“There’s a word for that kind of lie. Hope.” ― Max Brooks, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

World_War_Z_book_coverTo be honest, I am not sure how to start this review. If you checked the Goodreads rate, you will know why I am like in the middle (ha!)…

I know how to start!

This is just not like the movie at all. I am not saying that I didn’t like the movie because I always have to put everything aside to watch it when I find it on FOX. There are a few events on the movie that happened in the book. However, I will not judge the movie for its book (Ha!)

I think I will start with the style and the format of the book. The fact that the book is narrated/written like interviews, people narrating their struggles, their fights, and how they crashed against the Great Panic, made it mesmerizing. Why? Because you are being told their “experience”. It gives this kind of perspective that you can’t get from one single narrator.

I must accept that I got excited a few times… (More than a few) reading how the Great Panic was a common and single trait on all of the voices of the book, but they all lived the war differently. I will summarize “World War Z” as a compilation of mini/short stories. Having so many people talking about the same issue in different scenarios gives a more open view to cover a world war, and even though this is the case, there are gaps in what and why all this and that happened. I see that as a reflection of this reality because our questions are not fully answered all the time, and nobody has all the answers and the absolute truth.

There were narrators that really got my attention. It was amazing how they survived the war. How they literally fought their way through hell and managed to become legends and heroes of a fictitious war that criticize politicians, pharmaceutical companies, society, religion, and a whole system that has been put in place just to destroy the same human race.

What I didn’t enjoy that much is its heaviness. It is so packed with real and fictitious facts that makes it a little too hard to tie up all the strings together. What follows might be just my own problem as I am not that good in geography, but the main and constant narrator or the interviewer moves around different towns, cities, countries to gather these stories. He vaguely mentions the place where they are and starts the anecdote like if all the readers knew all those places. If I had stopped in every single story to google all those places, I would still be on the first hundred pages…

I am not saying that the setting was weak, but it could have been better in the description and creating the mood for the actual narration.

I’ve read extracts of books where the author does a playlist of music for the reader to listen while reading or some shi… like that which I just find annoying. However, during the war, some of these survivors/soldiers tell how the head ups increased the soldier’s morale and stamina while playing heavy metal music. I found this device as an assistant to set the mood, like extra help for the author. It wasn’t on every single story, but on the ones that it mentioned a song, it perfectly matched the emotion and the desperation of the characters.
The purpose of the sci-fi genre is basically to criticize them now in the future. “World War Z” can be easily analyzed with the ecofeminism approach. I can picture the time on the book not that far from now. I might be a few years from when it was written or from today. However, the problems that are denounced include space junk, the killing of the whales, the extinction of the fauna and flora, and the resource depletion. Also, I found really amazing how Brooks denounces and describes the politicians and pharmaceutical companies as soulless entities. Why? Because they only care about making the profit out of the people sickness, pains, and desperation. The use of hope as a tool to manipulate the masses is so well known and also so overlooked that humanity fails to react to the heads up manipulation resources.

Another reason why I selected 3 stars instead of 4 is that the book is after a war and the zombies are not actually mentioned. This book becomes more like a political discourse which I find really interesting, but some zombies and some horror would have been amazingly lovely.

Humanity is just not a simple species, and we will find our end at some point. It might be either by a nuclear war, complete annihilation of the planet, or even some grey rotten ghouls.


“Lies are neither bad nor good. Like a fire they can either keep you warm or burn you to death, depending on how they’re used”




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  1. “Some things you can never leave behind. They don’t belong to the past. They belong to you.” ― Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave – INKISH KINGDOMS Avatar

    […] to start the second book! While reading this book I got the same somber feeling of despair that World War Z  generated on me. This retelling of the destruction of humankind and how people ended up was quite […]

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  2. thewolfandbooks Avatar

    I’ve been curious about World War Z for awhile but all the jargon and politics sort of put me off. It still seems really interesting otherwise.

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    1. Satou Johns Avatar

      Oh it is really a good story! It is so different haha like not what you would expect haha the movie is really good! What put me a bit off were all the places the author talks about like dude I am Google Maps to know all this haha

      Thank you for commenting! 🙂


  3. Priyasha Avatar

    Great post 🤗✋✋

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  4. Sakhile Avatar

    I loved the movie and the book has been on my tbr for ages now. Idk how I feel about it being told in interviews though :/

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    1. Satou Johns Avatar

      It is completely different. Like it was the first time I read something like that. It is interesting because it is like listening to stories like: Sakhile… how did you survive the attack? What did you do? What were you doing? So the stories are really well written hehe

      I love the movie! Like… it is one of my favorite ones haha


  5. Norrie Avatar

    Zombie book without zombies? Weird 😀
    I haven’t seen the movie but was interested in the book. I think i’m gonna go with the audio book tho, that seems to go well with the writing style 🙂

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    1. Satou Johns Avatar

      Where are you going to get the audiobook? I look for it on Audible but they have it abridge and also in German haha or the movie version XD

      I mean the zombies are there but when they remember them, it is like the aftermatch haha but you do get this doom feeling like… we are screwed XD

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      1. Norrie Avatar

        Aww, whaaat? :/
        I was looking on audible too. It says it’s english, has also multiple narrators. Reading time is 13 hrs. I hope it’s the full thing!

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      2. Satou Johns Avatar

        What what? Share the link! :O I have looked for it a few times! :O

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      3. Norrie Avatar

        I sent you a message on your contact thingie 🙂

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      4. Satou Johns Avatar

        Yeah! And I replied through twitter haha


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