World War Z is a collection of fictional stories from the survivors of a worldwide zombie outbreak. It takes place in the present time. Rumors spread about a viral outbreak that turns humans into cannibals, or the more correct phrase, zombies. These rumors are dismissed as hoaxes and forgotten. Finally, a group of experts from the U.N. create a document of compiled reports about the dead reanimating in certain 3rd world countries. Of course, it is dismissed. The viral disease begins to spread to other countries including the United Federation of China and the United States of America. Israel is the only country to take precautions, due to their unfavorable military history. Ignorance is not a virtue, as the outbreak soon shows.
The entirety of the book is a collection of interviews from the survivors of the zombie apocalypse. Stories of despair are numerous, but there is a glimmer of hope. Panic strikes the human population and the governments of every nation scramble to figure out why such a minor threat is crippling such a massive arsenal of weapons like missiles and machine guns. During the book we hear the story of a soldier stationed in a small town that the U.S. Military deemed an excellent choke point. The small town is packed with all sorts of gadgets that would scare and obliterate any human opponent. More than half of the equipment stationed at that base is for show, to keep the media entertained and America under control. The horde of zombies from New York overwhelms the outpost and America is thrown into the Great Panic.
Overall, World War Z was a great read. America is always craving a good zombie novel once and awhile, and this is definitely the one. Max Brooks is a master at making interesting zombie stories. It’s fun to see the movie after reading this book and see the many differences.