After The World Ended…: Reviewing World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

There was a point when I didn’t really care about the zombie genre. My interest was peaked when I saw Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead. Soon, I was hooked on The Walking Dead and I now have a better appreciation for the zombie genre as a whole. Most of these stories but you in the center of the action but they rarely discuss what happened afterwards. That is what makes Max Brooks’ novel so unique and I will now review World War Z for you.

It’s been years since the world was taken over by zombies. Humans managed to come out victorious, but at what price? One brave (but unnamed) journalist decides to travel the world to explore the aftermath of the Zombie War in order to uncover what truly happened during the zombie apocalypse and if the world will ever be the same again.

World War Z is certainly a unique take on the classic zombie apocalypse story. The novel is told through interviews with everyone from average citizens to prominent politicians. The format can come across as boring if you go into the novel without knowing how the story is told. If you are looking for a new idea in the zombie genre, then I definitely recommend this novel. Brooks provides a fascinating and in-depth look at a probable situation. It almost makes you feel as though you’ve lived through the Zombie War as well. Note: The movie adaptation of World War Z starring Brad Pitt is really good though it doesn’t follow the novel exactly. I still recommend it, regardless.

The Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this but I’m a huge fan of The Walking Dead. I saw this tag and thought that the timing was perfect since Season 8 (and the 100th episode) premiered last night. I completed two of my midterms thus far with confidence so I’m going to do a fun tag. Shout out to Bionic Book Worm who has already done this tag.

Here are the rules:

  • Choose 5 random books from your shelf
  • Randomly set your books
  • Flip to a random name and record the first two names that you see
  • Put the names in the categories listed below in the order that you saw them

The five books I picked are: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling, The Princess Bride by William Goldman, and American Gods by Neil Gaiman

The First Person to Die in the Apocalypse – Goddammit, I got Hermione. Of all of the people you don’t want to die, Hermione is one of them.


The Person You Tackle to Escape the Zombies – I got Viktor Krum and I don’t think I would feel bad about sacrificing him to the zombies.


The First Person to get Turned into a Zombie – Fortunately, I ended up picking the Foxfaced girl from The Hunger Games

daryl killing walker

The Person who Tackles me to Escape the Zombies – I got Haymitch and, with his personality in the first book, that wouldn’t surprise me.

shane walker

The Team’s Idiot – For this one, the name that came up was Laura Moon from American Gods. I’m certainly not a fan of hers so I’ll accept it. Also, (spoiler but not really) she’s undead for most of the book so she’s allowed to do stupid things.


The Brains of the Team – I got the main character, Shadow Moon. I would definitely trust him to hold a group together. He’s adaptable and logical.


The Teams Medic – Wesley from The Princess Bride is the medic. I would trust the guy who developed an immunity to poison.

daryl and judith

The Weapons Expert – Hell yeah! We’ve got Inigo Montoya on our team!


The Team’s Brawler – I ended up with Sherlock Holmes and he’s a boxer so I’m fine with him punching the zombies in the face.


The Team’s Leader – I am trusting this team to Dr. John Watson and that sounds good to me.

rick smiling

I’d love to hear from my fellow Walking Dead fans about what they got for this tag or tell me what you thought of the Season 8 premier if you’re caught up.