World War Z

I was so happy when my roommate bought this book. A little bit because I knew he would love it, but a lot because it meant I got to read it again. Because I love World War Z.

There’s not much about this novel I don’t love. Essentially a collection of short stories, World War Z is told in a biographical interview style. A UN employee has interviewed several people who lived through the great zombie war, from the beginning right to the very end, not to find out the origins or how the war was won, but to get the human side of the story. How did individuals on the ground experience the apocalypse?

In a myriad of ways, thanks to the deft storytelling of Max Brooks (son of Mel Brooks, yes, THAT Mel Brooks.) The amount of perspectives in this novel is immense. From Germany to Russia to South America to South Africa to Japan, almost everyone gets a say. And with each tales, told mostly chronologically, Brooks fits in a new piece of the puzzle for the reader to build their own internal timeline of the war.

There’s really only one complaint I have. It’s too short. And he has written basically nothing but comic books since. The movie was….okay….but it certainly doesn’t achieve the level this book has. Zombie/horror/sci-fi fans, World War Z is a must read. Also, if you see Brooks on a podcast, I suggest you listen to it. He is a very well-spoken thoughtful person.

4 out of 4 stars.

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