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Zone One: A Novel - Colson Whitehead
Zone One: A Novel
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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... show more
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.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780385528078 (0385528078)
ASIN: 0385528078
Publisher: Doubleday
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
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Autumn Lupin Books
Autumn Lupin Books rated it
3.0 Zone One: A Novel
2.5 Stars. What a rough go. This was 259 pages of literal hell for me. Is it the prose that I disliked so much or is it just my deep dislike of the concept of zombies that made this read lengthy and just plain awful? We will never know. But I will not count his writings out just yet. I will give him...
Inside a Dog
Inside a Dog rated it
5.0 Zone One: A Novel
I was never a huge fan of zombie movies even when I was more into horror movies, so I approached this novel with a little bit of a misgiving. The author is brilliant and I've loved everything else I've read by him, so that gave me less reason to worry.This is a great book and zombies are really only...
willemite
willemite rated it
Start spreading the news. I’m leaving today There is a lot to sink your teeth into in the latest book from MacArthur Genius grantee Colson Whitehead. The nation has pretty much collapsed, with the implication that things are no better elsewhere in the world. But there is still some hope. A provisio...
Quite the Wondering Selection
Quite the Wondering Selection rated it
2.0 Zone One: A Novel
Ok book on zombies. Interesting to have first person view as they clean out Zone 1 (NYC). Although the author likes to use big words and complex phrases, making the narrative almost unreadable at times.
Leah's Bookshelf
Leah's Bookshelf rated it
4.0 Zone One by Colson Whitehead
Rating: 4 of 5 Zone One is a perfect example of "literary horror." I love stories that dig under the surface of horrific events, like a zombie apocalypse, to show me not just the physicality (running for their life) of the situation but also the emotionality (why they're running, what they're real...
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