My copy of World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War written by Max Brooks was gifted to me by a friend after the title came up during a long discussion of all things sci-fi related. Having never been too big on the whole zombie craze, I was skeptical, but trusted my friend’s taste. Max Brooks surprised me to no end with the depth and ingenuity of his fictional history and left me wondering on a very practical level how one might go about surviving a zombie apocalypse.
Some survivor accounts in World War Z are told as narratives, others imparted in a Q & A type format, which makes for a quick read as the reader is constantly transitioning to another point of view, another harrowing tale of sacrifice and survival. The fact that each character’s voice comes across as so distinct and unique is testament to the author’s undeniable talent. Also, in an age when ethnocentrism seems to be more a badge of honor than a criticism, it’s interesting and refreshing to see Brooks tackle the global ramifications and actions in the face of a zombie apocalypse as opposed to just the fallout in the U.S. of A. However one’s tastes of preferences may run, WWZ is worth the read if only to be marveled at and entertained by the meticulousness of the author’s imagination.