I am participating in several reading challenges, one being the 100 Bestsellers List. Here’s my review for World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, by Max Brooks This book is categorized as Apocalyptic Horror and is a follow-up to Brooks’ zombie survival manual, The Zombie Survival Guide. A movie with the same name was made from World War Z in 2013, starring Brad Pitt.
This post does not contain spoilers.
World War Z is different from any of the other books we’ve read so far in that it is a series of interviews of survivors of the Zombie War, which decimated the earth’s population and drastically altered the political and religious makeup of the world. Since the interviews are of survivors, it’s obvious that humans won the war against the non-humans, although there are still millions of zombies “surviving” in the cold zones of the world and in the depths of the oceans. In addition, the interview format creates a “distance” from the events that seems to minimize the “horror” aspect of the story, which was good for me, as I am definitely not a fan of horror anything.
In my last review (Weird Sisters), I mentioned that I was going to read The Bestseller Code again in an effort to make more sense of how the books we’ve read so far made it on the bestseller list and hopefully better appreciate the subsequent books we plan to read. In fact, both Roberta and I wanted to read The Bestseller Code again, so we decided to give ourselves a three-week window for reading and reviewing World War Z.
Read the rest of my review over on It’s A Mystery Blog.