Story Spotlight: World War Z – Max Brooks

I’m kind of a sucker for a good zombie story. On a seemingly unrelated note, I also find myself easily engrossed by counterfactual history. The latter always seems to be a winner in my book, but is hard to find. The former is easy to find due to its market saturation, but digging through the mounds always seems like the work will far outweigh the reward. So you can imagine my delight and curiosity at finding a book that combined the two along with a journalistic approach that promised to add to its realism.

But, as it turns out, the interesting premise isn’t the only reason to read World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks. The story arc hooked me instantly, and each story took such a unique and fascinating look at the war that I was newly intrigued with each one. Few were what I’ve come to expect from the genre, but almost all were riveting.

Of course, as with any work of fiction, World War Z has at least one flaw in my opinion. The characters in each story felt far too alike. The whole thing was supposed to be written by the same journalist character, so I don’t necessarily consider that poor writing, but it did take a tiny bit of the fun out of the book for me. Just not enough for it to lessen my opinion of the overall work.

5 stars out of 5

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