Review - World War Z

Title: World War Z: An oral history of the zombie war
Author: Max Brooks
Release Date: September 27th 2011 (first published in 2006)
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

My Rating:

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.

Most of all, the book captures with haunting immediacy the human dimension of this epochal event. Facing the often raw and vivid nature of these personal accounts requires a degree of courage on the part of the reader, but the effort is invaluable because, as Mr. Brooks says in his introduction, “By excluding the human factor, aren’t we risking the kind of personal detachment from history that may, heaven forbid, lead us one day to repeat it? And in the end, isn’t the human factor the only true difference between us and the enemy we now refer to as ‘the living dead’?”

My Thoughts

I must admit before I start reviewing, that I read this book after watching the movie, which now that I have finished it, I do not advise. It was nothing like the movie and most certainly less entertaining for me. This being said, I gave it 3 stars because it ended up being a nice read.

I did enjoy the way the author wrote this book, with all the interviews and it was the first book of this kind that I have read. I found terrifying the way the government was portrait here, with all its plans to use part of the population as bait and it falling rather quickly.

One of my favorite interviews was the following:

  • Vostok Station Antarctica: This interview was with a man who sold a supposed 'cure' for the zombie illness.
' "Turn on the TV," he'd say. "What are you seeing? People selling their products? No. People selling the fear of you having to live without their products." Fuckin' A, was he right. Fear of aging, fear of loneliness, fear of poverty, fear of failure. Fear is the most basic emotion we have. Fear is primal. Fear sells. That was my mantra. "Fear sells." '

I loved how Max Brooks approached this. Mostly because he is completely right. If you analyze the commercials of today they mostly sell based on your fear and not exactly the product. This was brilliant.

I had plenty more favorite parts here but I will not reveal them all in this review, but rather post them as individual posts - something I will start doing with all the books I'll review from now on.

All in all this book was nice but not great. I can't pinpoint exactly what was missing in order to make it great (for me) but I know there was something that should be here and was not... Maybe it was Brad Pitt ahah

Unlike many others I would not consider this a horror book just because it depicts the way the government - the world - fell down taking us all with it. But some of the interviews were quite scary for me.

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