Book Review: The Infects by Sean Beaudoin

You think you know zombie fiction. But you don’t. Just look no further than The Infects by Sean Beaudoin, a genre-bending twist on the uber-popular zombie theme that will warp your sensibilities about the walking dead.

Teenage angst and sexuality collide with chicken guts and reanimated corpses for an explosively hilarious and twisted tale that completely reinvents the zombie 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.

The Infects is a twisted book. A twisted story. And containing many sick and twisted scenes. But you should expect nothing less from the author of You Killed Wesley Payne — and so things like sexy, wound-licking naked zombie chicks and killer buckets of fried chicken somehow make sense in the warped, twisted world Beaudoin has created.

He has brilliantly tackled a story about troubled teens and submerged into a live or die or becoming living dead scenario that turns the classic zombie rules on their head. He even cleverly interjects his manuscript with “Zombrules” that both pay homage to and shatter what popular culture has crafted as “zombie lore” up to now.

And the ending. Man, what a kicker. The Infects is in stores now.


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