Thursday, July 14

World War Z by Max Brooks

After many years, the remaining human population is beginning to settle back down, though the whole human race is still haunted by the zombie outbreak. That zombie outbreak spread throughout the world, resulting in a massive war: humans versus the undead. The war is over now. 12 years have passed since the United States declared victory on their soil. For many other countries, victory came later. World War Z seeks to document, through numerous interviews, the events which occurred in the war. Interviews are held with people from all over the world and from all levels of society. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of war.

Wow. I really liked this book. Max Brooks creates a vivid picture of a world torn by war and the undead. As the interviews progressed and more details were revealed concerning the zombies and the war, it consistently felt real. I felt that if a zombie outbreak were to actually occur, the events in this book would be entirely plausible.

Max also has a wide range of interview subjects he created. While a few of them occasionally seem to speak with similar voices, it doesn’t detract from the reading. There were many stories which drew me further into world. I wanted to know more about the character and more about the situations, to ask more questions about the events. There were numerous stories in which Max was able to write emotion so well into the characters that I felt sympathy towards someone whose interview only lasted a few pages.

There are a few interviews mingled throughout which were not as strong and which I skimmed over faster, but those were few and not very plentiful. There were a much greater number of strong interviews, which really supported the book.

It doesn’t progress as a normal novel might. The character that performs the interviews is unnamed and all he does is perform interviews. There will be a few lines describing the setting of an interview, and a break description of the interviewee, and then the rest is Q&A. There really isn’t a plot, unless you consider the interviewer’s quest to compile this record of the war a plot. He encounters some shady people, and even some who committed terrible acts during the war, but there are no antagonists in the story. It doesn’t follow any story structure, but rather serves to take a format that someone might employ for real-world events, and uses it to tell of fictional events.

If you’re looking for a fully fleshed out story with a main character to follow through the war, you will likely be disappointed. If, however, you are looking to immerse yourself into a world recovering a zombie war, you may find much to like in this book.

4/5 stars

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