Review of World War Z by Max Brooks

I like zombies, so my love for World War Z makes a lot of sense. But it’s not just the zombies that delighted me. I was most impressed by the pure scope of the story–Max Brooks managed to paint a picture of the whole world both during and after the zombie apocylpse. From Israel’s isolation to North Korea’s disappearance to Russia’s rediscovered religious fervor, every culture’s reaction felt genuine.

The language was evocative without being overwrought, and the imagery of the zombies in the ocean really spoke to me.

I also loved the book’s format. It’s arranged as a series of first person narratives that divide the story into easily digestible bits. I usually paused to think after finishing each one.

That’s another thing I loved about this book–it made me think.

Overall, I give it 5/5. It might not be my new favorite book, but it comes damn close. If you haven’t read it yet, you should.

About Jamie

Jamie Lackey lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and their cats. She has over 160 short fiction credits, and has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Escape Pod. She has a novella and two short story collections available from Air and Nothingness Press. In addition to writing, she spends her time reading, playing tabletop RPGs, baking, and hiking. You can find her online at

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