The Infects by Sean Beaudoin

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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.

About Sean Beaudoin

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Sean Beaudoin is the author of three cutting-edge young adult novels, including You Killed Wesley Payne. The Infects is his first novel with Candlewick Press. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
Published September 25, 2012 by Candlewick. 385 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Horror, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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/ Another step"), Nick has masturbatory fantasies about the hottest girl zombie, even while mooning over the object of his affections, Petal Gazes, a manic pixie punk-rock girl with anime eyes and a "Bauhaus" hoodie.

Aug 01 2012 | Read Full Review of The Infects

Teen Reads

Well go ahead and indulge, I dare you, but you might think twice about what that food is doing to your body after reading about the (mis)adventures of 17-year-old Nick “Nero” Sole."Like all good books, it’s the little things that matter, and Beaudoin inserts zombie rules, jokes about fast food, a...

Nov 27 2012 | Read Full Review of The Infects

Red Room

Beaudoin fans will recognize themes (a sharp critique of unreflective consumerism), rhetorical style (razor-sharp, sophisticated, darkly inflected wit), plot concerns (manic twists, moral complications that are likely unresolvable), and character types (including a tough protagonist with a h...

Sep 25 2012 | Read Full Review of The Infects

The Celebrity Cafe

Things start to look up when Nick gets a surprise “promotion” to work exclusively on the company’s new roasting bird but the isolated slaughtering begins to play with his head and, after a freak accident, Nick is sent to a camp for juvenile delinquents.

Aug 13 2012 | Read Full Review of The Infects

Youth Services Book Review

This was an amazing fast paced thriller about a group of delinquents who are on a nature trek when they are attacked by ‘Infects.’ The Infects have a lot of characteristics similar to zombies and for the purpose of the story they pretty much are zombies.

Feb 12 2013 | Read Full Review of The Infects

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