Book #9: World War Z by Max Brooks
OMG I LOVED this one! It was soooooo good.
It read much more like a war story than a zombie/horror story. I thought it was brilliantly written. The zombies were terrifying and the strategies for dealing with them were all fascinating.
(FYI mild SPOILERS after this point)
-the chapter about the canine units. It was crazy how they had trained the dogs to track, lure, bait, detect, and fight the zombies. And I loved that it wasn’t the breeds you’d expect - like Dachshunds were more important than German Shepherds. And purebred dogs were kind of worthless - it was the mutts that were highly valued because they didn’t have the inbred health problems. fascinating!
-feral cats - LOVED that cats were basically considered as much of an enemy as the zombies. (stupid cats, you suck!)
-unexpected battlefields - zombies at the bottom of the ocean…zombies in the catacombs under Paris…zombies in skyscrapers…zombies in the swamp. All completely unique scenarios that were both horrifying and attention grabbing!
- the human vs. human element - I loved the concept towards the end of the ‘Last Man on Earth’. The army encountered men who were so used to defending and ruling over their own little kingdoms that they not only didn’t want to be rescued, but they actively fought against the army. Also, the battle in NYC where the rich celebs in their fortress killing off other humans that just wanted a safe place to stay - thought-provoking stuff
-the weapons - some weapons that were so effective in normal war were completely useless against the zombies.
I could go on and on….I just really enjoyed this one. It was so interesting to read about a world-wide war like this where the countries and nations are not enemies to each other. The bad guy doesn’t have misguided ideas or religion. There’s just this one unifying disaster that everyone in the world is facing and it affects everyone so differently and completely. I couldn’t put this book down. I wanted to know more and more.
I would really like to read more about the world post-war. How did the world go about rebuilding? Did we ever completely eradicate the zombies? Did the nations of the world return to their tense relationships - did they restart old wars?
I’m going to see the movie tonight - I’m so excited! It will have to be really different from the book though - I mean, there’s no Brad Pitt character in the book that ties all of the stories together. Unless he’s the interviewer, but from the previews, it doesn’t look like it. Can’t wait!
ETA: disappointed in the movie. I’d read that it didn’t have anything in common with the book, but MY GAWD! IT REALLY HAD NOTHING IN COMMON WITH THE BOOK. I was really bored with the Brad Pitt & his family storyline - I wanted to see more of the war and less of Brad Pitt’s wife staring at a satellite phone. And the way they beat the zombies? where did that come from? In the book it came down to brute force and teamwork, not some ridiculous camouflage theory. Also, the movie seems to take place over like 3 days. The war lasted like 10 freaking years! Me at the end of the movie: “Wait, what? Were was the war?”