World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

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By (author) Max Brooks

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  • Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 342 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 27mm | 258g
  • Publication date: 16 May 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0715643096
  • ISBN 13: 9780715643099
  • Edition: Media tie-in
  • Edition statement: Media tie-in
  • Sales rank: 16,848

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It began with rumours from China about another pandemic. Then the cases started to multiply and what had looked like the stirrings of a criminal underclass, even the beginnings of a revolution, soon revealed itself to be much, much worse. Faced with a future of mindless, man-eating horror, humanity was forced to accept the logic of world government and face events that tested our sanity and our sense of reality.

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Max Brooks lives in New York City but is ready to move to a more remote and defensible location at a moment's notice. His Zombie Survival Guide was adopted as a required text by all of the world's basic military training programmes during the recent global conflict.

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By Nurture Waratah 11 Jan 2014 5

This is, without a doubt, the best apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic novel I have ever read. If you are after a zombie horror, you will be seriously disappointed, because the zombies themselves are not prominent characters i this book.

Instead, Brooks presents us with a series of interviews ten years after the war has ended. Unlike many post-apocalyptic novels, World War Z presents us with a global picture of events. We see interviews with people from many countries, many age groups, many careers, many socio-economic groups - giving a total picture of what was happening everywhere to everyone.

The subtitle of this book describes it as an oral history and this description is fitting.The story does not have a traditional plot, in the sense of one story, revolving around one character, with one clear beginning, middle and end. Instead, it consists of lots of mini-stories, with each interview presenting another piece to the puzzle.

I was particularly impressed with the author's ability to present each interview in a genuine voice suitable to the purported character. Every one of these interviews is entirely believable and it is this believability that adds to the sense of tension this book creates.

I have seen some people complain about the sheer volume of characters, stating that this affected their ability to engage. I would like to humbly disagree. While it is true that I cannot remember all of the names, I do not consider this to be an essential element to compassion or empathy. I, myself, fully engaged with each and every character in this book, to the point that I found myself emotionally immersed in their stories I won't spoil the story by stating what happened, but one interview with a dog handler, actually had me in tears.

Another thing I liked about this book is the underlying political commentary. Whether you agree or disagree with the messages being presented, they will surely catch your interest.

In fact, I suspect that this one of those onion books that needs to be read and re-read to grasp all of the underlying commentary. I will certainly be re-reading my copy. In fact, I hope to get my hands on the audio-book, which, I am told, is read by a full cast of characters. I feel that this will bring even more depth to an already brilliant story.

I do not know whether it is the writing skill of Max Brooks, the unique format of this book, or the incredible realism therein (or perhaps a combination of all three) but this was, by far, the scariest zombie novel I have ever read.

I highly recommend it to absolutely everybody!

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'An absolute must-have ... Brooks infuses his writing with such precise detail and authenticity, one wonders if he knows something we don't' Simon Pegg 'As a horror story, it's exciting. As a parable, it's terrifying' Empire 5* review 'Max Brooks really is the godfather of all the zombie stories' The Sun 'It's Apocalypse Now, pandemic style' USA Today