World War Z Online Download by Max Brooks Click Here to Download the Book The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years. Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.
Reviews Max Brooks’s World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War is another easy recommendation, though I knew, based on Mike the Gorehound’s fervent recommendation and the novel’s high concept (Studs Terkel’s The Good War meets Dawn of the Dead) that this was going to be a book I couldn’t help but like. While World War Z is categorized by its publisher as humor (actually “War—Humor”), this genrefication is a bit of a misnomer, and likely based more on Brooks’s genetics than anything else. Sure, the book’s got plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, but these are not only few and far between, but are far outnumbered by the novel’s anxious, tearjerking, angering, and, ultimately, crowd-pleasing scenes. This is a novel with something for everyone. Fans of current events will find plenty of allegorical connections to today’s headlines and will have a blast identifying the thinly-veiled avatars of newsmakers and politicians. Fans of action will find a relentless pace. Fans of military novels will be fascinated by the day-after-tomorrow tactics and hardware on display. Fans of voice and character will be astounded by the way in which Brooks channels hundreds of distinct personalities. And fans of zombies… well, let’s just say there are lots and lots of zombies.
Everyone's already said what they liked/hated about the technical and writing aspects of this book, so the POV I can offer is from someone from a little country in SE Asia. Pretty much every post-apocalyptic work of fiction only showed what was happening in the West - and if they did go 'international' it's only for split-second shots of national monuments crumbling, so I never really felt an emotional connection, never related to whatever was at stake. It's a common in-joke with us while watching them: "we're probably still alive, the end of the world only affects America." Not so with World War Z. It was honestly so refreshing to see people like us be given a voice, and to be included in the hypothetical events. It really set this one apart, made it more well-rounded than any of its predescessors, because most authors won't even try.
This book was so amazing, that it went past the point of "can't put it down" and into the realm of "make it last as long as possible." The world of the novel (post Zombie-Apocalypse) is horrifying, but not without its own hope for the future. No one is left unscathed from the horrors visited across the entire planet by the zombie infestation, but that's where the beauty of the novel comes into play. The book is so wonderful because it's more than an idea and its implications; the voices of the people in the 2-4 page-long "interviews" are so vibrant and real that you can't help but get sucked in to their lives and imagine yourself in their place. The Zombie War is portrayed from so many viewpoints, each with an amazing story of its own, that by the end of the book I felt I too had lived through this fantastic apocalypse.
Pretty much exactly as awesome as everyone said it would be. Brooks obviously put an incredible amount of thought into this—the world-building is amazing, and that, coupled with the brilliant use of the “oral history”
format, makes the somewhat outlandish idea of a “zombie war” seem very real—and very, very scary. The one thing that bothered me was that, proportionally, there were far fewer women’s stories: it takes about 60 pages for a female voice to appear, and even then, most of them are fairly passive—with the notable exception of the Air Force pilot character, who does get one of the most engaging sections in the entire thing. Anyway, aside from that usual bit of crankiness, I really do think this is beyond terrific: dynamic, creative, and truly unique. I’ll be making a careful stash of blunt objects, now.
This book is the amazing book I've ever read. My favorite part about this book is that tells about different zombie outbreaks that happened throughout the world and the survivors are being interviewed by the author himself. The stories in this book are true and I think that's super, mega, ultra awesome. A matter of fact; legendary. To be completely honest I've always wanted for a zombie outbreak to happen and it did. If any of you like zombies PLLLEAASSE, read this book. You won't regret it.
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Published on Jun 8, 2013