World War Z, by Max Brooks

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The book's cover

I really like the zombie theme in games, you may have noticed it :) Howerver, I had never read any fiction on that theme.

Well, consider it done ! I've just finished World War Z. Max Brooks describes in detail, through interviews, the chronology of a world war opposing humans to the living dead.

We follow, in horror, the way the epidemic evolves and keep getting bigger and bigger worldwide, without anyone understanding the danger, except for a few wary individuals.

The ranks of the army of the dead keep growing, until "the great panic", when everyone realises, much too late, the danger.

Can the world survive this new world war ? Will humans emerge stronger from it, or will their faults render them extinct ? World War Z is a book that you do not want to put down until you've finished it.

If I had to make a criticism, it would have to be about the part taking place in France, where the protagonist is named "Emil", and his war cry is "on ne passé pas" [sic]. It seems that there weren't a lot of research and fact-checking on this.

From the same author, we have "The Zombie Survival Guide", and "Recorded Attacks", both taking place in the same universe as World War Z, which sometimes refers to the "guide", issued to civilians. If you're a SF or horror fan, you need to get those books now ! 

The movie rights avec been bought in 2007, so we will see a "World War Z" on the big screen (movie coming out in december 2012).


1. le 21 mars 2012 (09 h 55), par nyco :

Reddit on zombies:

2.Commentaire de l'auteur, le 09 novembre 2012 (08 h 40) :

First trailer for the movie :

3.Commentaire de l'auteur, le 14 novembre 2012 (18 h 05) :

The movie looks like a very generic action flick, when it could have been an amazing story. :(

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