World War Z

 
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Pages: 342
 
Format: hardcover
 
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5/ 5


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Exciting, scary, and realistic


Bottom Line

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War is a post-apocalyptic horror novel by Max Brooks published in 2006. It is a follow-up to his 2003 book The Zombie Survival Guide (a zombiesdrule.com favorite). So how does one go about reviewing a book like this? It’s not entirely a zombie story, although it […]

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Posted December 2, 2012 by

 
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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War is a post-apocalyptic horror novel by Max Brooks published in 2006. It is a follow-up to his 2003 book The Zombie Survival Guide (a zombiesdrule.com favorite). So how does one go about reviewing a book like this? It’s not entirely a zombie story, although it is filled with with tales of gore and zombie-fighting goodness. Nor is it really just one story. World War Z is a collection of first-person accounts of what is essentially considered the third world war, the war against the zombies. This reviewer had a tough time coming up with the right words to describe how fantastic this novel is, not just as a zombie tale but as a magnificent piece of writing that anyone would enjoy. I wanted to make sure I did this book and you readers justice.

Firstly, without giving away too much, let’s delve a bit deeper into what this book is about. World War Z is written as if it is a true account of the Zombie War with Brooks acting as an agent of the United Nations Postwar Commission. This book is his report of what he has gathered through interviewing all types of people who have lived through the Zombie War. This report gets published a decade after the Zombie War. Much has been left out of the official report by the United Nations who choose to focus on facts and figures from the war rather than the individual stories. The interviews chart a decade-long war against zombies from the view point of many different people of various nationalities. The personal accounts also describe the changing religious, geo-political, and environmental aftermath of the Zombie War. These accounts are what make this book so engrossing. The reader delves deeply into the eclectic mix of characters, their lives and their experiences before, during and after the war. It’s gritty and real and a must-read for anyone who enjoys exploring the human condition.

Some interesting facts about the book for you keeners. Brooks designed World War Z to follow the “laws” set up in The Zombie Survival Guide, and explained that the guide may exist in the world of the novel as a precursor to the Zombie War. The zombies of The Zombie Survival Guide are undead humans reanimated by an incurable virus, Solanum. They are devoid of intelligence and are motivated only by the desire to consume living flesh. The only way to destroy them is to destroy the brain, by any means. Although zombies are as strong as the humans they infected, and do not tire, they are slow moving and incapable of planning or cooperation in their attacks. Zombies usually reveal their presence by moaning. Everything in this book is %100 accurate. As Brooks says:

“Everything in World War Z (as in The Zombie Survival Guide) is based in reality… well, except the zombies. But seriously, everything else in the book is either taken from reality or 100% real. The technology, politics, economics, culture, military tactics… it was a LOT of homework.”

Apparently Brooks did some major research. He used a variety of reference books and consulted with friends who were experts in several fields when writing the novel. He also cites the U.S. Army as a reference on firearm statistics, though he does not state how those statistics were obtained.

The realism of the novel helps to create a reading experience unlike any other, at least unlike any that this reviewer has had. I felt like I might understand what it would be like to live through the Zombie War. It’s exciting, realistic and scary as hell. All of the accounts combined run the gamut from somber and heart-wrenching to absolute terror. It all melds together with a human touch that this reviewer thinks is what sets this novel apart from the rest. The emotions you feel when reading this book are real and NOT forced.It’s easy to get lost in the stories in this book, I couldn’t put it down. I had zombie nightmares for weeks! You try imaging a post-zombie world where Cuba has become the world’s most thriving economy.

This book is awesome. Pick it up and read it, you will love it! I can’t say anymore other than…If you call yourself a fan of the zombie genre and haven’t read this book, you’re simply not a fan. Get it!


ZombieMaster