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World War Z by Max Brooks

Updated on September 14, 2014
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World War Z!

The zombies have been pushed back to a few isolated pockets on land. But they remain in the seas, never dying, even at depths that would crush a human. Here are the tales of survivors. Those who saw the first outbreaks and lived to tell the tale.

The Z Wars destroyed more than the victims. The living who share their stories are little more than zombies themselves. For in a horrific world filled with zombies, those so insane they act like zombies, feral children and more, no one is safe. Even after the war is finished, the zombies remain.

12/22/12: Slight tweak, enjoy!

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

This has to be the bleakest look at the zombie genre ever. There's less warmth in this novel than in any novel based on any war. Humans are used in a sort of Perfect Solution as zombie bait to allow the world's armies to retreat. Scarily enough, each country develops this idea pretty much on their own.

The masses of poor, starving and homeless that the zombies leave behind ravage the countryside, turn to cannibalism, even have to be destroyed before they kill and ravage others. Maybe the zombies are just a metaphor here. Human nature only barely masks our animal instincts, cannibalism, looting, and other terrors are only a national disaster away for some people.

Of course the zombies are wonderful and that is why anyone picks up the book. They travel in groups, calling others in with groans that carry for miles. The instinct seems to be to feed, endlessly. Luckily these zombies can't master doorknobs and are fairly poor climbers. But they have mastered sea travel, and even freezing only stops them until the spring thaw.


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Does the chaos in the book seem realistic if we fought a zombie war?

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Most Epic Quote:

"Lights got black. Grown-ups got scared. They screamed."--Sharon, World War Z

World War Z - Official Trailer (HD)

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    • Nightcat profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @anonymous: LOL! It was rather bleak at times Tipi. More like a classic war novel with zombies stuffed in. Thanks so much for the visit, hugs! :)

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      6 years ago

      Oh my, I think I would have a hard time sleeping if I read this. Yikes! :)

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      6 years ago

      @mojoCNYartist: Hi, mojo_007. No I don't have a account yet. I guess I should since I've done over fifty book reviews here and only one or two are still active. I'll look into the real trailer and thanks for visiting and the e-mail. Hugs! :)

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      6 years ago from CNY

      I thought this book was okay. I mean it's a good starting point for someone new to the genre or for the casual reader. You could update the trailer for the film with the real one, and not use the fanmade one. But nice lens. I had fun reading it, and I will have to check out some of these suggestions? Do you have a account? I would love to follow you there to get ideas of some good books to read.


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