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World War Z
World War Z
by Max Brooks

World War Z Analysis

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Setting

The Not-So-Distant-More-Or-Less-Parallel FutureIt's hard to pin down the definitive setting of World War Z. Partly, that's because the setting changes every time the Interviewer chats it up with an...

Narrator Point of View

First Person Peripheral Narrator World War Z is technically a first-person peripheral narrator but it reads like first-person central narrator, and… we're getting ahead of ourselves, aren't we? L...

Genre

Horror, Satire, MockumentaryHorrorAn army of your friends and relatives have risen from their bloody graves and are chomping at your ankles as you run, desperately try to find a safe place to sleep...

Tone

MockumentaryMax Brooks is the Ken Burns of zombie history. In World War Z, a nameless interviewer discusses the experiences of the zombie war with its survivors, and each survivor has a different t...

Writing Style

InterviewThis one won't come as a surprise to anyone who's read the novel—or any of our learning guide: World War Z is written like a compilation of interviews. As a result, the writing style is...

What's Up With the Title?

The title World War Z is a rather blatant riff on the name of two rather famous 20th century conflicts, World War I and World War II. Perhaps you've heard of them? Obviously, the title plays off th...

What's Up With the Ending?

Watch a movie based on actual events, and nine times out of ten, it'll have a section before the credits telling you what happened to the real life people the movies is based on. You can check out...

Tough-o-Meter

(2) Sea Level Max Brooks has a zombie war on his hands, and apparently that was terrifying enough: World War Z is an easy, sea-level jaunt across the war-torn beaches littered with the decomposing,...

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