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World War Z: an Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

April 7th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

Description: this book is made up of excerpts from interviews with those who survived the zombie war and their experiences from around the world.  The interviews range from military leaders and teenagers to a blind former gardener in Japan.  Through these interviews the reader slowly sees where the zombie scourge originated and how living humans started to take back their lives.

When I first heard of this book I thought it sounded great.  I did not realize that the entire book was going to be made up of interview excerpts but once you get into it you can’t put the book down.  There were several interviews that I was saying “No, you can’t stop there.  I want to know what happened next.”  Brooks’ interviews cover both the good and the bad of what a crisis of this proportion can force people to commit.  Most countries began to turn the tide in the livings favor by implementing some for of the Redeker plan which basically openly calls for sacrificing a large portion of the population to serve as bait to lure the zombies away from a core group of survivors and military who were then able to start re-creating some semblance of a new world and come up with a plan to take their country back from the zombies.   When you first hear the premise of the plan it sounds horrifying that the leaders you trust to take care of you could willing throw you to the wolves so to speak but then you also look at the alternative of having no hope of anyone ever defeating the zombies otherwise.  It’s a lose-lose situation and I would not have wanted to be one of those that made the decision.

I was surprised that although you do not follow a main character (other than the interviewer) throughout the book you are drawn into each interviewee’s story.  The main question I had and maybe I missed it since I wasn’t feeling well when I read this book was what ever happened to North Korea?  They say North Korea went silent and no one knows what happened to the people.  I don’t believe that was resolved in the end so I suppose that could leave an opening for a sequel.  This is definitely not your typical zombie book.  Yes, there is some discussion of the fights between humans and zombies but this focuses on the emotional affect the war had on humanity and the decisions people were forced to make in order to survive.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, General Fiction

2 Responses

  1. Mo (Unmainstream Mom Reads)

    This one is on my TBR list, so I’m happy to see your opinions on it :)

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