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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 rebuild-ing civilization under orders from the provisional govern-ment 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 work-ing 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 w
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The most chilling, witty and downright beautifully written Zombie novel you'll ever read.

About the Author

Colson Whitehead is the author of four previous novels, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt and Sag Harbor, as well as The Colossus of New York, a collection of essays. He is the recipient of numerous awards and has frequently hit the American bestseller lists. He lives in New York. Web- www.colsonwhitehead.com witter- @colsonwhitehead

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"A dark futuristic satire laced with fiendish humour" * The Times * "Exhilarating, heartbreaking" -- Stuart Kelly * Scotland on Sunday * "Profoundly thoughtful... Zone One is a dark mirror, to be sure, but there is no doubt it is our own age that is being scrutinised here" * New Statesman * "A zombie story with brains... Whitehead can spin gore into macabre poetry" * Washington Post * "As satirical and gut-wrenchingly emotional as it is horrific, Zone One is the zombie tale at its literary best" * SciFi Now * "A cool, thoughtful and, for all its ludic violence, strangely tender novel" * New York Times Book Review * "Punchy cocktail of horror, comedy and social critique" * Metro * "Often simultaneously arch and sombre, Whitehead's narrative flares with a sociological intelligence" -- Benjamin Evans * Daily Telegraph *

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