“Nick (alias Nero) is stuck with a bunch of juvies for the next few months at a reformation camp in the wilderness. It’s the last place any of them want to be, and it only gets worse when some of the kids turn into flesh-eating zombies after eating some genetically enhanced chicken. The ironic part of all of this is that the whole reason Nero is at the juvie camp is because of an unfortunate incident at a chicken processing plant where he used to work. All of that aside, Nero now must fight against the zombies he may have had a hand in creating.
This one was a lot of fun, but I will admit, it took a while for me to get into it. The first 100 pages or so are devoted to Nick and his family dealing with money problems and Nick flirting with a girl at work over chicken parts. I expected the zombies to turn up a lot sooner than they did, but once the carnage starts, it’s pretty fast-paced from there.
This isn’t your typical zombie novel. In fact, I wasn’t ever scared, or even on the edge of my seat. It’s very reminiscent of Zombieland and even a little Shawn of the Dead, though I didn’t feel this book had the intensity that those two movies managed to hold despite the comedy. I’m not sure if the lack of tension was in the writing, or if it was because I was laughing at the situations. I must hand it to Mr. Beaudoin. He definitely has a way with words. He’s created a very memorable character in Nick/Nero. His observations are so dead-on and so sarcastically funny, that this book could have been about baking cookies and I still would have loved his character. The rest of the characters were okay, and served their purpose, but Nero totally steals the show.
As I said earlier, the book has a bit of a slow start with quite a bit of set-up, but once the zombies make an appearance there is plenty of gore. Had the book not been so funny, I may have been grossed out. I’m not one who enjoys a lot of gore, and there were a few times when I flinched a little at the graphic descriptions of death and dismemberment.
My biggest complaint is that there seemed to be a lot of holes in the story. This may just be my opinion, but there are things I wanted to know more about. Still, this is an enjoyable read, and definitely one I would recommend to zombie fans.”
“ It's no big secret that I love all things Zombie. What is not as widely known, is that my family has a sick sense of humor. The more gore, disgust and creepiness you throw at us, the more we like it. The Infects has all these factors in spades.
Baudoin's writing style is a masterful blend of humor, snark, whit, intelligence, horror and at times, just enough tenderness and caring to pull at your heart-strings.
Nick is a slightly less than average guy who goes to school, crushes on a girl from work at the local chicken factory and earns money to provide a constant supply of Asperger's medication to his younger sister. Mom is absent, Dad is worthless and Amanda relies on Nick for her care. After he has a costly accident at work and is sent off on a three month juvenile delinquent boot camp turned zombie apocalypse, all Nick can think of is surviving long enough. Long enough to find Petal, the girl of his dreams, who also happened to be sent on the trek due to her involvement in the accident, and getting back to Amanda.
Nero has taken Nick's place. Nero is focused. Nero is not going to let the infected stop him. Nero is not going to let the infected eat him.
This Infects is a fast paced, bloody-mess, intestine-nibbling, smart-ass filled good time. The group of teenagers Nero wades through zombies with are not your typical boy scout type, nor do they curl up and cry for their mommies. They are the kids who go balls-out, who walk through a mountain of death armed with nothing but their sense of humor and pure willingness to survive. Is it how I would expect a group of teenagers to handle waking up at a secluded camp site with the counselors eating a few of their mates? Um...hell to the no. But, the banter between these ridiculously over the top characters makes for one hell of a good time.
Towards the end of the story it takes an unexpected and profound turn. Nero, Petal and Amanda take the steps that will change the world forever. I loved where The Infects started, how it traveled and where it ended up. It's the perfect combination of crazy humor and profound thought.
I don't think this is the book for everyone. It has such a unique writing style and not everyone will find it's appeal, as I did. It's unbelievable story and reactions also won't be followed by all. As well as it's crude and moderately mature sense of humor. But if you want a fun, gory, quick read ~ give this one a shot.
“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.
Read the rest of my review at: http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.com/2012/09/02/the-infects-sean-beaudoin/”
“ This zombirific novel at once pays tribute to the classic zombie genre and also manages to make fun of the idea of brain eating, shambling, flesh chompers.
Seventeen year old Nick is the sole provider of his small family. His sister needs her monthly meds and his father has lost his job as a researcher at a chicken processing plant. Nick gets himself a job at the plant his father was fired from and it isn't long before he finds himself on his way to an "inward bound" camp for young delinquents.
Nick and his fellow campers soon find them selves on the run from a hoard of "infects" which only one thing on the non-minds.
With a cast of very twisted characters and an unexpected villain, this novel is a real statement on our craving for blood and gore on the big and little screen. I may never eat chicken nuggets again either”
“In compliance with FTC guidelines, I received this book through Netgalley.com
First off the cover is really awesome and I love the chickens on it, it's rather random but once you read the book you get why they are there. Anyway, this was a rather confusing read for me, plot-wise and also the way I felt about it. At times I couldn't stand to read anymore and then at other points I was practically speeding through it. So I've determined this is one of those books that you have to be in the mood for or it just doesn't work.
The writing style is odd to say the least. It's not bad and given the subject matter I have chalked it up to being overly quirky on purpose. There were times where you are given several ways to say the same thing, it's like a bombardment of adjectives and it left me rather irritated. The story was kind of out there but kind of not, if that makes sense and it probably doesn't. It is a zombie novel so that allows for a lot of original quirky things to be introduced and boy does Beaudoin introduce the quirk...at times he practically forces you into small enclosed spaces with it. It's not meant to be taken seriously but there were times when the ridiculous became to much for me.For instance why no one noticed the completely odd behavior of others during the beginning of the book...I think I'd do something if I saw someone trying to bite someone else. Scream at least, but not in this book...well not until later at least. The actual zombie action took a while to get to but it was by far the best part of the book. I enjoyed their fight to survive against the rather brutal and super creepy zombies chasing them. There were moments where I was really into it and I appreciated the lack of convention when it came to it. I also enjoyed about half of the humor involved but found some of it a tad forced. The plot doesn't really start out normal and it certainly doesn't finish that way, which is also another plus. I really liked the rather cool opening scene and I liked how things turned out in the end which was not what I was expecting at all.
The characters were hugely annoying at first. There were so many references to the male anatomy that I had to stop reading, it doesn't offend me and I've been known to laugh at immaturity at times but it really did become too much. I think I would have been fine with it, but there were a lot of random moments where it was just kind of thrown in there for no real reason. Nick (Nero) was actually an interesting main character and I really liked his transformation throughout the book. The other boys in the camp were hit and miss with me, there were a few that I liked but the rest I quickly deemed to be zombie food. They were all fairly interesting characters and I found myself rather interested in how they came to be in the juvie program, which to my pleasure Beaudoin includes a few rap sheets at the end of the novel.
Overall I'm sitting on a very tentative 2 stars. The plot was interesting, though at times it can get pretty confusing. Also if you don't like or mind cursing or references to reproductive organs, you should probably stay away from this. I still have a lot of questions about the plot as well, so I'm not fully satisfied on that account either. In short, this book leaves me scratching my head.”