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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

World War Z by Max Brooks

Genre: Science Fiction

Release: Crown, September 12, 2006
Hardcover: 342 Pages
Sold by: Random House Digital
Buy the Book: Amazon

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 from those apocalyptic years, 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...


This month is ZOMBIE month on Peace Love & Reviews. Let's start off with this book.

Took me two years to finally finish this book. I've put it down a bunch of times, the concept is very interesting the format fitting, yet I just could get into it, the third time I decided to try again worked. Maybe it was because I've been watching too many plague, zombie, outbreak driven films. Some of the accounts from all over the world were quite interesting and some lagging/dragging. I imagine that is how you get answers from some people, they say so much stuff and you yawn and you just couldn't wait till they give you the gory details of the point of their story. One of my favorite accounts was the one from Brazil, which his heart transplant patient and his theory about the black market for human parts.

I also like that Brooks on where the disease started and not towards the ending. A book like this... I can see why there are "Doomsday Preppers" and "Zombie Survival" although the accounts are fictional, an event somewhat similar can potentially happen. So now every time I see a documentary on Travel, history of NatGeo about organizations with such programs, I stopped saying WTF?!


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