Kim mentioned recently that she’d been on a post-apocalyptic kick which included the amazing show Falling Skies (if you didn’t watch it, you should have!). There must be something in the water, because here at my house we watched too, and have been devouring books in that genre.
Max Brooks’ World War Z is a compilation of survivor stories from the Zombie War. Yes, the Zombie War. In the interest of full disclosure, my husband read this long before I did (the book was first published in the fall of 2006) and has been gently nudging me to read it ever since. I eschewed, thinking there was no way I’d enjoy it. Enter my favorite new shows, AMC’s The Walking Dead and the aforementioned Falling Skies on TNT. Suddenly, I can’t get enough of zombies and post-apocalyptic fun. Once I started, I was hooked pretty quickly.
What a great concept for a book – to present an account of the zombie war, with a straightforward, no-nonsense approach. Presented after the costly defeat of the zombies, the narrator interviews survivors from all walks of life. There was military strategy, panicked civilians, government cover-ups, and greedy big businesses. Perfect. Through it all the resiliency of the human spirit shone through and gave me hope that we’d survive. At 342 pages (in paperback) it is a great, quick read. Coupled with the CDC’s recent tips on zombie awareness, I think I’m ready!
World War Z is available from Amazon.com in paperback and for your Kindle. Max Brooks authored another zombie novel, The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead which looks promising. I’ve added it to my “read-this-soon” list!
Have you read any great zombie novels lately? Are there any on your “to-be-read” list? I’d love to hear about them!
This book was purchased by my husband for our personal library; I received no compensation for writing a review. All links are to the From Left to Write Amazon affiliate account.