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World War Z by Max Brooks

World War Z

by Max Brooks

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Released in 2006, this chilling account of a zombie apocalypse focuses more on the living than the undead.

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    Multiple viewpoints

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    Famous author

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    Now a movie


We survived the zombie apocalypse, but how many of us are still haunted by that terrible time? We have (temporarily?) defeated the living dead, but at what cost? Told in the haunting and riveting voices of the men and women who witnessed the horror firsthand, World War Z is the only record of the apocalyptic years.

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, 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.

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  • Henrico, VA

    First off, the book was WAY different than the movie…and that’s a good thing. I liked Brooks’ narrative style in the book. The interview style was different, refreshing, and told a cohesive story.


    I am normally not a Zombie story fan, but this is not a typical Zombie story. It’s so smart and heart-breaking in that I really think it captures the reality of human nature in crisis, the good & bad.

  • Bennington, VT

    The structure of this book was amazing and allows for multiple perspectives of a global crisis. While it is a zombie book, it is not horror more like a drama. Really recommend to everyone as a classic

  • Frederick, MD

    I loved the journalistic approach, enhanced by the book’s organization and writing perfectly set to each multiple POV. Spellbinding and entertains as an apocalyptic zombie event can be. 1.18-19.22

  • Covington, LA

    My halloween read this year. The past tense kept the scares at the right distance creating a thrilling ride without any nightmares. It was almost cathartic reading through a zombie pandemic in 2 days.

  • Lubbock, TX

    I love the way this man wrote this novel. To take the persepctive of dozens of people to create one storyline is genius. War affects countries snd social classes differently. Brooks showed that well

  • Denver, CO

    For a book ostensibly about zombies, Max Brooks presents some sharp political insight amongst the stories of fighting unstoppable waves of the undead. The vignette style is highly readable as well.

  • Port Hueneme, CA

    This was a well written story that gave the reader insight to the undead by sharing multiple interviews from those who survived it. I loved this format because of the many different perspectives.

  • Nashville, TN

    Max Brooks shows how people survive differently based on culture, location and social status. Fascinating & terrifying stuff, especially if you’re into psychology/sociology... oh, and zombies.

  • New York, NY

    Fun, fast read. Loved how it jumped from story-to-story to give several viewpoints of the apocalypse. I read this pre-pandemic & so when COVID hit early on, couldn’t help but wonder…

  • Riverview, FL

    A really cool and thought provoking look at what a zombie war could be like around the globe. If there ever is a zombie apocalypse have this handy, it might just be your key to survival!

  • Honolulu, HI

    I felt a myriad of emotions while reading this. I loved how one person's account of the war would be heartbreaking and then the next would be filled with hope. Will be fun to reread!

  • Raleigh, NC

    The way this story is told really keeps you engaged. You get to experience World War Z from from start fo finish from multiple different perspectives. It really feels complete.

  • Philadelphia, PA

    This book was written so well that it feels as if a zombie outbreak could have occurred but we just forgot it. this explores so much more then the typical zombie story.

  • Coffeyville, KS

    I liked the interview style of writing. It kept me engaged in the story, and the different POVs about the same time were hilarious and gore ridden. Loved it.

  • Boulder, CO

    An incredibly thought-provoking book that is eerily familiar with the times, taking an unrealistic situation (zombies) and making it hit home with reality.

  • Lathrop, CA

    The fact that this book is written as an oral history is not only incredibly interesting and extremely dynamic but it is also very unique. A great read!!

  • Oviedo, FL

    My favorite book that I had no idea I would love as much as I do. The documentary-style writing makes it feel like a mystery. This book is fantastic.

  • Hillsboro, OR

    Now a classic in zombie fiction. I love the set up of the narrative. It’s lead to some other great apocalyptic fiction like Robopocalypse.

  • Leslie, MI

    I loved this book. Enjoy how it was written. I enjoy Zombie books and how the prople deal with them. Wonderful written. Wonderful stories.

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