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World War Z - Max Brooks
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World War Z - Max Brooks
Advantages: A great chance to see World War Z through the eyes of those who were there!
Disadvantages: Gets a bit cold and impersonal towards the end
It's been ten years now since the world knew peace. The Zombie threat is slowly being exterminated from the face of the planet and a new generation is being born that will never know the danger of extiction that the undead once presented to humanity. Which is why there has never been a better time to release this book; an oral history of everything that occurred during the war from the viewpoints of those who were actually there!
Starting with the first outbreaks in China, the origins of which have never yet been satisfyingly or exclusively discovered, the book then goes on to look at the further reaching consequences as the disease, spread by contagion through bites, took hold amongst the rest of the world. The origins of The Great Panic are revealed as are the attempts by cunning businessmen to spin a quick buck from the emergency. And then finally we get to the real-life anecdotes of veterans from the Zombie war as we see the desperate measures countries all across the globe toook to try and stem the impossible tide.
The main problems seem to have been that nobody quite believed what was happening; the dead geting up, walking and coming back to life to feed on the living ~ surely not??!!? But that is no excuse for the heinous mistakes and errors made by some of the goverments of our strongest nations. Hopefully by now, with this offical record of all that happened, we can learn from past mistakes and prepare for the future. But I guess only time will tell...
The problem, I have with this book is that it feels a little overly long and, towards the end, almost gets a little impersonal as we deal continuousally with more and more individual accounts. We never get to follow one set of characters through the course of the war which, inevitably for me, lead to a sense of emotional detachment from the events I was reading about. If it had been ever so slightly shorter, maybe I might have had a different opinion. Certainly this is amongst the better examples of Zombie literature I have read but it is by no means the best and there is much better fictional stories out there than this based on what really happened!
It owes an awful lot to George.A.Romero but Romero in his later years rather than at the height of his success. If you only ever read one Zombie book, it probably shouldn't be this one.....but if you read two, then this SHOULD be the other one!
Max Brooks has done a very competent job based on his own official reports that he did for the goverment but as anything other than a history book, this is slightly lacking both in style and substance and is more than a little bit cold. Still, it is certainly worth a read if only to prepare for a resurgence of previous conflicts...
Summary: Not just another Zombie book, this proves to be an accurate record of the past conflict!