Re: Oral History of the Zombie War
I read this book last December , I have never read anything inside the zombie genre and I only picked this book up because it was the only one in the apartment I was staying at, however I was completely and pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed it.
The zombies do play a small roll in the story, I feel any world catastrophe scenario could have been substituted while keeping the integrity of the book. What I liked about this book is it looks at the aspects of an apocalypse most forget to include. Yes the stories for survival, finding food, weapons, etc is there but for instance I remember a part where a survivor (I think he was Japanese its been awhile) who spent so much time on the internet "watching" the worlds demise digitally that he doesn't notice the disappearance of his parents and has to escape out the window way after the problems had become uncontrollable. Also the mention of men who spent days filtering CB radio transmissions to find and send out relevant news to the public and how many of them we're traumatized having to listen to the screams of those who could not be helped.
Another thing I really appreciated about the book is the logicality the human race has to take in order to save itself. Everyone assumes all will be saved but they had to essentially bite the bullet and cut the fat and I think this is something even hard core zombie fans ignore.
In a post apocalyptic world things like allergies can be death sentences, the old and the invalid a heavy burden to carry, when brought down to its bare bones what type of people would the world need in order to rebuild ? Secretaries and CEO's ? or carpenters and electricians? It comes down to whats best for the many.
I like that this book makes one think about and recognize these cold truths that can be a part of many survival situations. However I also feel this book does recognize humanities ability to rebuild. Even if its only after willful ignorance, mistakes, and lack of common sense, it describes humanities ability to eventually adapt and work around its current predicaments.
I'd recommend this book to anyone but I also think the way its written by multiple perspectives without a start to finish story line is good for those who aren't used to reading novels at all , the stories keep you turning the pages and bring up many different lines of thinking and reflection.