World War Z — Review

August 18, 2013

I recently read World War Z by Max Brooks and, interestingly, I really enjoyed it.

So here’s the thing: I haven’t really been that into the whole zombie thing. I’ve thought briefly about whether I’d survive the zombie apocalypse (not a chance) and there are some story lines and scenarios that I find interesting, but overall, I just haven’t been that interested.

And then I read World War Z. If I had to describe it in two worlds, I’d choose “compulsively readable.” I think what really drew me in was the fact that it’s really not about the zombies, but about the people. It’s an oral history of sorts, so we’re reading the stories of how people and societies reacted to this (admittedly fictional) turn of events.

The oral history format was a great way to convey these stories and Brooks manages to tell a lot of the backstory and the progression of the war through the various narratives.

There are allusions to some pretty horrific acts and it has its gory moments, but I think that World War Z would be a good zombie read for a lot of people who are maybe a bit more squeamish, but curious about this genre. Just plan your time accordingly because you won’t want to put it down.

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One Response to “World War Z — Review”

  1. […] may remember that I read Max Brooks’s World War Z over the summer and, despite my apprehensions about the zombie genre, really enjoyed it. Well, I […]

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