Review: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was quite different from any I’ve listened to recently because it doesn’t have any central characters. The book is a collection of first-hand accounts from people at various stages of the zombie wars. I listened to the audio version which was read in a variety of accents which helped bring the international dimension to life, but there are accounts from characters all over the world. The lack of any central characters meant that I sometimes lost interest briefly because I wasn’t waiting to see how the story developed. The accounts are like a collection of mini-stories around a central theme from the discovery of patient zero, to the clear up operation at the end of the war.

The characters (what we get to know of them in the mini-stories) are believable and the actions of some of the major international powers is also believable (worryingly so) which kept me following the story to the end. I enjoyed some parts more than others and felt that some of the mini-stories could have been developed much further, I was quite sad when the narrative moved on to another location and set of people.

I would have rated this book around the 3.5-4/5 mark because of the way it is constructed (and as with all zombie stories, you have to put common sense on hold while you read it!)

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