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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

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.

Scarlett Indigo ,

Overwritten but thought provoking

Post apocalyptic fan here. But zombie fiction not my cup of tea. Downloaded Zone One after listening to an interview with the author on NPR. Sounded very personable. Zone One is somewhat autobiographical - intriguing how he threaded pieces of his own story into the book. Its exploration of PASD - how an apocalypse would impact survivors psychologically - renders Zone One worth the read. It ends on a shard of hope - nice.
BUT the books debit? Heinously overwritten.

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