- Author Max Brooks
I don’t think I would have heard of this if it hadn’t been for the film, but I enjoyed the movie and wanted to see what the book was like. They were quite different - where the film has to tell a story and focuses on one man, the book is a mish-mash of stories from a huge variety of people.
Posed as the interviews and research behind a post-war report, the book winds through the story of the epic battle between humanity and the undead. Starting from the very beginning, with eyewitness reports of some of the first to suffer the disease, through those who fought off wave after wave of zombies, to those trying to put life back together again, there is a startling array of viewpoints on offer.
I really enjoyed the book. With so many different walks of life getting their say, it was a comprehensive look at how a war like this could really happen. It was totally believable, and thus quite scary in places, but mostly it was just fascinating. The only downside was, to me, it felt like the build up outweighed the payoff. I would have liked more of the afterwards, of putting life back together again. Perhaps that can be saved for the sequel.