Monday, June 17, 2013

Teaser Tuesday [17] - World War Z by Max Brooks

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.

World War Z by Max Brooks


"A lot of drivers were trapped inside. Their doors were shut and, I'm assuming, locked. Their windows were rolled up, it was safety tempered glass. The dead couldn't get in, but the living couldn't get out."

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Goodreads Summary:

Soon to be a major motion picture!

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.

Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.

Most of all, the book captures with haunting immediacy the human dimension of this epochal event. Facing the often raw and vivid nature of these personal accounts requires a degree of courage on the part of the reader, but the effort is invaluable because, as Mr. Brooks says in his introduction, “By excluding the human factor, aren’t we risking the kind of personal detachment from history that may, heaven forbid, lead us one day to repeat it? And in the end, isn’t the human factor the only true difference between us and the enemy we now refer to as ‘the living dead’?”

Note: Some of the numerical and factual material contained in this edition was previously published under the auspices of the United Nations Postwar Commission.

Eyewitness reports from the first truly global war

“I found ‘Patient Zero’ behind the locked door of an abandoned apartment across town. . . . His wrists and feet were bound with plastic packing twine. Although he’d rubbed off the skin around his bonds, there was no blood. There was also no blood on his other wounds. . . . He was writhing like an animal; a gag muffled his growls. At first the villagers tried to hold me back. They warned me not to touch him, that he was ‘cursed.’ I shrugged them off and reached for my mask and gloves. The boy’s skin was . . . cold and gray . . . I could find neither his heartbeat nor his pulse.” —Dr. Kwang Jingshu, Greater Chongqing, United Federation of China

“‘Shock and Awe’? Perfect name. . . . But what if the enemy can’t be shocked and awed? Not just won’t, but biologically can’t! That’s what happened that day outside New York City, that’s the failure that almost lost us the whole damn war. The fact that we couldn’t shock and awe Zack boomeranged right back in our faces and actually allowed Zack to shock and awe us! They’re not afraid! No matter what we do, no matter how many we kill, they will never, ever be afraid!” —Todd Wainio, former U.S. Army infantryman and veteran of the Battle of Yonkers

“Two hundred million zombies. Who can even visualize that type of number, let alone combat it? . . . For the first time in history, we faced an enemy that was actively waging total war. They had no limits of endurance. They would never negotiate, never surrender. They would fight until the very end because, unlike us, every single one of them, every second of every day, was devoted to consuming all life on Earth.” —General Travis D’Ambrosia, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe


  1. With the movie coming out I am so all over this book.

  2. Jessica@a GREAT readJune 18, 2013 at 5:42 AM

    Oh creepy. These kinds of books...and movies...tend to freak me out too much! Funny, I can handle all the vamps and other monster creatures, but throw in zombies or end of the world situations and I freak out!

    Here's my Teaser

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  3. Okay, I admit to wanting to read this book. The only zombie book I've ever read is, ahem, Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. :) But a coworker recommended this as THE BEST ZOMBIE BOOK EVER, and he's kind of an aficionado. ;) But I'm glad I'll get your opinion on it before I read it. LOL Thanks for sharing that teaser, Jaclyn!

  4. I am going to enjoy this book vicariously through you. Wussy girl here.

  5. Oh, do hope you enjoy it. Are you going to see the movie after you read it? :)

  6. Exactly! I have a feeling the movie will be really good. Plus I'm just a Pitt fan :D Thank you so much for stopping by!

  7. I can completely understand that. I am that way with ghosts :D I think we all have that one creature that creeps us out a little much. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  8. Definitely! Thank you so much for stopping by :D

  9. Yes! I am actually reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies too right now LOL. I don't have a lot of experience with zombie books - these two are the first ones other than some books that included zombies just in the background. Thank you so much for stopping by :D

  10. I completely understand!! Thank you so much for stopping by :D

  11. This one seems very scary! I would hate to be trapped somewhere, even if it was for my own safety. Especially like this, where the trapped in appears to be without end... I hope you enjoy it, Jaclyn :)

  12. This was definitely a scary part. I think being trapped is just a terrifying prospect. Thank you so much for stopping by :D


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