Have an appetite for a good zombie story? Well, you’re in luck, because Max Brooks’ “World War Z” does something new with the over used genre.
“World War Z” is composed to look like a recollection of historical accounts told by survivors of a global outbreak, which caused the war of humans versus the undead. It is divided into various parts according to the stages of the outbreak. My personal favorite section is titled “Total War,” because we get to read the first-hand accounts of the men and women who fought against the hordes of undead.
I feel that this book caters to audiences of all types because of Max Brooks’ unique method, which involves the main character (a journalist of sorts) traveling around the world in order to get the accounts of survivors all around the world. Brooks explores a variety of different cultures through the characters he creates, which range from a Japanese man who survives the apocalypse with a katana he finds amongst the dead, to an American mother who kills a zombie with her bare hands in order to defend her children.
This expansive tale of the zombie apocalypse is especially impressive because Brooks’ ability to garner such emotion within many of the stories. The emotional aspect pertaining to the novel is explored more closely within an article published in The Atlantic (the link for it is below). Brooks also gives us a variety of perspectives, which come from scientists, soldiers and citizens, among many others. All of these aspects make this zombie novel a worthwhile read for anyone seeking an innovative entry into the genre.
Note: I also recommend Brooks’ “Zombie Survival Guide,” because it is essential if we are all to survive the impending doom of the zombie apocalypse.