#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Prepare to be entranced by this addictively readable oral history of the great war between humans and zombies.”—Entertainment Weekly
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 pandemic.
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, 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.
THE INSPIRATION FOR THE MAJOR MOTION PICTURE
“Will spook you for real.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Possesses more creativity and zip than entire crates of other new fiction titles. Think Mad Max meets The Hot Zone. . . . It’s Apocalypse Now, pandemic-style. Creepy but fascinating.”—USA Today
“Will grab you as tightly as a dead man’s fist. A.”—Entertainment Weekly, EW Pick
“Probably the most topical and literate scare since Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds radio broadcast . . . This is action-packed social-political satire with a global view.”—Dallas Morning News
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
What would the world be like 20 years into a zombie apocalypse? World War Z is narrated by an investigator for the United Nations Postwar Commission. His name is Max Brooks (just like the author himself) and he travels the world interviewing survivors of the global plague that wiped out huge swaths of humanity starting two decades earlier. The novel’s inventive structure alternates the survivors’ intensely personal stories with a more matter-of-fact account of the apocalypse and the response—or lack thereof—of various nations. (In case you’re wondering: The book is way different from the Brad Pitt action movie adapted from it.) Brooks’ driving prose propels his stoic narrator through a terrifyingly plausible time line, but his curiosity and humanity give World War Z a heartfelt quality that makes it far more than just a scary zombie story.
The first five volumes covered in Weigels Archeology (1976s Executioner to 1988s Song of Napalm) dwell on Weigls firsthand experiences of Americas southeast Asian war, returning obsessively to combat terror, witnessed atrocities and cravings for underaged prostitutes. However laudable his brutal honesty, lines like I was barely in country soon become tiresome. Weigls best poems come from his three 1990s volumes (particularly from After the Others, represented in Archeology with selections marked as New Poems) where he begins to distill his themes of disgust and horror within non-Vietnam contexts. Weigls most grimly powerful poems, all found in Archeology, are The Impossible, an account of being forced, as a seven-year-old boy, to perform oral sex on a strange man, and The Nothing Redemption, a disgusting vision of a young man whose hole/ was plastered closed with his own excrement in an attempt to disqualify himself from military service. Snowy Egret (from 1985) and Carp (a more pressurized rhyme sonnet from 1996s Sweet Lorain) are convincing documents of regret for mindless boyhood destruction of animal life. The complex and unsettling Pineapple (appearing in both volumes) is a recollection of a womans seductive behavior in a supermarket fruit aisle; tinged with lust and violence, it somehow reaches its dark climax in the narrators refusal to respond to the womans advances. That poem and other notables in After the Others (such as the squalid The Singing and the Dancing and the desperate Anniversary of Myself) make that book the most consistently rewarding effort from this still evolving poet.
I really enjoyed this book. It has a clever way of attacking the zombie genre ( which i'm not personally into.. but thought i'd give this book a try). Quick, thought provoking "excerpts." You can read it 10 minutes at a time or blast the book in a quick 4 hours>> give it a try though>> just read a sample and I bet you get captivated.
This is by far the best zombie story ever written. Based on an entirely believable progression of a fictitious epidemic. A truly imaginable and well explained disease that makes the idea of the walking dead seem absolutely plausible.
This book should cause a feeling of urgent need to read The Zombie Survival Guide.
If you need a hero to follow, watch a movie. I recommend Zombie Land.
When you want a vivid picture of the world littered with walking corpses and the desperation of the living human race, read World War Z.
I've been into zombies all my life , it's one of my favorite genres . Max Brooks got it right with this one!!!!!