings of this tale - which begins before we arrive - to the inescapable and inexorable series of unfolding conclusions which follow, every character is fleshed out and feels like a person you might have run into, every locale is described in mundane detail that never seems mundane, and the reader gets sucked into the book while the book leaves a thumbprint on the reader's brain. As it should be, I think.
Listening to this book on audio is also a good option, read as it is by Finty Williams, an actress of all screen sizes who is also the daughter of Dame Judi Dench. The reading is excellent, and I recommend one or both.
Robogenesis, the follow-up to his 2011 book, Robopocalypse. While it would be easy to think of the latter as World War Z with robots, that would not give the book enough credit; while there were similarities in format and presentation, Wilson's story was simply a first act, and the narrative made that amply clear. His second act, Robogenesis, takes the story of the global robot uprising into its second stage, and in so doing, mixes technology with humanity in three completely disturbing and horrifying ways, taking us into the minds of humans and AI as they progress in their journeys and adjust to the new reality of what life is in the wake of the events of the first book. While it is possible to jump in without having read the first part of the story, I don't recommend it and I imagine the effect would be confusing and a little jarring. The rhythm of Wilson's narrative jumps effortlessly from the first book to the second one, and even after three years, I found myself clicking with the characters while my skin crawled to imagine what was happening to them.
Robopocalypse and Robogenesis are also both available as audiobooks from the library - I have not personally sampled either one, but listening to the first one would be a quick way to get caught up if you're unfamiliar. Additionally (and also recommended), there is a collection of short stories from the library edited by Daniel H. Wilson, appropriately titled Robot Uprisings, which is generally less on the scary side of things, leaning more toward the speculative and philosophical.
So, go and read - the fate of humanity may depend upon it.