Book: World War Z
Author: Max Brooks
Genre: Science Fiction (I guess. It’s a zombie book, but written like a historical biography)
Morality Rating: R
Readability Rating: 5 stars
Buy it: Amazon
The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time.World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.
Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.
This book is so realistic and awesome, I half expected to hear about real zombie outbreaks the next day on the news.
Plot: This book is constructed like interviews with war veterans. Basically, Brooks structured the book like the zombie outbreak was real and had actually happened in the past. So there wasn’t really a “plot” per se, but the overall effect was awesome and made the universe seem quite realistic.
Characters: There were a lot of characters telling their experiences with the zombie outbreaks- both before they knew what it was and after. I liked how Brooks was able to make each person sound unique and like they came from different backgrounds.
Setting: The setting kind of confused me. I wasn’t sure what the year was supposed to be. For example, one guy interviewed talked about how he was a teen when the outbreaks started. In the interview he sounded like he was at least 30, which would indicate that a lot of time had passed. However, some of the characters seemed like they were part of WWII or something, which means that the after zombie time was now, which means the zombie outbreak happened in the past? I’m not sure.
Writing: I loved every bit of the writing in this book. Even though the stories were interviews, they seemed real and quite descriptive. I was impressed.
Even if you don’t like zombie books, this is a book that you should read. It is pretty much awesome, and quite the trailblazing book. I’m a fan. I will definitely follow all of any other books that Max Brooks chooses to write! I’m not surprised they made a movie of his book.