World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

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by Max Brooks

ISBN-10: 0307346617

ISBN-13: 9780307346612

Pub. Date: 10/16/2007

Publisher: Crown/Archetype


We survived the zombie apocalypse, but how many of us are still haunted by that terrible time? We have (temporarily?) defeated the living dead, but at what cost? Told in the haunting and riveting voices of the men and women who witnessed the horror firsthand, World War Z, now a #1 New York Times bestseller, is the

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We survived the zombie apocalypse, but how many of us are still haunted by that terrible time? We have (temporarily?) defeated the living dead, but at what cost? Told in the haunting and riveting voices of the men and women who witnessed the horror firsthand, World War Z, now a #1 New York Times bestseller, is the only record of the plague years.

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SavageBS More than 1 year ago
I know what your thinking, zombies , seriously zombies??? Max Brooks did an outstanding job on this book! I picked this book up at the bookstore because of the title "World War Z", once I realized that meant World War Zombie, I threw it down. Next trip to the bookstore, this time I read the back of the book, read all the rave reviews there and inside. Still not fullly convinced, I flipped through it, I liked the format Mr. Brooks used and decided to give it a try. This book is a fun read! It's a WHAT IF ? book, what if zombies were attacking the world and killing everyone or it could be a massive worldwide plague that is making people sick enough to kill?? Any worldwide event, something big enough to affect everyone, what would you do, how would we all survive?? The book is an oral history of World War Z, A narrator goes back and interviews people about their roles in the war. What they saw as it happened, what they thought when they first heard about it, how they survived. The interviews are conducted worldwide. The book is very, very creative. It took me awhile to read, but it was worth it. Max Brooks is a good story teller and will definitely keep your attention in this book!
NShort82 More than 1 year ago
Fascinating and incredibly original - this story is truly frightening, but not in the zombie/ghoul-sense. This story has little to do with actual zombies and more to do with the ineptitude of governing powers, shortcomings of military efforts, and the general fragility of the human race.
Lockhart7 More than 1 year ago
A great book with a good balance of grotesque and intellect. It's realistic & unbelievably well-thought-out. Brooks not only indulges our present intrigue of zombies, but brings to life the possibilities & disasters that would come from an actual virus outbreak. These pages involve multiple spooky stories that almost kept me up at night. The one drawback is that there is little to no climax or suspense, but here are surely a few twists & turns. This book also shows that Brooks has a great grasp on many global cultures, predicting in intensely realistic detail every country's reaction to an outbreak. This book is as much about the world's economic breakdown as it is blood & guts. It reminds us the importance of surpassing petty differences & coming together as one. Whether you're a zombie freak or not, this book gives you something to think about.
Snipeyjack More than 1 year ago
World War Z is more than just a zombie book; it is heavily morale and political assessment of what people would, more than likely, do in such a catastrophe. Each story told made some point to be realistic, and I really do believe in what our governments would do in such a situation. I love the description giving explaining why zombies would be such a difficult enemy to defeat; because they are unlike any enemy we as a race have ever faced. World War Z is a powerful and lasting story about global disaster and the resolve we humans have to outlast such a time. A trully amazing read, that left me thinking for weeks after I finished. I recoment this both to sci-fi fans and those looking for a great clash of morale and polotics. a+.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book so fun to read, I was upset when I ran out of pages. I finished the book too fast it seems. I loved everything about the book, the way Max Brooks explains his zombies, and how every character in the book was completely believable and real. The book seemed so real and just scared the heck out of me. Best zombie book ever, besides maybe the zombie survival guide also written by him. I can't wait for the recorded attacks to come out from him. Max is a fantastic writer, and his zombies will have you cautious about going outside at night.
Quinnie44 More than 1 year ago
