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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 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.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Overall not a bad tale. I would prefer a little more of a macro perspective and the ending was foreshadowed quite early. Worth a read even if you aren't a zombie fan.
Couldn't get into it.
Premise sounded promising. Lost me in the first 15 pages. Could not get going.
Worthy of four stars... I enjoyed it. I would have given it five but at times I stumbled through a sea of complicated vocabulary much akin to the sea of dead that appears throughout the story. At times I wanted to say, "OK, I get it! I get it! Enough already!" no need to describe and explain something or a minor detail in ten different ways... But at other times, his level of description works and I found myself delaying bedtime or chores just to finish the current daydream or backstory i was currently living.