World War Z (Max Brooks, $9 on Amazon) is one of my favorite books. It was the first book I read after my mother’s death.
You are probably thinking that a zombie horror novel is pretty dark read after such a tragedy, but I found the book to be comforting.
Mass media often depicts zombies in a gore-fest drenched in blood. From The Walking Dead to George Romero’s Living Dead movies, the apocalypse is typically portrayed with a lot of bite and blood, grimness and gore.
Z, on the other hand, examines how humanity copes with a zombie outbreak. The book is woven with the first person narratives of doctors, leaders, military people and other survivors of the crisis. There is not a lot much gore or horror. The main theme of organized civilization banding together to survive a horrific period gave me hope in the immediate days of my own personal loss.
A few weeks ago I downloaded the audio version of World War Z from Audible. It was a highly enjoyable listen during my work commute. The book was not simply read; it was acted by a full cast that included Alan Alda and Mark Hamill. The voices were filled with passion and emotion. The audio version won an Audie award in 2007 and it remains popular with listeners.
If you are a fan of the book, I highly recommend the audio version.