“The Infects” Sean Beaudoin

ARC (Advance Reading Copy). To be published September 25, 2012. Candlewick Press. 353 pp.

Nick and several other juvenile delinquents were sentenced to march up a mountain as part of their punishment. Sometime during the night, they were attacked by zombies and forced to flee. While on their mad rush through the woods seeking relief from the hordes of zombies who had miraculously appeared to eat them, several of their number died bloody, horrific deaths at the hands of the zombies. The survivors finally reach an abandoned lodge at the top of the mountain and seek shelter but, the zombies have no plan to let them escape. They are surrounded.

While presumably a novel about zombies, referred to as “Infects,” Beaudoin has us believe they all got infected from eating bad chicken nuggets which causes their zombie-like behavior. With a theory like that, along with much rambling on the part of the narrator, and too many flashbacks to count, the book went straight downhill in my estimation.

Despite a cool looking cover, I have never read a weirder book than “The Infects,” and don’t recommend anyone else waste their time with it. However, I leave the decision up to you as to whether you really want to Read It or Not. I’d suggest Not.

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