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World War Z

An Oral History of the Zombie War

Brooks, Max

(Paperback - 2006)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
World War Z
An account of the decade-long conflict between humankind and hordes of the predatory undead is told from the perspective of dozens of survivors who describe in their own words the epic human battle for survival.
Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, c2006
Edition: 1st pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780307346612
Branch Call Number: FIC B
Characteristics: 342 p. ; 21 cm.


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I LOVED THIS BOOK! It was a different take on a zombie story and unlike anything I have ever read before. I loved the perspective in the book, the story was told very well. Highly recommend reading this book, if you have seen the movie doesn't matter, book is worth reading since they have so little in common.

Dec 08, 2014
  • lbarkema rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I liked the way in which this was told, an oral history, but despite not being a super-long novel, it dragged. Maybe it was because I was interested in some stories or even parts of the war, and not others? I can't tell what it is that just didn't "do it" for me. But because there were places that were interesting and it was a unique telling of a story, it still gets a solid 3.

Nov 02, 2014
  • black_hawk_403 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A different spin on the modern zombie story - 5 stars but definitely not for young children.

Sep 19, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Brooks presents a dystopic future featuring a crippling virus. The story features the zombie pandemic as told to 'the author' by people involved, from the doctor who saw the first case, to military personnel involved at the height, to leaders trying to rebuild. Featuring a global perspective and a journalistic tone, this book is excellent and a riveting read.

Jul 03, 2014
  • angeye87 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved it! :) I saw the movie, so I decided to give the book a shot. Although they are very different I definitely loved them both! Quick read, would def recommend

Jun 13, 2014
  • rags1523 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Found this book on a buzz feed list and decided to give it a try. I was really surprised. It isn't about Zombies, it is about how different people and parts of the world deal with disaster and what it says about us as humans and cultures.

May 14, 2014
  • pamcora87 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book. I loved the multiple perspectives given by each interview. The fast paced images and thrilling subject matter make it a quick and enjoyable read.

Mar 21, 2014
  • vegemite9 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Fast paced and a truly exiting novel, i praise Max Brooks, for his intriging writing. Seeing the Zombie apocaylypse through this veiw, was slightly depressing. As realization came to as how helpless we would be in such a situation. Max brooks keeps into consideration the possible dangers of a non-infected. Survival needs. And the conditinal conspiracy out of the story-the belief that because you are you, you would survive. He painted a different picture of the zombie in my mind and i thank him for it. I highly recommend this read, perhaps for an older audience as the book is quite visual.

Nov 15, 2013
  • Ferrous1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Totally different from the movie, which makes the format take a bit to adjust to, but totally enjoyable. An interesting view of human nature and society, and what would happen if an all-encompassing calamity that was very difficult to escape happened. Well worth a read even from just this perspective if you're not into zombies.
Highly recommended.

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Frightening or Intense Scenes: Of course, people just escaping zombies, and multiple shootouts. There is quite a bit of intensity.

Violence: Plenty of violence. It's a zombie horror event, you gotta expect it.

Coarse Language: Almost every swear word used at least once. But most are used several times.

Sep 23, 2013
  • mariednguyen rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Other: Release date June 21, 2013 (USA)

Feb 22, 2013
  • rayyan0705 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: there is alot of killing and war

Aug 22, 2011
  • cmills10 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Gore, dead bodies, walking dead, cannabalisim,

Aug 22, 2011
  • cmills10 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Violence: It's a book about dead people coming back to life and eating other people. I think it may be a TOUCH violent, don't you?

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.


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Nov 02, 2014
  • black_hawk_403 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Feb 22, 2013
  • rayyan0705 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jan 16, 2012
  • scifinerd rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Aug 22, 2011
  • cmills10 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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scary and a really good book

Jul 28, 2013
  • Tingwerson rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

What about your parents?
What about them? We lived in the same apartment, but I never really conversed with them. I’m sure they thought I was studying. Even when school closed I told them I still had to prepare for exams. They never questioned it. My father and I rarely spoke. In the mornings my mother would leave a breakfast tray at my door, at night she would leave dinner. The first time she didn’t leave a tray, I thought nothing of it. I woke up that morning, as I always did; gratified myself, as I always did; logged on, as I always did. It was midday before I started to feel hungry. I hated those feelings, hunger or fatigue or, the worst, sexual desire. Those were physical distractions. They annoyed me.

Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

It's fear, dude, just fear and you don't have to be Sun freakin Tzu to know that real fighting isn't about killing or even hurting the other guy, it's about scaring him enough to call it a day. Break their spirit, that's what every successful army goes for, from tribal face paint to the "blitzkrieg" to... what did we call the first round of Gulf War Two, "Shock and Awe"? Perfect name, "Shock and Awe"! But what if the enemy can't be shocked and awed? Not just won't, but biologically can't!


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