Book Review – World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie WarWorld War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It is the aftermath of the Zombie Apocalypse, humanity has struggled back from the edge of extinction, and a historian is tasked with interviewing the survivors to try and document as many first hand accounts as possible.

Interviewing survivors throughout China, Russia, South Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the United States of America, this series of accounts draws together the history of the Zombie War. From patient zero to the first outbreaks, to the governments who suppressed news to prevent hysteria, to humanity on the edge of extinction, this book is the record of those accounts.

I picked up this book after seeing the movie teaser trailer, and having a conversation with a friend which went “I don’t know how they can make a movie about it, given the way the book is structured.” Curious, I decided to see what she meant.

We’re not told how long ago the apocalypse was, but I’m guessing ten to twenty years, given the general age / health of the various survivors. Unfortunately, given we know we’re hearing from the survivors, the sense of tension is significantly lessened – we know they’re the survivors.

Also, as part of the authenticity, Brooks transcribes all the interviews in a Q&A style, which results in them having a similar voice throughout, despite the wide range of character backgrounds.

If you’re a Military fan, some of the tales of current weaponry vs zombies may interest you, but there wasn’t enough to keep me enthralled. I’m looking forward to the movie, but I won’t be reading this again.


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