Gory and sarcastic, The Infects has a slew of teenage zombie mayhem.
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’m going to start off this review my mentioning the cover which is awesome! It really grabs your attention. Love it!
The story itself is a fairly simple one with a few new twists on the zombies we all know and love. The first third of this book was a little slow going as we get to know the main character, Nick, aka Nero. It picks up though and gets some action packed fun when the zombies take center stage. The group of teenagers Nick finds himself with are very diversified. The humor is sarcastic with plays well the the teenage theme. Think zombie fighting Breakfast Club. There’s lots of great music, tv and movie references, some of which, are extremely funny. I loved the Silence of the Lambs reference. Some of the phrased used are inventive and funny as well – teen boys hoping to be “cougared to death”.
I would have liked the back story and reasoning behind the zombie infestation to have more depth. A little more thought to how it began and ended would have made a big difference. I didn’t really care for all the character nicknames as some were beyond a little cheesy.
All in all a good teen zombie read if you like to be a little grossed out and get a good chuckle or two.
This book was provided for review by Netgalley.