Given all if the hype earlier this year around the movie World War Z – which I have yet to see – I thought I would look into reading the book (World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, by Max Brooks). I asked around to see if any of my friends have read it, and the response was largely “yes” and “it was terrific”. So I just finished reading it myself, and I have to agree, it was a great book.
The entire novel is a series of short stories, captured and documented by the main character, while writing his own book on the zombie war – basically, a book about an author writing a book. Each short story, as told by the interviewee, had its own characters, plot, start, and finish. When woven together, these characters and individual plots tell a massive tail which encompasses the entire globe and all of humanity. I completed every chapter wanting to read the next, and flew through the entire book in a few days.
World War Z covers the entire zombie war, over several years, beginning with early zombie outbreaks and sightings. Characters and events are pulled from around the world, and give interesting insight into how various countries and cultures might deal with a zombie outbreak and attack. Some triumph, while others fail miserably.
This is definitely and obviously a must read for any fan of “zombie lore” (I know there are a lot of you out there). It would also be great for fans of post-apocalyptic books, and not too far off for traditional Sci-Fi readers. I enjoyed it!