CBR III Review #23: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
I love to read but there are very few books that once I finish I want to start rereading immediately. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War is a series of first person accounts that details the world’s war against the zombies. The novel interviews military personnel, survivors, and intelligence officers across the world as they recount the war.
Max Brooks when discussing World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War mentioned that he purposely mirrored the book to look like the historical account of Studs Terkel’s The Good War. The interview style of the novel makes the novel truly come alive and it starts to feel a little too realistic, which is a hard task to do when the novel’s major enemy is in fact the walking dead.
Brooks mirrors some of his characters after actual individuals in Government and Entertainment today but without truly delving into the context clues some of them are hard to identify.
How would individual countries react to the zombie outbreak? This books examines this question. It also examines how you can fight an enemy that never physically tires or becomes psychologically weaker. It also takes a look at how those who survive are currently handling their survivors guilt. My favorite sections of the book were the parts that discussed how far some governments were willing to go to win the zombie war, even if it meant sacrificing thousand and thousands of survivors to protect some of their military assets. After reading novels in the zombie genre for the last few weeks I truly feel that Max Brook’s War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War is truly one of the best novels in the genre.*
*I’m categorizing The Walking Dead a graphic novel.
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Three Rivers Press (October 16, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307346617
- ISBN-13: 978-0307346612
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars