Zone One

Zone One

by Colson Whitehead
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Zone One by Colson Whitehead

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385535014
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/18/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 111,654
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Colson Whitehead is the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Underground Railroad. His other works include The Noble HustleZone OneSag HarborThe IntuitionistJohn Henry DaysApex Hides the Hurt, and one collection of essays, The Colossus of New York. A National Book Award winner and a recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, he lives in New York City.


Brooklyn, NY

Date of Birth:

November 6, 1969

Place of Birth:

New York, NY


Harvard College, BA in English & American Literature

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Zone One 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 106 reviews.
jrlabwalker More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very long winded and uninspired. I understand the need for background material but it seems to me the author got lost in detailing everything he saw as a remembrance of things past. I read fiction to escape and have experiences for the thrill of it, there was little escapism. The cerebral prose presented here seems to be more about the author being verbose and intellectual pursuits. I couldn't wait to get to the end of this book so I could read something else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like zombies and I like literatire, so why didnt I like this book?? Too slow, no real plot, flat characters and a somewhat pretentious writing style. Colson can write absolutely beautiful passages but the beauty gets bogged down and overdone. Reminds me a little bit of Tim Gunn telling Project Runway contestants to "edit, edit, edit" their work. Sadly even editing his excess wording wouldnt have been able to save this novel.. I'm giving up after reading the first third.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can tell the author is a good writer, but the story kind of meanders nowhere There are awesome passages that lead to nothing I'd buy it on nook for four bucks but NOT 12. Disappointing, it could have been awesome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am only on page 34, but just cannot find the energy to go any further. The author drones on and on in this wandering stream of conscience prose that doesn't seem to ever end or even push you forward. Then it is like he snaps out of it and writes a couple of paragraphs of plot, but quickly falls back into poinless ramblings. I sure wish I had read these other warning reviews before spending money. Lesson learned!
LeHeretic More than 1 year ago
I am usually open to nearly any work of fiction. However, I could not get past the forced over-complication of this book. The author obviously made every attempt to prove that he not only owns a thesaurus, but also knows how to use it. Good luck trying to read this self-righteous drivel.  
VZDan More than 1 year ago
The writing style is an easy read, unfortunately the story isn't. I normally finish every book I start and I have trudged through some bad books, but the plot is so far completely fuzzy. There is no real fade in and out of flashbacks, the story is somewhat uninspired and painstakingly slow. If you are just interested in a study of of humanities thoughts during an epidemic then this is the book for you. If you are looking for an engrossing edge of your seat page turner then look somewhere else.
EHendu More than 1 year ago
While the pacing of the book is a bit drawn out at times it serves to make the actual zombie encounters that much more jarring and intense. Anyone looking for a "hack and slash", constant gore fest should look elsewhere. Otherwise, the genre can only be improved with stories such as Zone One.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased Zone One after an interview with the author on NPR and was sadly disappointed. It was incredibly descriptive creating a grim image appropriate for the story but I felt like the author jumped around too much in the story without providing transitions. I was glad when it was over. However, the last 30 pages were nail-biting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this was an extremely difficult book to read. the author constantly leaves the plotline to discuss tangential issues and character traits abouut the lead. About 100 pages in or so I finally had to stop reading it because it was just going nowhere. Nearly zero zombie action - so if you are fan of this genre - this book will disappoint you.
Wordslave77 More than 1 year ago
Is Zone One Colson Whitehead's highly literate, stylistic take on the zombie genre? Well, yes. But Zone One is also a study on the memories, experiences, things, and culture that hold us together, and a frightening evaluation of what happens when it all falls apart. Whitehead's everyman protagonist tries to survive in a world threatened by "the dead" and to go forward with hope in the new society's Reconstruction. Yet he's constantly losing himself in the past, to what once was, to the world everyone lost on "Last Night." Whitehead's first novel The Intuitionist is one of my favorites because of its writing style. Happy to say I was not disappointed with Zone One!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slogging through this book was almost painful. Like others commented before, the writer comes off as snobbish and boring. By the end of the book I was so over the fact that the main character was "exceptionally average"... mostly because I didn't care about any single character to begin with. Terrible read.
lowellbaseball More than 1 year ago
I kind of feel bad for the author. The book feels like he was attempting to write a serious piece. Unfortunately, when your subject matter is zombies, any true literary attempt comes across as ironic. I think the author is quite capable of writing a great work--he just forgot that zombies are supposed to be fun fluff.
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So slow, and it really doesnt get any better. I had really high hopes in the begining, he really could have taken the story in so many different directions amnd made it exciting....but no, he didnt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very odd. Some interesting things for consideration and thought, but it got harder to push through and finally jumped over a lot just to see how it ended.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book is 229 pages long and as of page 91, nothing has happened that would keep me reading. Crappy story. Details that have NOTHING TO DO with zombies. Plenty about wallpaper, trees, etc. After I post this I'm deleteing the book and won't waste another moment of my time
gbean69 More than 1 year ago
I didn't even read the book I read the excerpt and that was just about all I needed to let me know I had no intention of paying $11.99 for this book. the excerpt lacked personality and it did not leave me wanting more thank you for all those people that reviewed this book it confirmed my suspicionsn
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Too much BABBEL, I just wanted the author to get to the point. Don't tell me what type of wall paper was pealing off the wall and what year it was created and who the manufactured it. I had to force myself to finish reading the book. I will now never read a ZOMBIE book again because of this book. Thank heavens for AMC's WALKING DEAD.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot and the characters were too flat to make this a memorable or enjoyable story. I wanted to like it but it was only a page turner in the sense that I was anxious to finish it to move on to a more satisfying read.
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