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Tibet is freed from Chinese rule, which in turn becomes a democracy as well, and hosts Lhasa as the world's most populated city.
Following a religious revolution, Russia is now an expansionist theocracy and adopts a repopulation programme. North Korea is completely empty, with the entire population presumed to have disappeared into underground bunkers or been wiped out in the outbreak. Iceland has been depopulated and remains the world's most heavily infested country. The situation in the British Isles is not entirely clear in the novel. The Pope and members of the British Royal Family had fled to Ireland specifically Armagh and the Isle of Man , following the military retreat to the Antonine Wall , and now exports oil from a reserve under Windsor Castle where the Queen held out for the war's duration, refusing to flee with her relatives.
In France, the Palace of Versailles was the site of a massacre and has been burned to the ground; military losses were particularly high clearing the catacombs underneath Paris , because the catacombs housed nearly a quarter of a million refugees during the early stages of the war, all of whom became zombies.
The Israelis and Palestinians have made peace, and the former occupied territories have been renamed " Unified Palestine ". Several countries are described as having revised borders due to the "dumping" of convicts into infected zones; these convicts rose to command "powerful fiefdoms" that later became independent states.
A so-called "Pacific Continent" appears to encompass previously uninhabited islands as well as ships rendered immobile due to lack of fuel after the Saudi Royal Family have destroyed the oil fields in Saudi Arabia. The United Nations fields a large military force to eliminate the remaining zombies from overrun areas, defeat hordes that surface from the ocean floor, and kill frozen zombies before they thaw.
Life on Earth is hinted at being brought to near extinction. Development[ edit ] Brooks designed World War Z to follow the "laws" set up in his earlier work, The Zombie Survival Guide , and explained that the guide may exist in the novel's fictional universe. It is said that the undead contain a black, foul pus-like liquid instead of blood.
Decomposition will eventually set in, but this process takes longer than for an uninfected body and can be slowed even further by effects such as freezing. Although zombies do not tire and are as strong as the humans they infect though they appear to be slightly stronger due to lack of normal restraint , they are slow-moving and are incapable of planning or cooperation in their attacks.
Zombies usually reveal their presence by moaning. I read it when I was a teenager and it's sat with me ever since.
Romero as an influence and criticized the Return of the Living Dead films: "They cheapen zombies, make them silly and campy. The technology, politics, economics, culture, and military tactics were based on a variety of reference books and consultations with expert sources. Many US characters blame the United States' inability to counter the zombie threat on low confidence in their government due to conflicts in the Middle East.
For example, one character in the novel tries to justify lying about the zombie outbreak to avoid widespread panic, while at the same time failing to develop a solution for fear of arousing public ire. I wanted to combat that in World War Z and maybe give my fellow Americans a window into the political and cultural workings of other nations. Yes, in World War Z some nations come out as winners and some as losers, but isn't that the case in real life as well?
I wanted to base my stories on the historical actions of the countries in question, and if it offends some individuals, then maybe they should reexamine their own nation's history.
Several interviews, especially those from the United States, focus on policy changes designed to train the surviving US population to fight the zombies and rebuild the country. The ultra-rich hide in their homes, which had been turned into fortified compounds, when they were overwhelmed by others trying to get in, it became a mass slaughter.
Throughout the novel, characters demonstrate the physical and mental requirements needed to survive a disaster. Released in , it left an indelible mark on horror films and started the hugely popular sub-genre of the zombie movie.
The 70s saw Romero's undulating undead multiply in the form of a sequel, Dawn of the Dead , as well as some wanna-be rip-offs. Then the 80s drove the zombies underground as the stars of many a pulp film Evil Dead , anyone? With the exception of the Resident Evil revisiting-the-entire-resident-evil-series video game series, the 90s were simply an awful time to be a zombie.
Although, to be fair, the 90s were a pretty awful time to be living, dead, or undead. Then the new millennium hit, and a lightning bolt of rekindled interest resurrected the ghoulish gourmets from their pulpy graves.
The video game cup runneth over with the cannibalistic corpses. Movies such as Shaun of the Dead , 28 Days Later , and the remake of Dawn of the Dead returned the long dormant zombie movie to its former glory and then raised it to new heights.
And like voodoo priests, writers began bringing the deadheads to haunt the pages of literature. Enter Max Brooks.
Max Brooks's first foray into zombie literature was The Zombie Survival Guide , a practical how-to guide that kept doomsday preppers dog-earring pages into the wee morning hours. In , Brooks gave us the current magnum opus of zombie literature, World War Z. The novel recounts the story of the zombie wars from the perspective of those who fought it and tells these tales in a series of vignettes written in an interview style, much like Studs Terkel's The Good War.
Creepy but fascinating. This is action-packed social-political satire with a global view.
It is gripping reading and a scathing indictment of weak responses to crises real and over-hyped. Brooks has delivered a full-blown horror novel, laced with sharp social and political observations and loads of macabre, gruesome imagery. The real horror of World War Z comes from the all-too-plausible responses of human beings and governments to the menace. Far more affecting than anything involving zombies really has any right to be. The book. World War Z continues that legacy.