World War Z is not a manual. It isnâ€™t a list of useful tools, calibers, medicines, etc. It is a series of transcribed interviews of survivors of the plague.
Which means you are going to have to accept the authorâ€™s interpretation of speaking styles, perspectives and scenes. What you do get, however, is a series of scenes that are practically exercises in script-writing.
If you grew up reading in the old, pre-movie style, where the author spends pages setting the scene and describing what everyone wears, drinks, smokes and drives, this wonâ€™t be for you. But if you are attuned to the modern sensibility of â€śget to itâ€ť and want people in stressful situations, dealing with life and death, this will work for you.
What you wonâ€™t get is what your professor/teacher in English tried to get you to like in their choice of novels; the growth of a character over the arc of a novel.
Growth? Arc? This is a zombie apocalypse weâ€™re talking about. Survival. Life and undead. â€śGrowthâ€ť means surviving until tomorrow.
What I found interesting was not so much what was said or shown, but what wasnâ€™t: the woeful unpreparedness of officialdom, and the unwillingness of most to see what was happening before their eyes.
Which, I guess, is what makes us human, and not undead. That said, opinions are pretty strong on this one. You may want to read a few pages before you plunk down your cash. If in a few pages it doesnâ€™t click, move on. Otherwise, youâ€™ll have fun.