“World War Z” by Max Brooks

In the near future, a mysterious plague originates in China.  The infection incubates for a few hours or days, then the victim dies…and then rises again as a zombie, with an insatiable appetite for fresh human flesh!  The living bitten by the undead contract the zombie plague and eventually become zombies themselves.  The only way to stop the zombie is to destroy the brain.  Needless to say, the existence of the plague incites mass panic.  Eventually, the uninfected band together, establish quarantined safe areas, and work at eradicating the zombie hordes.

This book is told as an oral history of the Zombie War.  From its origins to the reemergence of a stable society, the narrator interviews various individuals around the world about their experiences.  And some rather interesting experiences they are!  What the people and government leaders in this alternate reality do to overcome actually is really thought provoking.  For one thing, the nations which survive are basically forced to adopt what is known as the “Redeker Plan” – abandoning most of the country’s territory (and people living there) to the zombies while establishing a protected area, and there building strength enough to win back the lost areas.  Basically this brings up a lot of ethical issues, survivor guilt, etc.

Lots of interesting vignettes in here.  Not really a blood and guts zombie story (I’m not really into those), but more to do with the psychological and social effects of a zombie plague.  Really enjoyed the story – couldn’t put it down at parts.

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2 responses

  1. Have you heard of a book that just came out called “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”? Apparently a guy took the entire text of Pride and Prejudice and inserted zombie attacks in the text of otherwise polite conversations between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, etc.
    World War Z sounds a bit like a prequel to “I am Legend”.

  2. […] entertaining: World War Z – really liked it a lot; quite a page turner!  I liked how there were several narrators.  […]

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