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by Jakob B. Hardy (subscribe)
a freelance writer and producer/screenwriter for Spoiler Alert Productions living in Perth, Western Australia.
Published January 25th 2013
Best zombie fiction ever
If I had a dollar for every time I've read this book I would have $23, enough to buy a new copy to replace my worn one!

Max Brooks' (son of comedian and director Mel Brooks) World War Z is the kind of book that offers social commentary more direct than that of Catch 22 and an entire world of stories told by engrossing characters.

If you find the name familiar, then it may be due to the big budget film adaptation starring Brad Pitt, slated for release mid year that is set to be one of the winter's big blockbusters. Although it seems to only be loosely based on the novel, the film does promise to be remarkable.

The intricately designed post-apocalyptic world takes the reader on a journey with a U.N. reporter tasked with retrieving the stories of survivors of a global zombie apocalypse, which saw the planet's population drastically reduced.

Each interviewee offers another perspective of the war against the undead and each is placed in order to create a full timeframe of the war from the beginning through to the end.

Brooks' work in this novel is astounding, the creation of dozens of main characters and the intense attention to detail on historical elements reinforces the strength of this work.

This is Brooks' second venture into zombie fiction, his first work being the critically acclaimed "Zombie Survival Guide", an absolute must have for the paranoid and the young audience. World War Z builds upon the fear of the "end game" scenario where humanity as we know it ends and uses the recently revitalised zombie genre as a perfect guise for the much more political subtext.

I recommend this novel for anyone who has grown tired of the romance novels of late and wants a new, slightly depopulated world to explore.

I give this book a full 5/5.
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