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World War Z, by Max Brooks

Posted in Book Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2010 by penempress

Personal rating: 10.0
Technical Rating: 9.9

From the Back Cover of World War Z
“We survived the zombie apocalypse, but how many of us are still haunted by that terrible time? We have (temporarily?) defeated the living dead, but at what cost? Told in the haunting and riveting voices of the men and women who witnessed the horror firsthand, World War Z is the only record of the plague years.”

Personal Review
Before reading World War Z, I had already read The Zombie Survival Guide, also by Max Brooks. I must say, this book did NOT disappoint. It reads like a wonderfully awesome hybrid of authorical fiction and a history book. There even footnotes for all the abbreviations, and small concise descriptions of all the equipment and weapons.
The book is written as a series of interviews from around the world, and how each country combated the threat of the undead.
From soldiers to children to normal people, all are recorded. Each ethnic voice resounds that it is clearly from its country, like the Russians sound Russian and the Americans most definitely sound American. I thought this was just awesome.
There’s also the places people decided to hide, in catacombs, in castles, in submarines and boats… as well as the eerily chilling mystery behind what happened in North Korea.
As the review on the cover stated, it’s a literary scare only rivaled by the radio broadcast of War of the Worlds.
And somewhere in some other dimension, this book is an actual historical document, and not a work of fiction.

Technical Review

Narrative Pace: As it’s technically a “historical recording” the pace moves slowly, but surely. You are not lost in the jargon and slow political processes, since it would be as a person is speaking to you. And from each interview you learn something, the next will no doubt mention it and it only adds to the connection.

Writing Style: The style itself changes subtly throughout the book, since each “chapter” is interviewing a different person. However, a distinct style of writing is found consistently in the entire book.

Twist: There were no “twists” in this book.

Beginning: The book is divided into phases in the zombie war, the beginning of the book are accounts of the people that first encountered the signs of the living dead.

End: the end was very resounding, almost epic. It was labeled, “Good Byes” the last words of some of the interviews, and a look into the future after the dreaded World War Z was ended.

So, in conclusion, THIS BOOK IS PHENOMENAL. And if some of you are wondering why the technical review never gets a full ten, it’s because there is no such thing as a perfectly written book. Well, except for maybe the Bible, but that’s a matter of opinion amongst people as well~

So Till the Next Review,
PenMaster

(Also, is it just me, or are these reviews getting shorter and shorter? Hmm…)