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

Science Fiction, Dystopia, Horror, Zombies, Post Apocalyptic




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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

Max Brooks


Science Fiction, Dystopia, Horror, Zombies, Post Apocalyptic

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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

Max Brooks


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“Lies are neither bad nor good. Like a fire they can either keep you warm or burn you to death, depending on how they're used.”


A collection of short stories featuring many different people who survived the Zombie Apocalypse, they each recount their story in their own words and provide a wide range of perspectives from all walks of life during this horrible time. From everyday Americans just trying to stay alive to world leaders dealing with the fallout while saving humanity. Families just like us are trying to stay alive and head north to ride out the zombie apocalypse, to military personnel fighting on the frontlines watching the world collapse; There are many interesting things in this book. This book is very much an “Oral History” with firsthand accounts by those who witnessed things firsthand, as well as those who were responsible for making sure things were done correctly. Some are survivors, and some are government officials and military personnel who coordinated efforts for survival throughout the earth in a very human and bureaucratic way. Mr. Brooks also shows us how unprepared we would really be for such a global catastrophe when it never seems like any one person or group is in charge of anything. At the same time, he demonstrates that heroes are out there doing everything they can to save as many lives as possible. All things considered, this is one terrifying (and very realistic) tale that will leave you breathless and wondering…


Hey, I’m Ashley, and I’m a zombie addict 👋

This book was unlike anything I was expecting. I watched the movie and these two are two worlds apart, nothing alike. This book is written like a mockumentary, from the perspective of many people and their individual accounts of the Zombie War (exactly like the title “An Oral History of the Zombie War” suggests).

We hear recounts of the first encounters with the zombies, government official perspectives on how to save countries from economic collapse, surviving as civilians, close encounters, to multiple countries military forces waging full-out war to take back the world from the living dead.

While I was expecting a first-person perspective in a present-day zombie-infested world, this book had some hard-hitting moments as a documentary.

The thing I love most about zombie books is all the morally gray decisions. Usually, they are extreme, since well, a zombie war is an extreme event that warrants extreme measures to survive. World War Z did not disappoint in that department. Some of those character’s decisions, which lead to their survival were the worst and you wanted to hate them, but you ultimately understood why they did it. While other characters you were glad they died because they were scum, and at those thoughts, you’re left questioning your own morality.

Some of the political attempts of organizing plans of attack and/or survival early on in the war hit close to home with the pandemic right now, which made this all the more realistic.

This was an exceptional read and I can’t believe it took me this long to pick it up.




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