World War Z by Max Brooks
Release: September 12, 2006
Hardcover: 342 Pages
Publisher: Crown Books
My Copy: Personal Copy
Buy the Book: Amazon
World War Z is a collection of oral history recollections that take place about 10 years after the end of "World War Z", an apocalyptic war against the undead. A plague, originating in China, kills and then reanimates people into zombies. The plague spreads quickly and threatens to wipe out humanity until the world learns to fight back. Now the world is still dealing the ramifications of such a war and the author has interviewed key characters who played significant roles in an order to understand how we got to where we are.
This book is very interesting. The premise and concept are the strongest aspects of this book. While the world battled zombies, you get the notation that the fallout could really apply to any major world threat. It is really fascinating to see how the events unfold through the different narrations. Some of it hits really close to home and the events seem so realistic (yes, even with the zombies!).
Some of the narrations drag a bit, but some are really mind blowing. So, why did I only give it 3.5 stars? While I think this book has an amazing concept and is carried out extremely well, it isn't the type of book I generally enjoy. Sad to say, it was almost a little too realistic for me and creeped me out a lot! I wouldn't survive in an apocalyptic situation very well I'm afraid because just reading about it gives me anxiety!
But, I will say, I know that there are a lot of people who will absolutely love this type of book and I wholeheartedly recommend to those people!