World War Z - Max Brooks

World War Z

By Max Brooks

  • Release Date: 2006-09-12
  • Genre: Horror
Score: 4.5
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#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

Reviews

  • World War Z

    1
    By Lindylou39
    Difficult to read,very disjointed,extreme violence, and other world. Not a world I want to visit.
  • Help

    1
    By EurkaLurka
    I bought this book and it’s not downloading. Why is that?
  • Best Zombie Book Ever

    5
    By rt146
    I’ve read World War Z multiple times now. It’s hands down the best zombie book in my opinion. There’s plenty of amazing short stories in the book that you’ll remember and want to come back later to reread. I recommend every zombie fan to read this at some point.
  • World War Z

    5
    By Deafie50
    Whew! Bizarre but a great writer!
  • Amazing book!

    4
    By WerewolfOfNYC
    Great book to read in digital copy. The night/black page/white type does not recognize chapter glyphs unfortunately.
  • Blah

    1
    By MomTrying
    I read...A LOT. This may be the most boring book I've come across in many, many months. The genre excitement was lost in the interview format.
  • World War Z

    4
    By Thatnine
    Good read, despite zombies
  • Eye opening!

    5
    By Famous52595
    This book is not a book, it is art, it is experiences, it's everything, which most zombie books lack. This art shows you so many different perspectives of life, suffering, human sufficiency and tenacity for life, it opens your eyes of the various cultures around the world, and our differences that aren't so different if you look at it as the big picture. It continues to show the secrecy and cynicism of the world and most governmental powers. And so much more. Highly recommended! The movie does not do the book justice, not because it's bad but because it's just not the same feel. And it kinda goes against the book as to show human kind as one unit and twists it to show you all the social standards, beliefs and concepts of today's society.
  • Worth reading but concept is hard to execute

    4
    By crushedbydwarf
    I loved the concept (write the book as a historic report based on numerous eye witness interviews), but it makes for a very confused book that lacks a continuous thread. I still recommend reading it, but every few pages a new person is introduced with a different story, rarely ever to be mentioned again. As a result there is no narrative that "pulls you into the story". That being said, most of the individual stories are real page turners.
  • I got hooked!!!

    5
    By Fabz1990
    Normally not my type of book, but this one really glued me to the iPad. Much much better than the movie!!!