Wednesday, July 3, 2013

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

Book: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
Author: Max Brooks

ReviewThe 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. -Goodreads

This book was equal parts gripping, creepy and fascinating. It was also completely unique and unlike anything I've ever read. I loved the alternating narratives and perspectives of different survivors of the war. Brooks shows us the full spectrum from soldiers, commanding officers, government officials, doctors, regular families, opportunists, children, etc.  Although the book dragged on after awhile, I was immersed in the story and couldn't wait to see how humans rose above the undead. A super fun read!

Grade: 4/5

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