Book Review: World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War

World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie WarWorld War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War by Max Brooks

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Until now I have yet to watch a single episode of Walking Dead, such is my feeling of disgust over shuffling, slow witted zombies. So I put off reading this book for almost a year, despite my husband’s strong recommendation to read the book. (It also does not help that this book was written by offspring of Mel Brooks; I was afraid it was one big zombie farce).

This book was about how the world descended into a zombie war and how it got itself out of it; from the beginning of the crisis with patient zero, its slow spread, sheer hopelessness for the human race, and the efforts to rebuild.

The entire fantasy is fleshed out well; Mr. Brooks uses the faux oral history style of story telling to provide different perspectives from different people in different roles in different parts of the world. Each story referenced another story in other parts of the book, sometimes adding more detail or providing an alternative perspective of the events. Despite this seemingly eclectic structure, there was a strong narrative flow (Mr. Brooks was using a semi linear timeline here). The pace was sustained, and though there were separate stories, the novel built itself a nice consistent feeling of fear, dread, despair, hope, triumph and finally the weary task of living after everyone has died.

The individual stories in itself were jewels, worthy of a good twilight zone episode or a TV episode. My personal favorites were the story of the bureaucrat who was managing the reconstruction and resource allocation after the war (I have a similar job, and I empathize with him fully! someone has to make the unpopular decisions!) and the story of the pilot who was guided behind enemy lines by a mysterious radio controller.

A worthy collection of stories to represent the human race, should the zombies ever attack.

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