Wednesday, January 2, 2013

My Review of World War Z


World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie WarWorld War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really don't know what to compare this book to. It seems so real and raw that I found myself having to put it down occasionally to look up cute cat videos on Youtube to lift my spirits because the weariness, bleakness, and hopelessness expressed in this book really began to wear on me. Don't get me wrong, these emotions were all appropriate, but for the sake of my psyche, there's no way I could read this in one sitting. It’s powerful how Brooks really examines the zombie apocalypse from every angle, and I appreciate that the zombies didn’t end the world, but it sure as hell changed it. There’s a distant glimmer of hope at the end, but not much.

This is an amazing read. No doubt about it. Having the story told by various survivors ranging from the common man to the men in power was engrossing. The research that must have gone into this is mind boggling. I also appreciate how broken up the narrative was. Having the interviews be only a few pages long really kept the pace up and the writing fresh.

I dread how the upcoming film of the same title will handle this book, especially as Brad Pitt is the headliner. I like Brad Pitt, but I can honestly say, I didn’t picture him once while reading this book. I dread they’ll do an I, Robot to World War Z.

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