[Mini Review] World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.

Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.

This is an interesting book, but its appeal is mostly just its unique gimmick; World War Z isn't a traditional story but rather a collection of fictional interviews with survivors of a global zombie apocalypse. If I'm perfectly honest, I'm not really a fan of zombies, and I kind of thought this format for the story would make the niche interesting for me, but it really didn't. There were a few really interesting events and details scattered throughout, but the for the most part, I was just vaguely bored by most of it.

So while I really admire the uniqueness of this one, it's turns out that I just cannot find zombies interesting outside of the fantasy genre. Alas.

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