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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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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.
- Category: Literary
- Published: Oct 18, 2011
- Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 336 Pages
- Language: English