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Zone One by Colson Whitehead
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Sep 17, 12

Read in January, 2012

Zone One is one of Colson Whitehead's quieter novels - odd, because it's about a zombie invasion of New York. But so much of the hunt is stalking, waiting for the attack, reflecting on life and pushing possible impending death from the mind. All that business is portrayed with Whitehead's singular voice and pop-culture stylings. Whitehead's heroes typically emerge at a methodical pace with little fanfare, and the reveal of Mark Spitz' heart and driving force is perhaps the most gentle unfolding yet; appropriate for a character the narrator calls a solid B student - i.e., unremarkable. The sharp clatter of mental riffs winds down through the book as the intensity of the battle heats up and we are left in that groundless place with this unremarkable man who nonetheless is special for being someone we now know.

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