world war z

title: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

author: Max Brooks

genre: Fiction, post apocalyptic, zombies

dates read: June 19th – June 20th

review: 5 out of 5 stars

summary: Built from interviews from around the world, World War Z comes together to tell the story of how the undead almost wiped out the living humans.  From those floating in a space station, to the remote location of Antarctica, we are shown how this long war affected everyone.  Starting at the beginning, with patient zero, all the way to years after the war was officially over, Brooks weaves together the incredible history.  The resiliency of the human spirit and the sometimes inane things people do in times of crisis are also highlighted throughout.

personal thoughts: Um, wow.  I haven’t seen the movie but what I saw in the trailer did not prepare me for this epic novel.  The interview style was brilliant, all the different reactions to the outbreaks and ensuing panic were so believable.  If the zombie apocolyps comes, I could see this novel becoming a reality.  The detail that Brooks used, the nods to pop culture, and all the different cultures that were represented, absolutely fantastic.  It was definitely horrifying, but a poignant and somewhat cautionary tale.  Love, love, LOVED it.

favorite quotes:
“isn’t the human factor what connects us so deeply to our past? Will future generations care as much for chronologies and casualty statistics as they would for the personal accounts of individuals not so different from themselves? By excluding the human factor, aren’t we risking the kind of personal detachment from a history that may, heaven forbid, lead us one day to repeat it?” p. 2

“Secrecy is a vacuum and nothing fills a vacuum like paranoid speculation.” p. 45

“suddenly that peon is your teacher, maybe even your boss. For some, this was scarier than the living dead.” p. 140

“I don’t miss if great times make great men, but I know they can kill them.” p. 151

“Lies are neither bad nor good. Like a fire they can either keep you warm or burn you to death, depending on how they’re used.” p. 166

“Freedom isn’t just something you have for the sake of having, you have to want something else first and then want the freedom to fight for it.” p. 232

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