Tuesday, December 24, 2013

World War Z by Max Brooks

Zombies are everywhere in pop culture these days: books, movies, television and video games. When the market seems to be flooded with a particular genre, it is hard to stand out above the crowd. Max Brooks manages to do just that with World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. While this title will likely rest on the horror shelves of many bookstores, it is not scary at all. The book looks back on the Zombie War with people who lived through it from a historical, sociological and political perspective.

Readers who enjoy stories told in creative formats from multiple perspectives will enjoy this title. Brooks writes believably about people from a variety of ages and cultures, and was particularly successful in portraying a feral girl who had been surviving on her own from a young age after her mother was attacked.

While many zombie and post-apocalyptic titles tend to focus on the survival of characters, this one looks back and evaluates the geo-political ramifications of the supernatural event. New world powers are created and some previously strong countries are infested to the point of being uninhabitable.

If you are interested in reading about zombies from sociological and political perspective, check out World War Z by Max Brooks. Audiobook fans will enjoy the production value of this title as each narrator’s story is performed as if from a recorded tape to enhance the oral history feel. Do you prefer scary zombies with a lot of tense moments and gory visuals? Check out Feed by Mira Grant or Cell by Stephen King. How about a zombie love story? Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion should fit the bill.

Of course there are many movies based on the undead. World War Z and Warm Bodies are both available at VBPL on DVD. Search the catalog for our selection of zombie flicks.

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