World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

Humanity narrowly overcame the zombie infestation at great cost. This oral history records how the infestation caught humanity unaware, the ‘Great Panic’ which resulted, and the costly victory of the war. Various voices show the best and worst of humanity among compelling tales of battling the infected.

World War Z has gory and psychological horror. There are gory scenes such as a stranded pilot evading zombies trapped inside cars and battling others on a highway. The psychological horror can be summed up as “the monsters that rose from the dead, they are nothing compared to the ones we carry in our hearts” (p. 252). The psychological horror and the story’s alternate history provoke thought about humanity. The various voices, ranging from a suburban housewife to an African fighter, are convincing and compelling. World War Z offers horror, alternate history, humanity in the aftermath of disaster, and compelling characters.

Want more books like World War Z?

A trio of bloggers fights zombies and searches for the secrets behind the zombies in Feed by Mira Grant.

A memoir looks back on how an empire rose after electronics were destroyed in Fitzpatrick’s War by Theodore Judson.

A soldier ponders humanity and the disaster that nearly obliterated it as he struggles to protect what is left in The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway.

A movie, World War Z, was inspired by the book and made in 2013.

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2 responses to “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

  1. Good review. The book was so much better than the movie. Thanks for the reading recommendations.

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