World War Z by Max Brooks
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
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.
Faceplate shared by Morrier
Does the chaos in the book seem realistic if we fought a zombie war?
Most Epic Quote:
"Lights got black. Grown-ups got scared. They screamed."--Sharon, World War Z