Friday, September 21, 2012

The Infects by Sean Beaudoin

It’s Zombie time! Welcome to The Infects by Sean Beaudoin. It hits shelves on September 25, 2012.

The Story- Nick lives with his good for nothing dad and his younger, but autisticish sister Amanda. To earn a living he works at the town’s chicken plant, butchering meat. A job his father previously held before retiring.

Nick gets into trouble and is sentenced by the court to a stay at a teenage mountain camp. On the way there things get strange. By the time Nick, now nicknamed Nero, wakes up on the mountain, his camp counselors are eating each other. Running deeper into the woods with other teenage survivors, Nick/Nero soon learns that more than just his counselors are after him, and there is little hope.

(SPOILERS) Just when things seem to be over, men in hazmat suits show up and rescue Nick/Nero, the remaining teenagers and the zombies. That’s right, the zombies. Nick/Nero is taken to a secret lab where the zombies are turned back into humans, minus several body parts, and Nick’s girlfriend is held prisoner for her blood. Is the government involved? Is the world coming to an end? Who can Nick trust?

My Thoughts- Now this is what a zombie book should be- tension, gore and running. The first chapter of the book is a faux beginning, which got an A+ in my world. Great opener. Then as the story continues, you just can’t help but wonder, what the heck is going on? But there is no time to answer, because the chase is quick. The reader thinks everything is over when Bam! The author throws a curve ball and there are still 100 pages left and a new plot point.

(Spoiler) I was unsure about the voice Nick hears in his head- “The Rock”. Though funny, I just didn’t get how it got there in the first place. Nick decides it was his dad- huh? His dad is a loser. And then there is the ending. Can’t say I agree with the choice Nick makes, the world isn’t that bad. Fighting the conspiracy seems more promising, but I guess teenagers make drastic choices. It does set things up for a second book, if that is the intention.

A fun loving zombie book full of action, conspiracy and suspense.