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World War Z: Max Brooks

By Edited Jul 4, 2016 0 0


  • Easy readiblity - even beginner / relucant readers are sure to enjoy the narrative prose
  • Criticism of every government across the world equally, delving into an apolitical examination of the world as we know it
  • Entertaining, terrifying, and infightful - all in equal doses
  • True to the Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead in every way, using the guide as a framework in which to base the narrative


  • Graphic at times, but never for the sake of shock
  • Mild language, not reccomended for young readers in particular
  • May cause lack of sleep, knowing what that bump in the night may really be

Full Review

World War Z by Max Brooks is the follow-up to his original title, The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection From The Living Dead.

Based on his original zombie survival guide, Max Brooks quickly released the much-anticipated companion novel, World War Z.

Exploring the theme of the zombie apocalypse, Brooks poses as a narrator travelling across the world after the rising of the dead threatened the human species' very existence. Sticking true to it's theme of "An Oral History of the Zombie War," the narrative moves from location to location as the narrator interviews characters of merit, each sharing their own experiences about the zombie uprising.

Delving into realms that previous titles have only touched on, Brooks takes a critical view of society as a whole, at times humourously remarking on the general sad state of affairs the world finds itself in, other times commenting more seriously on how a lac k of emergency preparedness threatens to take us down as a whole.

Remarkably insightful for what can be considered a humour / horror novel, the read is quite enjoyable, flowing along nicely at a fast pace. The episodes are all entertaining in their own right, reading in non-linear fashion, allowing the reader to piece together their own image of what really happened during the twilight years of the zombie apocalypse.

All in all, a dynamite 5/5 read, reccomended for any interested in zombies, post-apocalyptic fiction, or just plain zombie-philes.

In Closing

A fantastic read, sure to get your mind on emergency / disaster preparedness, even if it doesn't come in the form of shambling corpses out for your flesh.

5/5, without hesitation.



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