World War Z Book Reviews
World War Z is a book that will entertain anyone who reads it. It questions isolationism and reveals how the world would change if we ever were to be thrust into a global zombie war.
Brooks uses personal narratives to construct a view of a macro event on a micro level. He also has a good sense of humor and demonstrates that you don’t need zombie blood to tell an interesting tale.
The Zombie War
The story is framed as a collection of personal stories that were collected by a chronicler originally commissioned by the United Nations to document the global Zombie War. This approach gives the book an added depth and makes it a little easier to read as it breaks down large events into many smaller stories that can be more easily digested. It’s reminiscent of Studs Terkel and his use of personal narratives to construct a view of a macro event on a micro level.
Brooks does a great job of exploring the many ways in which a zombie outbreak could devastate the world. He also explores the effect that this war would have on humanity as a whole. He shows how a lack of social structures would lead to exploitation and how people would become prone to irrational acts. The war would come close to destroying the human race and this is one of the major themes that Brooks examines throughout the book.
The Human Condition
Like any good apocalyptic work, World War Z focuses on the human element. It shows how people respond to disasters, showing both their strengths and weaknesses. Brooks portrays the human race in a way that reflects our own world today.
People try to survive in their own ways and find the most effective ways to do so. Despite their differences, they come together to fight the zombies. It is an inspiring story that can be applied to many situations in our lives.
The book is written in the form of interviews. The narrator travels to different parts of the world and interviews survivors about their experiences during the Zombie War. He keeps his questions to a minimum, allowing the interviewees to express their thoughts and feelings. By using this method, he is able to present a comprehensive and chilling account of the global zombie outbreak. He also explores the social and political implications of a global catastrophe.
Like all apocalyptic fiction, World War Z explores the abyss that is human nature. It shows us how easily we can be manipulated and made to act against our best interests. It also highlights the fact that a large part of humanity is insecure and greedy.
One thing that I loved about this book was the way it discussed our environment. There was a lot of talk about how the Earth’s ecosystem was destroyed during the war. This was due to the huge amount of fires, ash, and pollutants that were thrown into the air. There was also a large amount of wood being chopped down for heating and cooking, which caused the planet to cool down.
The structure of the novel is interesting as it is presented as interviews. This is similar to Studs Terkel’s work and George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. This helps to make the story feel more relatable.
The book is a great read, and although Brooks plays with the zombie concept at times, he also uses it to comment on government ineptitude, US isolationism, and survivalism. He also does a great job of showing that humans are capable of amazing things if they really put their mind to it. Scenes like a woman standing on top of her car taking out over 100 zombies or an American soldier using the Revolutionary-era tactic of two lines of soldiers facing off against the enemy with rifles are both entertaining and inspiring.
Unlike most zombie stories that focus on a single protagonist, World War Z features around forty different perspective characters from all over the world. This wide-telling approach helps the reader understand the scope of the apocalypse. The book also outlines the effects that such a global disaster would have on a diverse and interconnected world. For example, countries that were previously relying on foreign trade would suffer as the lack of international supply lines made it impossible to procure the needed materials. The environment would take a major hit as well, with trees being chopped up for fuel.