The Infects

The Infects

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, ©2012
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780763659479
0763659479
Branch Call Number: F BEA YA
Characteristics: 346 p. ; 22 cm.

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JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

I wouldn't have thought I'd ever really enjoy a zombie story; neither the necessary gruesome gore nor the necessary narrative/thematic inevitability of human annihilation hold much appeal for me and don't usually draw me in. But then I happened to love the movie Zombieland, and now this. What can I say? I'm a sucker for a wry, sarcastic, intelligent narrative voice, and that seems to be enough to make any story engaging for me.
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And while the ultimate message of Zombieland may resonate with me much more than the one in this book, I was pleased to find that it at least had one. It's meta enough to comment on other zombie books and movies and the social commentary they intend, but it does get around to having its own commentary as well. It has a brain.
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Most importantly, though, it has humor. Enough that I was constantly entertained. After all, "the world is terminally bored and we are just a people of insatiable appetites," so anything that can relieve the hunger--or at least distract from it--is something worth enjoying.

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