World War Z, otherwise known as “The Zombie War”, became unbelievably close to eliminating humanity all-together. This is the story of its survivors, as written and interviewed by Max Brooks.
This book is written as an oral history rather than a narrative. It takes place years after the horrific zombie apocalypse and focuses on the participants past experiences during the war. Each chapter is a different person’s story.
Settings range from the army all the way to space and represents the zombie war from different countries all over the world. But no matter how different, all of these people have one thing in common: they’ve come face-to-face with flesh-eating monsters, aka the living dead.
When I first started reading it, I adored the idea of a collection of real-life stories strung together by a journalist. Up until about half way through, I was lapping up each tale of horrific zombie attacks and heartbreaking human experiences.
However, it soon became clear that none of the characters I’d become attached to where going to reappear. In fact, each story was self-contained and the only thing stringing them together was the zombies. It started to feel a bit monotonous due to the lack of an anchor keeping all of the narratives in place.
I was also looking forward to learning more about the journalist, but that never came either. It’s clear that Max Brooks has an incredible writing style and a knack for devising engaging stories, but for me, I would have liked a little bit more stability.
(*Yes, I know my Pop vinyl of Gus from Breaking Bad isn’t a zombie, but he kind of looks like one. Don’t you think?)