Ever since George Romero brought us the film “Night of the Living Dead”, people have been fascinated with zombies. Whether in film, such as the “Return of the Living Dead” series, or more recently “Shaun of the Dead”, or in books such as “The Zombie Survival Guide”, our culture cannot seem to get enough of the “walking undead”.
World War Z: an oral history of the Zombie War by Max Brooks is the latest addition to the Zombie Lexicon. While a lot of the typical zombie stuff is in here, such as moaning zombies with a thirst for fresh humans, what sets this book apart is the style in which the book is told.
For fans of the books “Spoon River Anthology” by Edgar Lee Masters or “Winesburg, Ohio” by Sherwood Anderson, you will instantly recognize the particular method Brooks uses to tell this story.
Instead of a linear retelling of the events surrounding the Zombie War, in which humanity must save itself from the unstoppable moaning hoards, we are told of the events through the first person stories of the war’s survivors.
Gripping, tragic, and at times humorous, World War Z is not only a must read for zombies, but for fans of good literature as well.