Review: World War Z

World War Z by Max Brooks

Genre: Science Fiction
Maturity Level: 5
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Rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆

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.

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’?”


It’s been years since I read this book, so while I remembered that it was brilliant, I admit that I had forgotten how brilliant it is and why. Guys, this book is SO WELL CRAFTED. It’s not at all what you would expect, and the things that make it good aren’t the things you might typically look for in a zombie book. In fact, I’ll come right out and say that I actually don’t like zombies. At all. I don’t think they’re scary or interesting. But this book is gripping and fascinating anyway.

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The Productivity Book Tag

YOU GUYS. I am ALMOST caught up on my tags. I only have two left, and one of them is the summer bucket list challenge or something, so it’s probably going to have to wait until next summer anyway. I CAN DO THIS!!!

Whew. Okay.

Meeghan at Meeghan Reads tagged me in this one back in July. I’m not sure what inspired it, and lets be honest, it’s an unusual theme, but as someone who is SUPER into productivity I am not going to complain. Let’s get this show on the road! (And go follow Meeghan if you don’t because she’s the bomb dot com!)

Rules

  • Answer the prompts
  • Tag some friends
  • Link back to this post, and be sure to mention the creator (Sam @ Fictionally Sam)
  • Have fun!

Planning – A book that is completely thought out

There are a couple that would fit nicely here (Harry Potter, anyone?), but I just finished re-reading World War Z for the first time, and I was blown away by how well Max Brooks thought the whole thing through. Like, things most people would never even THINK about were fleshed out in detail! Military strategy, virus spreading, cultural impact, whiteout effect. It’s all there. This book is brilliant, and I don’t even like zombies. Definitely a must-read monster book!

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Top 10 Books I Want to Re-Read

An inadvertent theme here on Never Not Reading this summer has been re-reading. I have been consistently lamenting that I don’t re-read books anymore, and I’ve found out that I’m not alone! Apparently a lot of book bloggers prioritize reading new things over re-reading for the sake of creating content for their blogs, but wish they could find the time to re-read.

So today I bring you the books that not re-reading is breaking my heart.

10. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

I read this book my senior year of high school and was so enchanted by it. I want to re-read it partly because it’s been long enough that I can’t remember it very clearly, and I want to get to know it again. But also because I bet that there’s a lot more to this book that I missed. I’m a much better reader than I was thirteen years ago, and I bet I would appreciate it at a much deeper level. I’ve been itching to re-read this one since I saw it on The Great American Read last summer.

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Halloween Creatures Book Tag 2.0

YOU GUYS!!!!! IT’S ALMOST HALLOWEEEEEEEEN!!!!!!!

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Thanks to Mel at Mel to the Any for tagging me in this one! I absolutely love monsters at Halloween time (and honestly, at any time) so this is the perfect tag for me. I hope some of you are getting as excited for Halloween as I am. Yay!

Rules

• Answer all prompts.
• Answer honestly.
• Tag 1-13 people.
• Link back to this post.
• Remember to credit the creator. (Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)
• Have fun!


Witch

A magical character or book

51HSkTKlauL._SX346_BO1,204,203,200_Ah, finally, an opportunity this month to bring up Harry Potter! lol

Seriously though, this book is so magical! At least for my generation there are so many people who hated reading, and then they read Harry Potter and fell in love with books. If that isn’t magic, then I don’t know what is! They’re so wonderful that I can re-read them as an adult and not feel annoyed by the childishness because they aren’t childish. And there’s always something new to discover. I can only assume J.K. Rowling is actually some kind of witch. Continue reading “Halloween Creatures Book Tag 2.0”

Creatures of the Night Book Tag

Creatures of the Night

I was perusing blogs this morning, and stumbled across this tag on Book Princess Reviews. She linked to the original post from Katytastic on youtube, which (get ready to gasp here) was my first ever booktube video! Might be checking out some more of that later today… I’ll try not to get sucked too far down that rabbit hole, lol.

ANYWAY, this tag seemed right up my ally, so I went ahead and tagged myself.

Basically, you just pick a favorite book featuring each of these monsters. Woo! I love monsters! He we go!

Vampire

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
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I actually had a really hard time choosing here, because you all know how obsessed I am with Dracula. But I feel like I’ve gone on and on about that classic enough, and maybe it was time to talk about something different. Also, since it’s not scary, I probably like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter better, if you can believe it.

So for those of you weirdos who don’t know, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is written as Abraham Lincoln’s diary. The author is given the diary by a mysterious person, and is shocked and terrified to discover that it accounts Lincoln’s journey as a vampire hunter. It’s full of actual real-life research and true to history facts about Lincoln’s life, mixed in with the obviously fantastical element that he spent his nights destroying vampires. It’s hilarious, and creepy, and emotional, and everything that makes a novel great, in my opinion. If you like to laugh and you like vampires, I strongly recommend this book! Continue reading “Creatures of the Night Book Tag”