This is a zombie book that isn't about zombies. Consider the zombie a foil; it is there as a stand-in, a symbol. This is a book about our culture, our world, our reaction (and lack thereof), our humanity (and lack thereof), and our unending will to survive against seemingly insurmountable odds. This book will make you question; it will make you cry; it will make you angry and sad and amazed. This isn't a book about zombies. This is a book about what happens to humankind after the battle. If you are looking for "28 Days Later" in book form you will undoubtedly be disappointed. This is not that book. If you are looking for something that begins to answer the question of 'How will we survive, and rebuild, and live with the decisions we made that ensured our survival', then this book is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's honestly terrifying how realistically this book is portrayed. Everything that occurs is something I could see actually occuring in real life. The characters are well drawn; there are heroes, there are villains, but mostly there are people who fall in between. The only thing that prevents me from giving this book a full five stars is the fact that it's a zombie book, yet they play second fiddle to world drama. Zombies are universally horrifying; even in a world culture where autopsies can be seen on primetime (albeit fictional ones) the desecration of our dead is a deeply human fear, but a personal one. The horror of seeing a loved one rise; the fear that it could happen to you. And these things are shown, but not all that frequently. For the majority of the book, you could replace zombies with aliens, swarms of rabid animals, giant insects - and it would not dramatically change the plot. However, if you want to read a worldwide apocalytic novel, then this book is top notch. It illustrates in grim detail a fact I think we are all too aware of - as a species, we are not ready for global disaster.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great zombie book! I can't wait for the movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome! It really is! I would strongly suggest this if you have a strong appetite for zombies! I was pleasently surprised on how much I loved this book and how much it made me think about what would really happen in a zombie apocalypse. If you liked this book, you need to read Max Brook's "Zombie Survival Guide" for it is also fantastic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. All the negative reviews saying "no character development" really didnt get the overall effect
RachealByrd More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put the book down. Some interviews seemed almost real. Loved how this book is written -- hard to picture it as a movie though. AWESOME!!
cddbrowns More than 1 year ago
Some of these are so realistic, you almost go looking for historical data to see if some of it actually happened. LOL! Amazing book by an amazing author. This has put me on the path of the Zombie genre and I am looking forward to whatever else is in the future with Mr Brooks.
smp315 More than 1 year ago
Very interesting book. I always enjoy works that present classic themes from a fresh perspective. This book does bog down here and there, but overall it's entertaining and thought provoking. I'm curious to see how the book will translate to the movie screen. Another suggestion for a fresh update on a classic theme: "The Supernaturals" by David L. Golemon. Golemon takes the haunted house story and updates it with a Ghosthunters type TV show planning a live broadcast on Halloween night. The house has an evil past and all hell breaks loose. A friend of mine picked it up at a Horror convention in NY a couple of weeks ago and highly recommends it. I have one coming on pre-order.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Max Brooks is without dought the best zombie writer since Romero.
DavidGrieve More than 1 year ago
This was a book that only furthered my love for the emerging zombie genre. The oral history take on the zombie apocalypse, directly building off the critically acclaimed Complete Protection From The Living Dead, was a smash hit - one I'm extremely glad will be turned into a movie. Whether the film does it justice has yet to be seen, but with such a stunning narrative I find it hard to believe they can miss. The world Brooks paints is extremely realistic - attacking the idea of the end of the world brought on by the deadly reanimating Solanum virus from every angle, seemingly leaving no aspect untouched upon. I found the individual stories to be feverishly interesting, leaving me reading long into the night to see what happened next. If I have any criticism, it would have to regard the short narrative interview style of the book. While the tales are indeed riveting, they are also very short, often causing this book to read more like a collection of short stories by a single author rather than a work unto itself. As well, as has been reiterated by other reviewers, I found every character to share the same voice. Max has a big one, and it rings through in every interview. This isn't necessarily a downfall, but a touch of variety could have made this an epic rather than just a damn good book. All in all, the mere downfalls of the narrative barely touch the incrediblle nature of this book, and I would highly reccomend it to anyone who loves the zombie genre. Don't we all?!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have just finished this book and i am speechless. I am im 6th grade but a very advanced reader. As a girl reading sci- novels from my school library i was surprised to see this book. I feel in love with this book it was fantasic. It panits a picure in your mind that is crisp and clear. This book took my breath away and the style of writting in a interview format was very unique.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has to be my favorite book of all time! This has to be Max Brook's best book. It even out does the zombie survival guide if that is possible. I reccomend this book to any zombie fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this book as good as the movie?
