Review: (4 / 5) World War Z is Max Brooks horror novel published in 2006, and reached number nine on the New York Times Best Seller in 2011. The book was a sequel to The Zombie Survival Guide (2003), and due to its success, a film adaptation was created in 2013. It was directed by Marc Foster, and starred Brad Pitt as the main actor.
Brooks took a different approach in the way that he wrote the novel, choosing to narrate the story as an oral history of the war. World War Z uses an agent of the United Nations as the protagonist to conduct interviews with leaders across the globe. The story begins with Patient Zero, a young boy from Greater Chongqing in a small village known by the people as New Dachang. They track the diesease as it progresses across the globe through travel, human trafficking, organ trade, and refugee camps.
We learn a lot about zombies, such as geographical areas where they thrive, and also where they struggle to survive. Brooks takes a global approach with the story, so we learn some of the tribal methods in dealing with the epidemic, as well as how the advanced countries deal with the problem. And there in my opinion lies one of my challenges with the story.
As previously stated, Brooks drives the story forward with the interviews. I found the book enjoyable for a weekend read, especially at times with the shorter scenes. On that same note, I also found it challenging at times with the countless scene changes. Brooks hops across the globe from interview to interview, so having to conduct a deep read for this analysis became tough at times. I’d find myself deep into the story, only to change the page and be transported to a different interview. Forget about jumping ahead to continue the scene. It was near impossible to find with several interviews conducted within a given chapter.
Overall I scored the book high, especially considering most readers will pick up the book for nothing more than personal pleasure. If you enjoy the novel, Brooks has several short stories in various anthologies that focus on the zombie apocalypse.