Zone One Zone One

Zone One

A Novel

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Publisher Description

NATIONAL BESTSELLER From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys: A pandemic has devastated the planet, sorting humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead. "One of the best books of the year." —Esquire

After the worst of the plague is over, armed forces stationed in Chinatown’s Fort Wonton have successfully reclaimed the island south of Canal Street—aka Zone One. Mark Spitz is a member of one of the three-person civilian sweeper units tasked with clearing lower Manhattan of the remaining feral zombies. Zone One unfolds over three surreal days in which Spitz is occupied with the mundane mission of straggler removal, the rigors of Post-Apocalyptic Stress Disorder (PASD), and the impossible task of coming to terms with a fallen world. And then things start to go terribly wrong…

At once a chilling horror story and a literary novel by a contemporary master, Zone One is a dazzling portrait of modern civilization in all its wretched, shambling glory.

Look for Colson Whitehead’s new novel, Crook Manifesto!

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2011
October 18
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
272
Pages
PUBLISHER
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
7.8
MB

Customer Reviews

JayLando ,

Bleak

Even for a post-apocalyptic tale I found this to be pretty miserable. It does not paint a positive picture of this potential future but it seems more disgusted by the way we live now.

None of that holds me back from saying I enjoyed the book... though "enjoy" tastes like the ash of incinerated undead on the tongue.

This book is all minutiae & banality until its grandiose conclusion. I really appreciate not feeling like I was being sold the TV or film pitch.

If you are a fan of genre or shoe gaze protagonist then I recommend this book.

kissdaddy ,

Beyond brilliant

Whitehead is an excellent writer and story teller. Some might call this a literary zombie tale. It is so much more. Beautifully written and constructed. It brought to my mind a saying of Stephen king’s...it is not the end of the book that’s important, but the journey to get there. Some complain about the dense writing style and intricate sentence structure. I’ll admit that I had to slow down my reading speed to truly comprehend the beauty in the prose. He coveys so much story with an economy of word choice and writing style. This man can write!

Foster forever ,

So Slow

I loved "The Underground Railroad" so I thought I'd give "Zone One" a try. It is a slow read and somewhat tedious. Not a lot of zombie action and it's hard to develop any feelings for the main character because there is no depth to him.

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