Max Brooks’ WORLD WAR Z

9780715643099After watching the film, and being pleasantly surprised, despite all the production/screenplay problems it was rumoured to have had, I thought I should check out the original.

The movie was a welcome change from the slow (slow) burn of The Walking Dead and even though the book’s zombies were back to the more traditional shambling zombies the scope of the book was also refreshing from the, bordering on tedious, Walking Dead.

The book is told as an oral history, very similar to many of the military history books I love. The “author” has been writing a report for the UN on the Zombie War but hasn’t been able to included many of the personal stories he encountered while researching his official report. The book is therefore the “history book” of the war.

The ‘author’ interviews people from all around the world and who have all had various experiences during the war. We hear from soldiers, doctors, divers, politicians, civilians. We learn how the zombie plague spread and how the world reacted to it. Brooks brings some really interesting ideas to the zombie genre. I especially loved the military reaction. Conventional weapons and tactics proved ineffectual and had to change. The big one being it was impossible to instill fear against a brainless, undead horde. The way Brooks demonstrates all the different worldwide reactions is fascinating and makes for compelling reading.

9780804165730I highly recommend the audio version which is done with an all-star cast including Max Brooks himself as the narrator.

If you are growing weary with The Walking Dead this is the boost you need.

ISBN: 9780715643099
ISBN-10: 0715643096
Classification: Science fiction
Format: Paperback (198mm x 129mm x mm)
Pages: 342
Imprint: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
Publish Date: 16-May-2013
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

ISBN: 9780804165730
ISBN-10: 0804165734
Classification: Horror & ghost stories , War & combat fiction
Format: CD-Audio (154mm x 130mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Random House Audio
Publisher: Random House Audio
Publish Date: 4-Jun-2013
Country of Publication: United States

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