In this wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel, a pandemic has devastated the planet. The plague has sorted humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead.
Now the plague is receding, and Americans are busy rebuilding civilization under orders from the provisional government based in Buffalo. Their top mission: the resettlement of Manhattan. Armed forces have successfully reclaimed the island south of Canal Street—aka Zone One—but pockets of plague-ridden squatters remain. While the army has eliminated the most dangerous of the infected, teams of civilian volunteers are tasked with clearing out a more innocuous variety—the “malfunctioning” stragglers, who exist in a catatonic state, transfixed by their former lives.
Mark Spitz is a member of one of the civilian teams working in lower Manhattan. Alternating between flashbacks of Spitz’s desperate fight for survival during the worst of the outbreak and his present narrative, the novel unfolds over three surreal days, as it depicts the mundane mission of straggler removal, the rigors of Post-Apocalyptic Stress Disorder, and the impossible job of coming to grips with the fallen world.
And then things start to go wrong.
Both spine chilling and playfully cerebral, Zone One brilliantly subverts the genre’s conventions and deconstructs the zombie myth for the twenty-first century.
Wordy does not equal Eloquent
I'm sure this is a very intelligent and eventually entertaining story, but I just can't go forward with it any more. I've listened to the first hour and a half and only about 10 minutes of that is actual story - probably three of those are dialogue and the rest is description. Wordy description. Probably the wordiest descriptions I've ever read. I guess that worked for Dickens but this is a zombie novel. The author is clearly intelligent and I get the whole idea of 'classing up' the genre, but again - it's a zombie novel. Most people don't come to iTunes and choose a post-apocalyptic zombie genre because we feel like laboring through the writing styles of Faulkner or Tolstoy.
I know this is getting great reviews by critics and the literary bourgeoisie so don't go on this lowly prole's review alone. Read what's out there about this and know that if you're just looking for a fun escapist undead novel to dive into you might consider taking a pass on this one.
Don't waste your money
Extremely difficult to follow. Poor story line. Very limited zombie action. Seems more like a post apocalyptic book written by Shakespeare.
Tedious, not about zombies
I gave this book many tries but after a week of trying to get through it and thinking it will get better, I gave up on the second to the last chapter. What a disappointment!