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Science Fiction | Horror
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
rebuildÂing civilization under orders from the provisional
governÂment based in Buffalo. Their top mission: the
resettlement of Manhattan. Armed forces have successfully
reclaimed the island south of Canal Streetâ€”aka Zone Oneâ€”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 varietyâ€”the â€śmalfunctioningâ€ť stragglers, who exist
in a catatonic state, transfixed by their former lives.
Mark Spitz is a member of one of the civilian teams workÂing
in lower Manhattan. Alternating between flashbacks of
Spitzâ€™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
And then things start to go wrong.
Both spine chilling and playfully cerebral, Zone One
brilÂliantly subverts the genreâ€™s conventions and
deconstructs the zombie myth for the twenty-first century.
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