Zone One: A Novel: A Novel by Colson Whitehead

Zone One: A Novel: A Novel

byColson Whitehead

Kobo ebook | October 18, 2011

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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.

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Title:Zone One: A Novel: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 18, 2011Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385535015

ISBN - 13:9780385535014

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Zone One had me Zoning Out Being a connoisseur of Post-Apocalyptic novels, I was really looking forward to this one. However, I wasn't thrilled with it. I do enjoy the zombie genre, but I don't like the comedic ones, rather I prefer the more serious takes, so I assumed that I would love this one. Don't get me wrong, the writing was excellent, but it was just a little boring. Believe it or not, this was a very "literary zombie novel", although that may sound oxy-moronic. There was not much action in the novel, and I found it to be more a review of humanity's foibles rather than our fight for survival. I usually enjoy when books have flashbacks and build up to the character's situation, but this novel was a little confusing, bouncing from past to present and everything in between without any clear distinction. I did enjoy Mark Spitz's character, though.
Date published: 2014-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not your average zombie story Definitely not your average, action-packed zombie thriller, but it has its charm. More thoughtful, more cerebral, more poetic than most. I've read it twice, and it grows on me every time I revisit it. It is tragic and beautiful in its own way, sort of like watching an accident in slow motion.
Date published: 2013-03-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth the read This book was extremely slow, and confusing at the same time. The main character flips between past and present too often, making it difficult to understand what is actually happening. Being a post-apocalyptic book you would assume this to thrilling and action filled, however that was not the case at all. I literally struggled to get through this book.
Date published: 2012-08-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book too much back and forth between past and present can leave you wondering where you are.
Date published: 2012-07-20