ZONE ONE by Colson Whitehead plays on the archetype of apocalyptic zombie literature. The unnamed protagonist is known as Mark Spitz, because he is afraid to swim. He is a sweeper, someone assigned by the pseudo-government in Buffalo to destroy any zombie AKA skel or catatonic victim AKA straggler of the plague that has destroyed civilization.
In DAWN OF THE DREADFULS, Steve Hockensmith takes Jane Austen’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and adds a generous helping of dry humor and zombies. What’s not to love? Here are the first two lines, which promise much more fun to come: