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Monday 25 January 2010

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

by Max Brooks

Take out the letter Z and put in II and you would get a perfect telling of an actual war. The zombie war hasn’t actually happened but Max Brooks does a great job of making it seem as if it has.

The war is told to us in a collection of individual stories from different people who survived it. People from all across the globe, even those in the international space station, get to tell their story of survival.

WWZ is a follow up book to The Zombie Survival Guide, also by Brooks. Brooks actually mentions the survival guide in WWZ as a book that people used to help them.

The best part about WWZ is that Brooks uses a fictional tale of zombies to make wonderful social comments about the world today. Brooks uses real life world issues to tell his story; such as a Palestinian boy living in Kuwait refusing to believe that there are zombies, thinking that it is a trick by Israel.

The story raises the question of whether there is a victory or not. The epidemic still rages in many different parts of the world, but humanity is surviving and fighting back.

Reviewed by Mollie


Mike said...

Thanks for taking the time to review this; there seem to be a lot of "spoof" zombie books around, so a book that treats them straight might make an intersting diversion. I shall keep an eye open for it (and for zombies...)

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

This sounds like a very interesting book.

Thanks for the review.

mollie said...

What got me to love the book so much was that it wasn't just a 'spoof' zombie book.

Dorothy said...

Sounds worth reading.

Dorothy from grammology