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What I’m Reading: World War Z

Posted on the 21 October 2013 by Karaevs @KaraEvs

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What I’m Reading: World War ZFrom Goodreads.com:
The 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.

Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.

Most of all, the book captures with haunting immediacy the human dimension of this epochal event. Facing the often raw and vivid nature of these personal accounts requires a degree of courage on the part of the reader, but the effort is invaluable because, as Mr. Brooks says in his introduction, “By excluding the human factor, aren’t we risking the kind of personal detachment from history that may, heaven forbid, lead us one day to repeat it? And in the end, isn’t the human factor the only true difference between us and the enemy we now refer to as ‘the living dead’?”

Note: Some of the numerical and factual material contained in this edition was previously published under the auspices of the United Nations Postwar Commission. …

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My review:
I first heard about this book back when it was announced that Brad Pitt would be starring in the movie adaptation of it. I never really paid much attention to the book or the movie, even, despite my affliction towards the undead and everyone’s fascination with them. Kyle was needed some reading material for his lunch breaks during night shift at work, so I bought the book for him through Amazon. He really loved it, so I thought I’d give it a go.

My first impression through reading it was, how on earth did they figure out a plot line for the movie? I’ve yet to watch it, but I’m curious to see which route they took.

My second impression was simply, “Wow.” Max Brooks really did an amazing job thinking every small aspect through of the “Zombie War.” He thought of how the living dead would impact every country, every city, every individual in the world. Some of the “people” he “spoke” with had quite amazing stories to tell. Some of the sections really pulled me in, the way good journalism should, however some sections were just OK. (Not the writing, but the stories that were being told.) There were several individuals who made reference to famous people, and it really made me stop and try to figure out who exactly was being referenced. (In one section, I’m certain the Queen on England herself was being mentioned slyly)

Once I got the general feel of the book, I really couldn’t put it down. It’s realistic, and it really brings the idea of a zombie apocalypse to the light of being a possibility.

Overall, I give World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War 4 ½ Stars out of 5.


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