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Book Review: World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War

Updated on May 20, 2010

World War Z

World War Z An Account of first hand encounters with the undead in a zombie apocalypse of the world.
World War Z An Account of first hand encounters with the undead in a zombie apocalypse of the world.

World War Z Book Review

Without a doubt one of the best books I read last year was World War Z, which is a fictional account of a zombie apocalypse and worldwide war of the zombies, the book was so riveting I think about it even now, bits and pieces of the book must have been thought out by someone with common sense and actual realism, I often have this image in my mind of zombies walking on the ocean bed killing whales and other little fishes like in the book.

The books story is so written in a style that you'd think the accounts of eye witnesses and other reports were actually real and with an outbreak that is first heard of in China which some dismiss as other things entirely, there are some interviews from survivors of the zombie war which seems to have happened over a ten year period.

The best bits of the book is the reaction to the first outbreak, which in typical film style is covered up and the governments try to forget about it or don't treat it seriously and this sounds totally like today's society when we worry about swine flu, but then when something bigger comes along like a zombie virus we'll just shrug it off as just even swinier flu, as some of the best zombie films that spring to mind, the way us humans react in different ways is what is explored through the zombie hordes arriving on the west of Europe and mainland America and because the Chinese authorities covered it up, no one knows about it, so it caught everyone off guard.

The story is about piecing together all the survivor accounts which are like little stories that make up the whole of the zombie wars history and this way of telling the story was something that really engaged me to read every word as you wanted to read what happened to individuals who got caught up in the beginnings of the zombie outbreak and even in the middle of the undead armies of zombies.

The author Max Brooks examines the key players quite well I thought and their struggles with doing the right thing and the governments failings which echo what could actually happen if this was real, and all the research adds to the story of military safeguards and other stuff you would either have to have worked there or done alot of homework which the author has obviously done in depth.

The book is a really good read and one that I may read again at some point just to see if I missed anything, overall the story was the most fascinating story and it was like a real life account that occurred a couple of years ago, I know there is an audio book too which I ordered for Christmas, so if you are into zombies and want to read something that isn't your standard story with lead characters and want to look into a potential alternate universe where the zombies engulfed the planet the check this book out!

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      EJ Lambert 

      7 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I know I'm late to the party. With the movie approaching I just started reading this book. I have to say it is a remarkable piece of work. How the author is able to get so many different perspectives from different angles and yet never lose the linear timeline of the story is impressive. The stories are deep and engaging and the voices of the characters easy to identify with.

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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      It's a corker that's been made into a movie now too! cheers now!

    • Charlie Koch profile image

      Charlie Koch 

      9 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Thanks for the review! I'll be reading this one soon

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      11 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yes I believe the author Max Brooks wrote another zombie book the zombie survival guide as it is referenced in this book too, so it look as if he has done his research into zombie history and made it blend with reality fairly well I thought.

      Cheers M T Dremer!

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      M. T. Dremer 

      11 years ago from United States

      I've been interested in this book for a while now, but I wasn't sure how the author handled it. I like the concept of conveying the war through first hand accounts. By the sound of it, he is taking elements from several different versions of the zombie lore to create a kind of source book for all things zombie. I look forward to reading it!

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      Wayne Tully 

      11 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yes this book was a great read and the way you read the story is unlike anything I've read before and you can piece everything together with all of the witness and survivor accounts and it all makes sense, a very well thought out piece of fiction which could have been real...I was nearly going to buy a shotgun on ebay ready for the zombie apocalypse!!(even though you can't buy fire arms on!)

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      11 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Oh that sounds fun! Nice change from all the zombie movies. I like them, but the idea of doing them in a novel is going to be a kick and a half.


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