World War Z by Max Brooks

Title:  World War Z
Author:  Max Brooks
Length:  432 pages
Ehhh….

So, I have a feeling that my opinion of this book places me in the minority, but, well, I just didn’t like it.  In the middle of NaNoWriMo, I had an idea that I wanted to try my hand at penning a zombie novel.  The only problem being that I had never actually READ a zombie book.  The only zombie “experience” that I had were film and television shows.

From all of the web searching that I performed, however, I discovered that there aren’t too many good ones out there.  One title that kept coming up, and coming up with mostly good reviews, was World War Z.  I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting going into it, but what I wound up reading really wasn’t it.

When it comes to zombie apocalypse stories, I like the story to be told primarily from the POV from every day people just trying to survive.  I like the story to be gritty, gruesome, and almost entirely hopeless for humanity.  I can’t tell you why, but I do.  And I promise that I’m not a sociopath — misanthropic, at times, yes…. sociopath, no.  While this book included the gritty, gruesome, and hopeless moments, I felt too bored by the sections focusing on the military and political leaders.  I just couldn’t get into them.  At all.

The interview format was a plus, however.  For me, it made the sections that I wasn’t too keen on a little less painful to read.  I’m a big fan of vignettes, as well, so, essentially, to me, this book was a series of vignettes exposed through the medium of interviews.

This leaves me to say that while World War Z wasn’t my LEAST FAVORITE book that I’ve ever read (that prize goes to… yup, you guessed it – The Scarlet Letter), I was really rather disappointed by it.

But, don’t take my word for it.  Most people love this book.  Check it out on Amazon.

Have you read this book?  What did you think about it?

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6 responses to “World War Z by Max Brooks

  1. I actually really did love this book, but even as a huge Max Brooks fan, some of the interviews in the middle of the book sagged for me. I can understand how it wouldn’t pique your interest, if it’s the first zombie book you’ve ever read.
    That said, you might like Brooks’ THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE, if you haven’t yet read it. That format (practical handbook) lets you sort of craft your own survival story in your head, because the bare-bones survival techniques are begging for your personal zombie apocalypse to be imagined between the lines.
    I’ve got more zombie recommendations here: http://dbcreads.com/2011/10/19/a-monstrous-month-week-three/
    …And I promise that I, too, am not a sociopath, haha.
    Hope NaNoWriMo went well for you!

    • Thank you for the recommendations! I will definitely check these out! 🙂

      NaNoWriMo went alright. I didn’t get close to the overall goal, but I met some of my own, so I’m happy with the results! I hope that it went well for you, also.

  2. I have read this book several times because I love it. I appreciate that it’s told differently than the majority of the others that I’ve read, and like that there’s a faint hope for humanity after the zombpocalypse.

  3. good work, keep up the great site.

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