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Zone One by Colson Whitehead
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Aug 24, 11

bookshelves: 2011, fiction
Read from June 30 to August 03, 2011

Let me preface this review by saying that Colson Whitehead can do no wrong in my mind. At least when it comes to writing books, I don't know about his personal life. One thing that I love about his writing is that he has a way of making you believe that every word is true by placing outlandish scenarios in an everyday context. Whether it is elevator repair in The Intuitionist, advertising in Apex Hides the Hurt, or freelance writing in John Henry Days, I hung on every word as gospel.

In Zone One, Whitehead tackles the aftermath of an event that has turned the majority of the population into zombies. Unlike other books or movies that focus on the cause and gore and escape from these creatures, he instead chooses to chronicle the machinations involved in bouncing back from such a thing. Mark Spitz (not his real name) is a civilian volunteer for a sweeper unit tasked with cleaning out the zombie stragglers in Manhattan after the military has dealt with the bulk of the infected. We follow Spitz and his team over the course of three days as they go through the motions of their unusual task.

What I loved most about Zone One is the attention to detail given to things that I doubt other "zombie apocalypse" books miss. Like, what would you miss from your old life? What songs would you like to hear again? What food do you miss eating? Whitehead's attention to these kind of details are why I am a huge fan.

Sidenote: In July while reading the book, I tweeted that Colson Whitehead is the only author for whom I will read a book about zombies. And he replied:

colson whitehead
@mshoni I wrote it for you!
*literary swoon*
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message 1: by Jonii (new) - added it

Jonii I loved The Intuitionist so I'm really, really interested in his take on zombies. Is it good so far?

message 2: by Katrina (new) - added it

Katrina Awsome!

message 3: by Linda (new)

Linda Boyd Toni is Zone One Colson Whitehead's new book? I have not read him yet, but I have his book Sag Harbor. Have you read other books by him???

message 4: by Maegen (new) - added it

Maegen nice review! he can do no wrong for me either and i love following him on twitter.

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