We survived the zombie apocalypse, but how many of us are still haunted by that terrible time? We have (temporarily?) defeated the living dead, but at what cost. 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 . apocalypse's global dimensions as Max Brooks's novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. Brooks's interview-based novel presents a series .
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World War Z: an oral history of the zombie war/ Max Brooks.- 1st ed. portal7.info-Humor dislike this last moniker as it implies an inevitable "Z War Two." For me, it will. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. Home · World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War Author: Brooks Max. downloads Views. World War Z: An Oral History of The Zombie War Max Brooks Book Review by: Eduardo M. Lape, Jr. AB – Political Science (PS2A) Submitted to: Father Erwin.
Plot[ edit ] Max Brooks, an agent of the United Nations Postwar Commission, travels the world interviewing survivors of the zombie plague 19 years prior. Although the exact origin of the plague is unknown, a young boy from a village in Chongqing , China is identified as the plague's official patient zero. China initiates a military crisis with Taiwan to cover up their attempts to contain the initial outbreaks. The plague spreads to various nations by human trafficking, refugees and the black market organ trade. Initially these nations are able to cover up their smaller outbreaks, until a much larger outbreak in South Africa brings the plague to public attention.
The situation in the British Isles is not entirely clear in the novel.
The Pope and members of the British Royal Family had fled to Ireland specifically Armagh and the Isle of Man , following the military retreat to the Antonine Wall , and now exports oil from a reserve under Windsor Castle where the Queen held out for the war's duration, refusing to flee with her relatives. In France, the Palace of Versailles was the site of a massacre and has been burned to the ground; military losses were particularly high clearing the catacombs underneath Paris , because the catacombs housed nearly a quarter of a million refugees during the early stages of the war, all of whom became zombies.
The Israelis and Palestinians have made peace, and the former occupied territories have been renamed " Unified Palestine ". Several countries are described as having revised borders due to the "dumping" of convicts into infected zones; these convicts rose to command "powerful fiefdoms" that later became independent states.
A so-called "Pacific Continent" appears to encompass previously uninhabited islands as well as ships rendered immobile due to lack of fuel after the Saudi Royal Family have destroyed the oil fields in Saudi Arabia. The United Nations fields a large military force to eliminate the remaining zombies from overrun areas, defeat hordes that surface from the ocean floor, and kill frozen zombies before they thaw. Life on Earth is hinted at being brought to near extinction. Development[ edit ] Brooks designed World War Z to follow the "laws" set up in his earlier work, The Zombie Survival Guide , and explained that the guide may exist in the novel's fictional universe.
It is said that the undead contain a black, foul pus-like liquid instead of blood.
Decomposition will eventually set in, but this process takes longer than for an uninfected body and can be slowed even further by effects such as freezing.
Although zombies do not tire and are as strong as the humans they infect though they appear to be slightly stronger due to lack of normal restraint , they are slow-moving and are incapable of planning or cooperation in their attacks. Zombies usually reveal their presence by moaning. I read it when I was a teenager and it's sat with me ever since.
Romero as an influence and criticized the Return of the Living Dead films: "They cheapen zombies, make them silly and campy.
The technology, politics, economics, culture, and military tactics were based on a variety of reference books and consultations with expert sources.
Many US characters blame the United States' inability to counter the zombie threat on low confidence in their government due to conflicts in the Middle East. For example, one character in the novel tries to justify lying about the zombie outbreak to avoid widespread panic, while at the same time failing to develop a solution for fear of arousing public ire.
I wanted to combat that in World War Z and maybe give my fellow Americans a window into the political and cultural workings of other nations. Yes, in World War Z some nations come out as winners and some as losers, but isn't that the case in real life as well? I wanted to base my stories on the historical actions of the countries in question, and if it offends some individuals, then maybe they should reexamine their own nation's history. Several interviews, especially those from the United States, focus on policy changes designed to train the surviving US population to fight the zombies and rebuild the country.
The ultra-rich hide in their homes, which had been turned into fortified compounds, when they were overwhelmed by others trying to get in, it became a mass slaughter. Throughout the novel, characters demonstrate the physical and mental requirements needed to survive a disaster. He also pointed out that the US likes the zombie genre because it believes that it can survive anything with the right tools and talent.
He believes that zombies allow people to deal with their own anxiety about the end of the world. Werewolves and vampires and mummies and giant sharks , you have to go look for them. My attitude is if you go looking for them, no sympathy. But zombies come to you. Zombies don't act like a predator; they act like a virus, and that is the core of my terror. A predator is intelligent by nature, and knows not to overhunt its feeding ground.
A virus will just continue to spread, infect and consume, no matter what happens.
It's the mindlessness behind it. He declared: "at this point we're pretty much living in an irrational time", full of human suffering and lacking reason or logic. That has always terrified me. Of course that applies to terrorists, but it can also apply to a hurricane, or flu pandemic , or the potential earthquake that I grew up with living in L. Any kind of mindless extremism scares me, and we're living in some pretty extreme times.
Brooks subsequently dedicated the novel to Bancroft. Reception[ edit ] Reviews for the novel have been generally positive.
Gilbert Cruz of Entertainment Weekly gave the novel an "A" rating, commenting that the novel shared with great zombie stories the use of a central metaphor, describing it as "an addictively readable oral history. Silver identified Brooks' international focus as the novel's greatest strength and commented favorably on Brooks' ability to create an appreciation for the work needed to combat a global zombie outbreak. Silver's only complaint was with "Good-Byes"—the final chapter—in which characters get a chance to give a final closing statement.
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.
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.
Most of all, the book captures with haunting immediacy the human dimension of this epochal event. Facing the often raw and vivid nature of these personal accounts requires a degree of courage on the part of the reader, but the effort is invaluable because, as Mr.
Brooks says in his introduction, "By excluding the human factor, aren't we risking the kind of personal detachment from history that may, heaven forbid, lead us one day to repeat it? And in the end, isn't the human factor the only true difference between us and the enemy we now refer to as 'the living dead'?
Some of the numerical and factual material contained in this edition was previously published under the auspices of the United Nations Postwar Commission.
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