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Book Review: The Infects by Sean Beaudoin

Zombrule #4
Survival is for the ruthless.
Everyone else is a hippie poet.

Stuck in a wilderness camp for juvenile delinquents, our feckless hero Nick, aka Nero, thinks that things couldn’t possibly get worse. But since you shouldn’t tempt fate, they of course do – when everyone starts eating people.  That’s right, overnight half of the juvies have become flesh eating monsters – oops.  The best part? The reason that Nero is there in the first place might have something to do with it.  But fear not for these kids, they have seen the movies so they know the rules: cardio, barricade and what not.  But knowing the rules may not help, especially when those among you turn in your midst.

Fans of Zombieland can rejoice – this is a book for you.  The Infects is a fast paced zombie novel with bite, erm literally.  And in the midst of all the zombie fun there is some biting commentary about consumerism, today’s food supply and more.  Also, sorry about all the biting puns. It’s just too easy I tell ya.

Sean Beaudoin is one of those people that seems to have a razor sharp intellect and a twisting sense of humor with a dash of sharp sarcastic bite that means he had one of two life choices: he could struggle to hold his tongue (probably unsuccessfully) while working a middle management job, or he could write sarcastic zombie novels.  Luckily for us, he is writing sarcastic zombie novels.  There is blood, there is gore, there is flesh torn from the body; but there is also some interesting commentary on things like friendship, the juvie system, and, as I mentioned, consumerism and our food industry.

Zombies are super popular right now, and this is a fun and interesting addition to your collection.  The action, premise and dialogue are all way out there, in totally fun and entertaining ways. Definitely recommended. The sharp tone and the sarcastic wit of our main character will keep teens reading, while the absurdly out there premise behind the zombie madness makes for some serious (and seriously twisted) fun. Pair this title with A Bad Day for Voodoo by Jeff Strand. 3.5 out of 5 stars.  The awesome Naomi Bates over at YA Books and More says it well, you will “chuckle while cringing.”