Sunday, May 31

Book Review: The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead

Title: The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead

Author: Max Brooks

Pages: 247 (plus some pages to record your own experiences/journals entries of the fight against the Zombies!)

Summary: Top 10 Lessons for Surviving a Zombie Attack

1. Organize before they rise!
2. They feel no fear, why should you?
3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
4. Blades don’t need reloading.
5. Idea protection = tight clothes, short hair.
6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
7. Get out of the car, get onto a bike.
8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quite, keep alert!
9. No place is safe, only safer.
10. The Zombie may be gone, but the treat loves on.

Don’t be carefree and foolish with your most precious asset - life. This book is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now without you even knowing it. The Zombie Survival Guide offers complete protection through trusted, proven tips for safeguarding yourself and your loved ones against the living dead. It is a book that can save your life.

My Rating: 8.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This book was very entertaining to say the least, not to mention, prepared me for the Zombie attack. Which we all know is coming, but pretend it isn’t!

Overall Max Brooks does a fantastic job with this satire book of survival, “preparing” the readers against Zombie attacks with helpful survival tips. From choosing your weapons, to finding the perfect place for a hide out, Brooks explains it to you, ensuring you realize how horrible and serious the zombie threat is.

I found his style of writing to be well done, he had a great tone throughout the book, making it easy to read and follow, and not at all boring for a “survival guide” and he has a good sense of humour in his writing as well. I’ve never been big on Zombies, but Max Brooks has changed that for me, I will definitely check out his other books on Zombies to see what they’re liked.

The only thing I didn’t like is, I’m just not that into Zombies, funny and I couldn’t put it down, but Zombies aren’t my most favourite Sci-Fi/Fantasy horror monster or creature. I’m more of human/wizard vampire and the occasional Werewolf (Lupin!) person. But for those who aren’t interested in Zombies, like my self, this was a great way to be introduced.

Great book on the humour side, and if zombie attack ever happens, then I will be prepared to fight.

Warning: Please don’t destroy your stairs unless zombies are actually attacking. Because then your stuck upstairs (although if you have food, water, books, coffee, computer and internet connection, a comfy chair, bed, blankets clothes and a few more little items here and there, by all means. You’re set! Read your way through an attack!)

Would I recommend it to read: Oh Yes! It is essential you read this! This is a threat, and it may be a matter of life and death. This is no vampire you stake in the heart, or manages to get a soul and/or redeems himself some way. These are zombies! They hunt until they destroy! Watch out!

Alright, in all seriousness, this is a great book for a good laugh. Great for a rainy/cold day or just an amusing read. I'd recommend the book to anyone who likes zombies, satire/humour books etc.

What to read next: Survival Guides, Manuals, How-to books, cook books. Anything to prepare you! Or more books about Zombies or by Max Brooks.

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, A - Z Challenge, New Author Challenge, RYOB Challenge


  1. I love the title of this book. I probably would have passed it up (zombies aren't my favorites either) after giggling at the title, but after your review, I'll add it to my list.


  2. My cousin gave this to me for my birthday last year and I loved it!

  3. This sounds like a laugh! Thanks for the review.

  4. This book sounds like a lot of fun! I have not read much zombie lit, but maybe this would be the best place to start. Are you also planning on reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? If you do, I would be interested to hear what you think of it.

  5. Originally I wasn't planing on reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but I had a lot of fun reading this book, so I think I may give it a shot. I'll let you know when I read it.