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Horror Book Club: Zone One by Colson Whitehead

*Sorry for not posting sooner--Meetup was down. If March 30 no longer works for the majority, let me know!*

Our March Book Club read is Zone One by Colson Whitehead.

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 rebuilding civilization under orders from the provisional government 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 working 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 with the fallen world. 

And then things start to go wrong. 


We will be meeting up March 30 at 4pm at Tricia's house in Sacramento (address will be sent out 24 hours before event). Refreshments (coffee, tea, croissants) will be provided. Hope to see you there!

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  • Mashariki

    I vote for splitting up the volumes. Maybe read Vol 1-3 for the next book club meetup in May/June? Also, I saw that on Amazon.com each volume is available in a Kindle edition for $4.99 each. I am open to reading all six volumes if more people would prefer it. :-)

    1 · March 31, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Let's do 1-6. Since we have almost 2 months to finish, and the book is short stories. It shouldn't be too onerous.

      1 · April 5, 2014

    • Tricia

      Alrighty! I'll get it on the schedule. :)

      April 6, 2014

  • Amy

    Did everybody like the book?

    2 · March 30, 2014

    • Diana D.

      I did, but I'm still confused (or in denial) about the ending. It wasn't an easy read.

      1 · March 31, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      The ending saved it for me too.

      1 · April 1, 2014

  • Mashariki

    I had a great time with you ladies! Wonderful, lively discussion on the book, plus, music and television shows. Looking forward to the next book!

    2 · March 30, 2014

    • Tricia

      It was great meeting you and commiserating about Wash's untimely end. :) See you at Oculus!

      1 · March 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      It was nice meeting you, Mashariki.

      April 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am good with whatever you ebook folks decide, since I already have the book.

    1 · March 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So fun! Sorry I had to leave early? What are we reading next month?

    1 · March 30, 2014

    • Tricia

      We decided on The Books of Blood by Clive Barker (Vol 1-6--but we may be splitting that up, depending on group feedback). Our next book club meet up will be in May. It was great seeing you Elsa!

      2 · March 30, 2014

  • Tricia

    If anyone else missed the email I sent out yesterday with my address, text me at[masked]-1237. I always send out the address the day before, but depending on your email provider/settings, Meetup emails sometimes go to spam.

    March 30, 2014

  • Mashariki

    I haven't received the event address yet. Or will it be posted here?

    1 · March 30, 2014

    • Tricia

      Emailing it to you now, Mashariki! I sent it out to everyone yesterday...it may have gone to your spam.

      March 30, 2014

  • Diana D.

    Please count me as a maybe. I'm going out of town for the weekend, and might not make it back in time.

    1 · March 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Everybody come with a suggestion for next month's book. I'm thinking Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer might be interesting.
    http://www.amazon.com/Annihilation-Novel-Southern-Reach-Trilogy/dp/0374104093

    2 · March 25, 2014

  • Mashariki

    The 30th still works for me. I'm about a third of the way through the book. Hoping some more action pops up soon!

    1 · March 22, 2014

  • Amy

    I started the book and couldn't get into it. :-(

    March 21, 2014

  • Dawn

    Sorry to miss it! I will be out of town. :-(

    March 14, 2014

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