Thursday, 27 March 2014

Lit Nit Wit: Lord of the Flies & World War Z

I rejoined my local Library recently. I'm glad I did. I've been a member of a library nearly always since I was about 7. I had just finished Half a Yellow Sun and I'm trying to become a person that reads before bed and has the laptop and phone off since 10, I'm not doing that all the time yet but I am getting there.

I was walking around and  Spotted Lord of the Flies and World in short time. Lord of the Flies is a story a lot of people have heard of and is one of those books you have to read before you die (I love those lists ).

I picked up World War Z cause I have heard of the film starring Brad Pitt  ( even though they are very different stories) and I do love The Walking Dead and Zombies Run so I thought I'd more than likely like the book too.

Lord of the flies was written by William Golding in 1954 and tells the story of a group of young boys, the eldest being 16 who are stranded on a deserted island with no adults after a plane crash. They elect a leader who tries to make sure they have food and shelter and a fire lit at all times to attract attention, but with the talk of an atomic bomb before the crash is there even anyone to save them?  The younger children start to have nightmares about a mysterious creature that only comes out at night, but only the very young boys. Themes such  power struggles and the use of fear to control people struck me the most. The language was a bit aged ( 50's english slang is used throughout) but that was my biggest problem with the book. I think this book would really only appeal to a small amount of people but I do like saying I have read it.

World War Z is a book based after the Zombie war has been fought and won by the humans. The book is a series of interviews undertaken by a journalist. He travels all over the world interviewing different survivors and specialists who survived the war as they recount the terror of the total war. It starts at the first spottings, how the infection travelled the world and progresses to how people attempted to survive in their different countries ( from the US to the Ukraine to India), to the warfare used to fight (it goes a bit too armyish for me but just for one interview which is at most 15 pages) to how the world started to fight back and where we are now. I thought this was a remarkable book really. I love seeing the human side of wars but to make up an entire fictitious war was amazing. The detail is remarkable and I really loved the story. It was interesting to see how the author invented how certain countries dealt with certain things and what people had to do to survive.

If I had to recommend one book over the other I would have to say World War Z, but both books were very interesting. Survival a common theme in both.

I started Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling ( I needed something completely different after those two book). I don't know how I feel about it yet but I will let ye know

What are you reading at the moment?