Saturday, January 26, 2013

Review: The Infects by Sean Beaudoin

The Infects
by Sean Beaudoin

Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook, audiobook
Pages: 384
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: September 25, 2012
Suggested tags: young adult, horror, zombies

From Goodreads:
"A feast for the brain, this gory and genuinely hilarious take on zombie culture simultaneously skewers, pays tribute to, and elevates the horror genre.

Seventeen-year-old Nero is stuck in the wilderness with a bunch of other juvenile delinquents on an “Inward Trek.” As if that weren’t bad enough, his counselors have turned into flesh-eating maniacs overnight and are now chowing down on his fellow miscreants. As in any classic monster flick worth its salted popcorn, plentiful carnage sends survivors rabbiting into the woods while the mindless horde of “infects” shambles, moans, and drools behind. Of course, these kids have seen zombie movies. They generate “Zombie Rules” almost as quickly as cheeky remarks, but attitude alone can’t keep the biters back.

Serving up a cast of irreverent, slightly twisted characters, an unexpected villain, and an ending you won’t see coming, here is a savvy tale that that’s a delight to read—whether you’re a rabid zombie fan or freshly bitten—and an incisive commentary on the evil that lurks within each of us.

{ I received this as an ebook ARC from NetGalley. }

This one was not for me. With bizarre plot twists, generic minor characters, and a writing style that was more off-putting than intriguing, this was actually a chore to get through. I gave it 2 stars because I did keep reading just see how strange it got, which I guess may have been the author's intention? I don't know.

On top of all that, there were major formatting issues in my ARC. (Seems like a lot of other ARC readers had this issue too.) Symbols and random letters would show up in the middle of words or in place of other letters; sometimes I could decipher it, but there were some words where I had absolutely no idea what was actually written. I'm sure none of this is an issue in the final version. But it did make it harder to read a book I was already not enjoying.

I'm sure there are lots of readers who would enjoy this book and the author's style (and the graphic zombie feasts). Unfortunately, I'm not one of them.

Overall rating: 2 out of 5 stars

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