This month, the Afrofuturism Book Club is reading Pulitzer Prize winner Colson Whitehead’s Zone One, an apocalyptic story with zombies and a virus.
The novel is set chiefly in Manhattan, some time after a plague has turned a majority of the world’s population into zombies (or, as Whitehead calls them, “skels,” short for “skeletons”). Skels are of two kinds. They’re either dozily rabid predators reduced to a monolithic imperative — eat living flesh — or they’re “stragglers,” harmless catatonics piteously stuck at their former posts. Geographically, “Zone One” is everything south of Canal Street, a barriered region largely cleared of the undead by the military. (New York Times)
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