Author Max Brooks is coming to the University of Missouri Campus on Saturday.
You don’t know who that is? Unacceptable.
He wrote “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.” It is awesome.
I feel like any attempt I make to describe the sheer awesomeness of “World War Z” is going to fall short, but stick with me as I try.
“World War Z” is a collection of eyewitness accounts of a years-long war against the walking undead that brought humanity to the edge of extinction. It reads like nonfiction and is a striking re-imagining of the zombie genre. It is not a core group of characters struggling to figure out that getting bitten is bad and shots to the head are good and how to survive until the end of the movie/book.
This book depicts a diverse cross section of characters giving their snapshots of their experiences. The scope is amazing; Brooks brings together separate and real voices of men, women and children from all over the world and every walk of life: military, scientific, religious, young, old, rich, poor and everything in-between.
It takes place over years, detailing the beginning of the spread and the eventual curtailing of the zombies through land and water, failed battles and strategies, new technologies and old standby weapons. Humanity doesn’t figure it out in a neat and tidy time frame. It’s messy and filled with losses and triumphs, and it’s beautifully, beautifully human.
If audiobooks are your thing, “World War Z: The Complete Edition” audiobook features a stellar cast with stars like Nathan Fillion, Martin Scorsese, Simon Pegg, Masi Oka and Jeri Ryan.
Max Brooks is also the author of “The Zombie Survival Guide,” a complete and comprehensive non-fiction guide to surviving a zombie apocalypse. It contains such lessons as, “They feel no fear, why should you?” and my personal favorite, “Blades don’t need reloading.”
Am I aware that I sound like an adoring fangirl? Quite. Because I know the sound I made when I found out Max Brooks was coming to town was most decidedly a squeal of joy and in no way demonstrating restraint, and I am 100% okay with that.