Book Review: ‘World War Z’ by Max Brooks

Have you ever wondered what it would be like in the face of a true zombie apocalypse?

You can’t tell me you haven’t, even if only for a minute or two in passing. Well you’ve found the right book: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks, author of the much more widely-known manual known as The Zombie Survival Guide.

World War Z is the most profoundly thought-out ‘what if zombies were real’ I’ve ever seen in in my life. You’re shown where the infection started, where it ended, and everything in between. The book is written as if the author had gathered true stories from those who survived ‘World War Z’, like a collective memoir of sorts. And the variety of characters Brooks introduces you to is quite impressive, moreso because each one has a unique voice and story. You hear from soldiers on the front lines, from a paraplegic who took the night watch in his neighborhood, from a Japanese otaku who left his apartment for the first time in a year by shimmying down the outside of a building on a bedsheet rope, from a little girl whose companions turned to cannibalism… Every aspect of what could and would go wrong is thoroughly covered in World War Z, and in a way that captivates the reader.

Much like George A. Romero is the master of zombie films, I do not hesitate to say that Max Brooks is the master of zombie literature. If you’ve even once been curious, asked ‘what would zombies really be like?’, you need to pick up this book (Barnes and Noble, the library, wherever) and give it a read. You won’t regret it.

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