The four stories included tell the story of the zombie apocalypse that infected every nine out of ten people on the planet. The stories, interestingly enough, are in reverse chronological order, starting with ten years into the future, when the zombie plague is already subsiding and the few remaining walking undead do not possess the speed and agility to be a major threat. The surviving humans start reestablishing parts of the ruined civilization, the hopes are up, children are being born; what could go wrong? Well, it's a zombie story, take a wild guess :P
Zombie stories could be action oriented, fast paced; they could be even humorous. These ones are about people - our follies, our doubts, our dreams; or our ideas of right and wrong, as in the "White Fist". However, the story that resonated with me the most is the last one - "Flight 124." It's set right at the beginning of the infestation with an Air Thailand plane coming close to the landing in Los Angeles International and carrying on board what is probably patient Zero. Most of the story is a dialog between an air traffic control operator and his close friend, the pilot of the plane, who barricaded himself in the cockpit and relays to the ground what he sees on the monitors from the inside of the passenger area. The story shows how things can change from usual and comfortable in almost a blink of an eye and become an existential horror. If it were to happen to you, how would you react?
This book reads as if it were written by a fan of the zombie genre for the fellow fans. A good read that makes you think.