This book is a series of interviews from various survivors of the Zombie War that takes place in the future (and not too far, it seems). It goes fromThis book is a series of interviews from various survivors of the Zombie War that takes place in the future (and not too far, it seems). It goes from Patient Zero in China through how people fight to survive, then to fight back and finally, the clean up.
I hate zombie movies. I don't even like parodies of them, which makes me really surprised I enjoyed this book so much. I think it's the notable lack of zombies (they were shoved into the background). I don't know a lot about politics or economics, and I'm sure someone more learned in those areas might have a problem with what Brooks did with global politics and economics, but it worked for me. I have a feeling Brooks had a fun time with the breaking down of various countries and organizations. People who follow politics will probably get more out of the clever things slipped in. Or at least, be more annoyed by them.
I hooked a friend on to the audio book version and he pointed out to me something I missed about the description of Yonkers, where men faced down countless zombies and were defeated. I went back and reread and I laughed for five minutes. Because, no, it is horrific, but the people Brooks mentions that die--I don't know how I missed it, but I don't watch much Fox News, either. I do think it's easy to make this book political commentary, but I also think it depends on what the reader brings to the table. I missed a lot of the digs at the left and right because I don't pay attention to some of these people. Caricatures are what they are. People will exploit them, but I don't think it has to ruin the book, unless someone lets it. It was the stories of the people that drew me, in the end. I think the most horrific interviews were the ones where there are holes or silence. The interview about Korea was an example of this.
The relation between the zombie virus and the avian flu is pretty pronounced, and I think my experience of the book was a result of listening to a friend talk about his History of Medicine lectures with me over the subject. I am fearful of outbreaks.
This isn't a novel in the standard sense. Actually, it reminded me a lot of The Laramie Project, how through interviews you piece together a horrific event and the aftermath of it. I liked the book, but I also liked the audio book version since it gives you more of the individual "character" in each piece. It was my first time listening to an audio book all the way through, so it was interesting....more
I went into this book having just read the premise; I didn't do a long study of the plot. I had no knowledge of the movie besides that there was one,I went into this book having just read the premise; I didn't do a long study of the plot. I had no knowledge of the movie besides that there was one, so that didn't color my experience. But I was surprised that this book was less about the loss of children and more a commentary on faith using the lack of children as a vehicle. I didn't feel preached to much, but it got kind of hairy there in the second half of the novel.
Obligatory comments about the film: it's like BOOM BOOM divergent AU fanfic, and the whole meaning of the book is changed. If you judge it on its own merits, it's fine, but the world-building in the book is so much better....more