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Publisher Description

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad

A pandemic has devastated the planet, sorting humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead. 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.

Fiction & Literature
October 18
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

JayLando ,


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.

G8rchk ,


I couldn’t put it down!

NorCal Neil ,

Ready to read it again

I waited anxiously for the book to be released, and read it immediately. Now that several months have passed, I'm getting the urge to read it again---it's that good.

Yeah, it helps being a fan of the zombie of genre, and a New Yorker living in the neighborhood where most of the book takes place (I suppose I'm horribly biased), but really it's the combination of a horror story with fantastic writing, that makes it so readable and enjoyable.

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