Book Review: World War Z

There was a time, not that long ago actually, that I could say in complete honesty that I loathed the zombie genre. I did not understand the fascination, and certainly had no desire to watch the ever increasingly popular zombie movies, and definitely had no desire to read any zombie books.

(I blame 28 Days Later for my complete disapproval and disgust with zombie stuffs, a long story that in hindsight is quite funny...) Still, a family member had seen World War Z and was impressed by the movie, which piqued my interest. Then a friend got caught up in The Walking Dead series, which I avoided for several seasons, before caving. Since I caved, I too have found myself caught up in the zombie phenom.



Now, regarding World War Z the book. I have to start by saying I made the mistake of watching the movie before reading the book. Actually, I take that back. This is the one movie/book combo that is probably better watching the movie first, because the movie and the book are absolutely nothing alike. I liked the movie for what it is, an action flick, and another zombie story, but despite the claims it makes to be based off this book - no way. The movie took the book's title and a few of it's characters, but that is it.


Now, to the book.


Five stars.


Wow!


This book is a collection of interviews post apocalypse. The interviews, collected by a member of the UN, span the globe and range from children who survived the war with the zombies, to political figures, to military personnel, to businessmen, to regular survivors from the very beginning of the outbreak.


There is a visceral appeal to the way the interviews play out, and Max Brooks, the author, did a phenomenal job building suspense, describing the horror, and playing on the very real outcomes of political failure and economic greed in the face of a sudden inexplicable horror that affected the entire world.


I had a hard time putting the book down, and at the end, I was loathe to close the book. Even knowing the outcome, the ongoing struggles of the world recovering from the war, which draws so many parallels to what our planet is undergoing now with the pandemic, I wanted to know more.


If you have not read World War Z yet, I highly recommend you get a copy. If you have already seen the movie, I still recommend reading the book, but be sure you leave the movie's story on the shelf, and be prepared for something almost entirely different, and most definitely more "real."


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