Dei3Nascar88 More than 1 year ago
I bit into the hype and it left a taste of dead zombie in my mouth. I'm a huge fan of the zombie series but not only could I not get into this book I couldn't care to see a movie about it less. I'm not one to ever quit on a book but there was no substance here for me. I made it to page 77 in one sitting and gave up. Page after page we are introduced to boring stories of characters who I thought were all going to come together in a way only to find out that they don't. Utterly disappointed in this purchase. High expectations and bland substance. Sorry that's just my opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story and writing. Really makes you think.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
World War Z:                           What if the world everyone knew suddenly turned into a Zombie Apocalypse? What would you do? How would you handle it? How much would everything and everybody change around you? Max Brooks has done it again, he has written an amazing fictional portrayal of a zombie apocalypse book, showing this time many peoples point of view and retelling their stories.  Brooks has a very vivid imagination, he has so many stories to tell, not one of them true but when the reader is reading it doesn't seem like it, he make you put down the book and tell yourself it’s not real. Brooks makes for a great storyteller. He can easily make anything up in each story making all of them full of plot twists and very clever. Brooks makes the reader want to read it all in one day. Brooks makes up phenomenal characters in the story, some actually seem realistic and he makes them unlike any other characters he describes. They are each unique and definitely have their own story. One character Brooks made up was a woman named Colonel Christina Eliopolis, she was in the air force and her story is like a real and seems like it would really happen if it wasn't for the Zombies following her around in an well-known area, she escapes with her life intact and she only knows that the woman that helped her never existed. Another character that stuck with me throughout the book is that of a girl named Jesika Hendricks, who went north with her family to get away from all the nonsense, and to be safe. Her family was close and happy, but after a little while of being with others in their same position they turn on each other, but when she grows up and is talking about her past she seems distant and cold, Brooks shows how well he can write by making it so believable. There are many characters in the book that all have special stories and unique responsibilities. The book is formatted so there isn’t an awful lot of dialogue but it is used when needed. It does have, however, a lot of descriptive writing, the way he wrote the book is fascinating and only something he could pull off. When I was reading parts of the book before having to stop I would get sucked in with all the imagery and descriptive language he uses so beautifully. I literally had a small movie playing in my head with what was happening in the interview.  Overall the book was five star worthy. It was enticing and extravagant; I would recommend it to anyone who loves a great book and anyone who has a love for a good zombie book.
AprilCee More than 1 year ago
This book is so thoughtful; it’s hard to believe it came out of the mind of one man! I recommend everyone, form horror mongers to thrillerphobs check out this book. (Or at least listen to it on audio/cd book format)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lol I got this in paperback for Christmas, along with Max Brook's survival guide. Very good! For 14, a little hard to understand, but good! Can't wait for movie! Even though it will probably be 100% different by the look of the trailer xD ZOMBIES ARE MY LOVE <3 *Zombie Girl*
kickxrocksx More than 1 year ago
One of the Best Zombie Books This book is based on the zombie apocalypse, which, at first, sounds the many failed attempts to make a suspense novel on zombies, however, Max Brooks nailed it! This novel is so disturbingly realistic; it&rsquo;s hard to stop reading. There really is no main character in this book; it&rsquo;s more of a collection of interviews done with survivors of the zombie apocalypse and their views of what happened and what&rsquo;s awaiting them in the future. The first chapter of World War Z starts off great. There is no anticipating the suspense; it&rsquo;s already on the first page. Although, when you first begin reading it&rsquo;s a little hard to grasp what is going on but it&rsquo;ll be less confusing once you read a few more interviews you&rsquo;ll be just fine. The message to this is probably, &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t do anything ridiculous when a zombie apocalypse breaks out!&rdquo; Over all this was a awesome book, worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were some parts that I found original for the whole zombie genre. However, after a while the stories began to sound repetitive and the numerous characters share a common voice. If you love zombies read it, if not, skip it.