The compilation of accounts in World War Z brings out the idea of strong interconnections among peoples and places. In dealing with pressing global issues these interconnections then translate to greater power to defeat a common enemy. In his book, World War Z, Max Brooks details a variety of cases and experiences that took place during the zombie war. In drawing a connection between different regions Brooks also highlights the similarities that exist among people engaging in battles. Lastly, Brooks also creates a common vision, whether that be in the experience of fighting against zombies or in the understanding that there was a war uniting humans across the globe. Furthermore, the idea of an enveloping mission is similar to that found in the book Ender’s Game, where one sole outlook accelerates the group’s actions towards winning.
The usage of interviews allows readers to catch a glimpse of testimony otherwise not included in written documentation. Moreover, in Max Brooks World War Z, a compilation of stories adds an increased sense of participation for the readers. Indeed when reading about direct contact with zombies, it’s not difficult to picture the scenes of extreme action. In one of the interviews from Gavin Blaire, for example, we learn more about the military strategies that he used in the zombie war. He claims:
“That was another thing they taught us at Willow Creek: don’t write their eulogy, don’t try to imagine who they used to be, how they came to be here, how they came to be this.” (221)
Through his capacity as a Raptor driver, Blaire had first-hand experience with the calamities of war. In particular, he specifies that his crew was lost in one of his last battles. Additionally, the accounts of the war in individual forms help readers grasp the immensity of the zombie war.
In Ender’s Game as in World War Z, there exists a shared mission which allows all participants to have a stated position against the enemy (though for Ender it is not initially the case). The idea of going against an enemy brings all trainees together, it pushes them to work harder in order to be better prepared to fight the war against the buggers. In Brooks book the same can be said except that all involved are preoccupied with survival first and foremost. Even so, characters in World War Z are both driven by an increased interest in saving themselves as much as to saving the rest of humanity.
By using a shared platform, that is where common experiences can be expressed and diffused, the books World War Z and Ender’s Game provide examples of how the power of the collective leads to triumphant outcomes. In Ender’s Game, for instance, the fighting of children and adults is symbolic of the accumulation of power. Ender alone could not have defeated the buggers, it took more collaboration from his colleagues to effectively end the battle with the Queen and her community. Max Brooks adds a similar element to his book due mostly to the tying together of a vision or common experience in the war.