More Post-Apocalyptic Fun: Zombies

World War Z by Max Brooks

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.

World War Z by Max Brooks

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 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.


Post-Apocalyptic Novels: First Vampires Then Robots

The Passage by Justin Cronin

Lately I’ve been on a post-apocalyptic kick. Not only have I been watching Falling Skies with my husband, I’ve been reading novels with the same theme as well. I’m not sure why I enjoy reading end of the world novels. Maybe I want to know how humans will react when the world is at its worse.

The Passage by Justin Cronin

The Passage by Justin Cronin, at almost 800 pages long, seemed like a daunting task when I first picked it up. My copy sat on my desk for about a month before I decided to crack it open. Once I started, I could not put it down. I became obsessed with it, reading every chance I could. I even let the kids watch extra television so I could read it. I was binge reading. I finished the novel in 3 days. (I’m a fast reader.)


Cronin’s novel begins with the Department of Defense’s attempt at creating super powerful soldiers. The balance of vampire (though he never calls them vampires in the novel) and human cannot be found and soon goes horribly wrong. That’s just the first part of the novel. The rest follows a cast of characters as they venture out into the post-vampire takeover, two generations later. The Passage is no horror story. The complex characters drew me in and kept me turning the pages. All 700+ of them.

Though it’s the first novel of a trilogy, the ending was satisfying for me. Enough for me to wait until 2012, when The Twelve (#2) will be published. There’s not set publication date yet.

Robopocalypse by Daniel WilsonAfter seeing all the promos about Robopocalypse by Daniel Wilson at Book Expo America, I was curious about it. When I saw that it was available as an ebook from my library, I went for it.  The book was optioned for a movie, directed by Stephen Speilberg, even before it was published. Perhaps that affected the style and format of the novel because it was very choppy. Maybe it was because I read it as an ebook and couldn’t easily flip back to refresh myself on previous chapters.

Robopocalypse also begins with a science experiment gone awry. Instead of vampires, a scientist creates a sentient artificial intelligence that escapes its confines. Next thing you know, cars are running over people and mailbots are directing senior citizens into crashing elevators. Told in flashback mode, each chapter is part of an oral history of how humans overcame the sentient computer.

Robopocalypse was a quick read as well, but is half the length of The Passage at slightly over 300 pages.

If you’re looking for a fun, quick read, I would recommend Robopocalypse.  If you want to be taken into an alternate reality with fascinating characters and relationships, grab a copy of The Passage.

I think all I need now is to read a zombie post apocalyptic novel. Any recommendations?

I received a copy of The Passage for review and borrowed Robopocalypse from my library. Book title links are Amazon affiliate links.