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What World War Z should have been,
This review is from: Zombie Apocalypse! (Mammoth Books) (Paperback)
Having recently read World War Z, which I found massively disappointing I was unsure of whether to give this a go but I decided to largely due to its presentation (pages laid out like emails, diary entries etc) and I have to say I'm finding it a great read and hard to put down.
Like World War Z, Zombie Apocalypse's story is told through a range of personal accounts surrounding the zombie outbreak. I found World War Z far too convoluted and political for its own good and I quickly lost interest, finding it a real chore to read through to the end.
But that's where the similarities end, because Zombie Apocalypse it centred around a more "human" aspect instead of page upon page of interviews from people in military and government officials, people in this book are simple everyday people just trying to survive and the fact that each character is written by a different author, it really lends the book an air of authenticity. I find each individual account of their own personal experiences a real joy (if that's the right word) and I love how things develop from a simple virus outbreak into a full-on worldwide pandemic. Also the fact that it's set in the UK is a big plus, as they talk about everyday things and places that we all recognise, again giving the book some real authenticity. It's not a long book by any means, due to its layout and fairly thick pages, but I found it to be both harrowing, dramatic and descriptive in equal measures, without going overboard and taking you away from the story. The way the book is written really does give you an idea of what it must have been like to be living through such a dangerous time. One story in particular stands out here, centering around an old lady trapped in a block of flats, alone. She talks of how she lost her husband, her ill health and how she made friends with a young girl only to have her taken away from her by "The Death". Throughout her story her writing gradually gets more erratic as her health and mind fades, eventually getting to a point where she can write no more, and is consumed either by her failing bodily functions, or a zombie attack, or both. This is just a small example of how this book focuses more on the human aspect instead of the more out and out gruesomeness of other books, though that's not to say that this book doesn't have its fair share of blood and gore, it just doesn't overshadow the main theme.
I'm not going to go any further, for fear of spoiling it for anyone who is wanting to read the book, but I urge anyone who is interested in anything undead related and wants to read something a little different to give this book a try, even if it's just to have a look at the original and interesting way the book is written and presented.