Max Brooks – World War Z Audiobooktext
Definitely, zombie stories are popular these days! Riding on the success of “The Walking Dead”, a good bunch of authors have thus launched in recent years in the post-apocalyptic, some with success, others with a much more mixed result. If“World War Z Audiobook” Max Brooks’ is clearly part of this same dynamic, the originality of the narrative mode adopted by the author makes it a novel somewhat apart. the basic principle remains the same (the dead come back to life, transforming the entire earthly population into their pantry, thus plunging the whole world into the most complete chaos), except that this time we find ourselves ten years after the end of hostilities: the living have somehow managed to triumph over the dead and the world is gradually beginning to find some semblance of order, despite the trauma of war. The terror then gradually gives way to relief, then to questions: how did the “epidemic” spread? Why have governments taken so long to respond? How did we do in Europe, Asia, the United States? In order to answer all these questions, a journalist decides to collect the testimonies of survivors of the “Zth World War” from all over the world and who, each in turn, tell us their story, thus adding their piece to this vast and complex puzzle.
Although the novel left me with a very mixed feeling, I have to admit that the idea of a global preview is not without appeal. The action is thus not limited to the United States (the main setting for almost all the stories featuring a zombie apocalypse),Max Brooks making us for once discover the events from the point of view of Japan, of the India, Africa (although very little) or even Europe (with in particular a brief account of the resistances organized from medieval castles or forts like that of Fougère or even Adrien’s wall). Besides this variety of nations, there is also a great diversity of situations: have you ever wondered how the apocalypse would unfold on a small island like Cuba, or on a ship, or under the ocean, in the underground of Paris, in space …? The answers provided by Max Brooks testify to the fertility of his imagination, and will not fail to seduce fans of this type of story, used to more conventional clashes in urban areas. Another positive point: the possibility offered to the reader to have an overview of the conflict, not only from a geographical point of view, but also over time. The author traces the entire chronology of the war, from the first casualties to the first victories, including the mistake of most governments not to take the matter seriously, the long period of panic and death. exodus of population …
The novel is however far from being free from all flaws. the suspense, an essential element in this type of story, is notably totally absent here, since we already know that the protagonists interviewed got away with it. As for the constant accumulation of points of view, if it does indeed have its charm at the beginning, it ends up quickly boring the reader who never really has time to become attached to the characters who pass by at breakneck speed. This lack of empathy felt for the survivors ended up giving me the impression of skimming over this conflict without ever really understanding it or grasping the horror of it, and this despite the atrocity of certain scenes that often left me completely unmoved. marble. One of the other big criticisms that can be made concerns the choice of the people interviewed, because if the author was able to vary the points of view at the territorial level, it is not the same for his protagonists. Far too many interviews are particularly devoted to soldiers who often drown us in very technical terms related to armaments which do not add much to the story and end up becoming redundant. Civilian accounts are for their part rarer, and they are generally the most interesting, whether it is about this American family confronted with the rigors of the Far North or even these has-been starlets who, until the end. , try to play the celebrity card. The reader that I am also regrets the very low number of female points of view, yet again among the most striking.
With “World War Z Audiobook” Max Brooks stands out very clearly from his little comrades by offering us for once a very appreciable overview of the conflict. In my opinion, however, it is not a great novel, but rather “popcorn literature”: entertaining at the time, forgotten as soon as the last page is turned.