Audiobook/Adult Crossover: World War Z

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Bibliographical Information:

Title- Wold War Z

Author- Max Brooks

Publisher- Random House Audio

Length- 12 hours and 8 minutes


Genre(s): Horror, Zombies, War

Interest Age: 16 and up

Reader’s Annotation: An interviewer is hired to write about the zombie apocalypse, he interviews various people involved in the zombie wars.

Plot Summary:

An man hired to write about the zombie outbreak that had occurred, and interviews various people from around the world about their roles during the outbreak. It begins in China, and spread around the world. Many countries did not believe the zombie apocalypse was starting so they didn’t do anything to protect themselves or to try and stop it. By the time they realized the importance of protecting themselves, the zombies had taken over. Those that are being interviewed explain how the apocalypse was eventually stopped.

Critical Evaluation:

I really enjoyed this audio book! The story itself is really good but I do think the audio book really captures the story. The interviews are told by various different people, and the audio book has an ensemble cast. This allows the reader to hear the stories told in various perspectives and different voices. I think teens will like this book although it is considered adult because it is interesting and features zombies!

Author Bio/ Information:

“Max Brooks is The New York Times bestselling author of The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z. He has been called ‘the Studs Terkel of zombie journalism.’

Brooks is the son of director Mel Brooks and the late actress Anne Bancroft. He is a 1994 graduate of Pitzer College. His wife, Michelle, is a screenwriter, and the couple have a son, Henry” (“Max Brooks”, n.d.).

Ties to Curriculum Units: N/A

Booktalking Ideas:

How should the government have prepared when they first heard of the zombie outbreak?

Challenging Issues:

I don’t see any major challenge issues with this book. It does feature zombies and violence, but it is not over the top. It also features strong language, and I will explain that it is an adult book that can be read by teens.