If you are a fan of audiobooks, this is a masterwork. World War Z is an oral account of the zombie apocalypse told from the vantage points of military and civilian parties. It's expertly written by Max Brooks, who was able to craft a story best told in audio form. He wrangled top tier voice actors to fill each account. My nerd brain was overflowing with joy when the likes of Alan Alda, Bruce Boxleitner, Martin Scorsese, Simon Pegg, Masi Oka, and MARK HAMILL! started filling my ears with their amazingness. I'm not really a fan of zombie stories in general, but this book is so much more than that, and raises thoughtful questions and consequences to what the aftermath of another world war would bring. It asks how would society's structure change, who would be in power, and are the regulations and standards of practice in place today sufficient for our future survival. Alan Alda's chapter was one of my favorites, in which he portrays, the Director of Strategic Resources, tasked with getting the infrastructure of America reestablished. It highlights a point in the future where artisans and tradesmen become highly valued and in demand to physically rebuild what we had lost. Maybe my inner Luddite is showing on that one, but it's a great read. Also if you have not heard Max Brooks speak or haven't read his work, check him out. For those of you who don't know, he's Mel Brook's son, and is extremely talented.
My takeaway: We are an incredibly resourceful and resilient species, even if there are frightening and shady things on the horizon. And, everyone should be required to learn basic survival skills.