‘Zone One’ by Colson Whitehead
Despite its elegant writing, Colson Whitehead’s zombie fiction, hampered by a bland hero, fails to soar
“Zone One’’ by Colson Whitehead is a zombie novel set over the course of three days in a crumbling, futuristic version of Manhattan. A plague has swept the world and extinguished life from the island; only pockets of soldiers and the odd survivor remain to bear witness to the city’s final days. Those infected by the plague turn into one of two kinds of monster: catatonic souls (’’stragglers’’) who drift about in stages of advanced rot but pose no threat to humans, on the one hand, and traditional gore-oozing, flesh-eating zombies on the other.