The “history” is told through a series of interviews with people who dealt with the war in some capacity be it they invented a “vaccine”, were policy makers, soldiers in the middle of the conflict, civilians who resorted to horrible things to survive, to medical professionals who saw it start and even infected people. Sometimes our interviewer asks a lot of questions and pushes for more information, sometimes he sits back in silence and lets the people tell their story in their own way.
The interviewer is our only constant character and we know so little about him. But we know he’s intelligent and he has a sense of morals since he has this tone of distaste when questioning those who have done things that are wrong and have no remorse.
Brooks does amazing to juggle so many different voices. Each new interviewee is unique, and I might be an odd person but I could picture each person as someone different, right down to their accent and speech patterns.
It is a little repetitive, of course it’s going to be like that at times, lots of discussion about escaping zombies. He combats that with showing the horror of humans when there is something to profit from or there is no hope, and shows the mental scars that appear in different ways on people. That’s one of the scary things.
The other scary thing is how realistic the human response is to a global war. Governments fumble and don’t want to spend money, experts suggest hash solutions, and the ordinary person is kept in the dark for so long that they have not been able to prepare and save themselves when the shit finally hits the fan and they’re in the middle of it wondering how any of this could be real. If you ignore the zombie aspect, it could be describing any major disaster, war, or disease.
And the simple thing is if something happens IRL we’re essentially screwed.
Zombies. We have read a lot of different stories, watched films and television series’, and have cosplayed as them in public. In this they’re the usual slow moving after one thing monsters. Nothing too exciting about them. They’re a supporting cast to the rest of the characters. Necessary to have the story but that’s it, not very interesting. No new things to look out for about them.
I really liked this. Like, really, really liked. So much so that it took me ages to read because I didn’t want to slip into mental exhaustion and end up skim reading when I really wanted to know all of the details. Really, I didn’t want to become a zombie while reading.