I read World War Z after first watching the movie and while the basic plot is similar, there isn’t much overlap between the two. The book is an “oral history” of the Zombie wars in the spirit of Study Terkel’s The Good War: each chapter is told in the first-person by a different survivor. I was surprised at how well this works and really enjoyed the first third of the book where each new narrator seemed original, authentic, and moved the plot along.

For some reason by the halfway point the novelty war off a bit: maybe I was just zombied-out at that point. I still read the rest of the book but without the same passion for it. I think ultimately it’s quite tough to do a full book-length novel in this style.