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ISBN13: 9780763659479
ISBN10: 0763659479
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Publisher Comments:

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 cant keep the biters back. Serving up a cast of irreverent, slightly twisted characters, an unexpected villain, and an ending you wont 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.

Review:

"Tainted chicken leads to the Zomb-A-Pocalypse in this twisted take on the genre. After an exhaustion-induced freakout at his job at a slaughterhouse, 17-year-old Nick 'Nero' Sole is sentenced to three months at the intensive Inward Trek boot camp, where he meets other troublemakers and delinquents. Their foray into the wilderness is disrupted, however, when their counselors turn feral. Now the dead are walking, and they have a taste for flesh; Nick and his fellow survivors — including his crush, Petal — are hard-pressed to stay alive against an onslaught of unrelenting, unstoppable monsters, whose ranks grow with each new victim. Worse, their eventual rescue only leads to further horrifying revelations and a surprising twist on the zombie concept. Horror goes hand in hand with dark comedy in this wickedly unpredictable adventure, as Beaudoin simultaneously skewers the fast food industry and familiar zombie tropes. Offbeat characters and a high body count combine with an evocative narrative style — not as noirish as the one Beaudoin used in You Killed Wesley Payne, but just as edgy — to create a cinematic atmosphere. Ages 14 – up. Agent: Steven Malk, Writer's House. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

"Beaudoin's blackly comedic tale takes zombie lore to new territory — not only with the outbreaks unusual point of origin but also with its consideration of the next phase of human evolution. An utterly original voice, plenty of sly pop-culture references, and a twist ending make for a satisfying read." The Horn Book

Synopsis:

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 werent 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 cant keep the biters back. Serving up a cast of irreverent, slightly twisted characters, an unexpected villain, and an ending you wont see coming, here is a savvy tale that thats a delight to read — whether youre a rabid zombie fan or freshly bitten — and an incisive commentary on the evil that lurks within each of us.

About the Author

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.

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henryelykyburg, September 26, 2012 (view all comments by henryelykyburg)

"I don't find zombies to be particularly funny. At least I didn't used to. But now I do! Because this book is freaking hilarious. You don't read too many books that are this smart but also making you laugh all the way through. BUt once the zombies get going, the game is on. There's plenty of munching and screaming and racing through the woods. Books like this, with monsters or aliens may be good, but they almost always have a stupid ending. The Infects has the BEST ENDING EVER. Seriously, no way I thought it was going there. And then it did. Best book I've read this year. Absolutely killer. Now I either have to read it again, or wait around for the movie. There will def. be a movie."
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left city reader, September 25, 2012 (view all comments by left city reader)
If you're a fan of dark basements, desperate dashes through the woods, and lusty femur snacking, this take on zombies will not disappoint. But what sets The Infects apart from other zombie fare is the extra layer of, well, brains. Firstly, Beaudoin is just flat out funny, and pulls just the right reference out of anything from philosophy to trashy pop on page after page. And the mix of self-conscious toying with zombie conventions and truly grounded, sharply drawn characters really propel the humor and the gore and the mystery in a way that regular genre stories can't. Fun read, stuffed with zombie action, and with a conclusion you seriously didn't see coming. Recommended!
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Sloaty, September 25, 2012 (view all comments by Sloaty)
I generally avoid the new wave of books about vampires, werewolves, and other monsters because they have been done to death and the stories are require a suspension of reality that I just can’t fathom. On the other hand, The Infects, by Sean Beaudoin, is a completely different creature. Although tales about zombies are nothing new, Beaudoin’s writing style, intellect, and hilarity make all the lung eating and skin chewing more fun than a monster story has any right to be. Throw in foul-mouthed youth, a backstory invested with just the right dose of emotion and family drama, and social satire as sharp as a zombie chomp to the jugular, and you have a pretty special book. And for once, here is a book with an ending that is not only surprising, but completely satisfying. Beaudoin has got a great voice ��" smooth, incisive, and really, really funny ��" and this is great stuff. Definitely recommended.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780763659479
Author:
Beaudoin, Sean
Publisher:
Candlewick
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Publication Date:
20120925
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1-COLOR
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.56 x 5.84 x 1.25 in 1.21 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 384 pages Candlewick Press (MA) - English 9780763659479 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Tainted chicken leads to the Zomb-A-Pocalypse in this twisted take on the genre. After an exhaustion-induced freakout at his job at a slaughterhouse, 17-year-old Nick 'Nero' Sole is sentenced to three months at the intensive Inward Trek boot camp, where he meets other troublemakers and delinquents. Their foray into the wilderness is disrupted, however, when their counselors turn feral. Now the dead are walking, and they have a taste for flesh; Nick and his fellow survivors — including his crush, Petal — are hard-pressed to stay alive against an onslaught of unrelenting, unstoppable monsters, whose ranks grow with each new victim. Worse, their eventual rescue only leads to further horrifying revelations and a surprising twist on the zombie concept. Horror goes hand in hand with dark comedy in this wickedly unpredictable adventure, as Beaudoin simultaneously skewers the fast food industry and familiar zombie tropes. Offbeat characters and a high body count combine with an evocative narrative style — not as noirish as the one Beaudoin used in You Killed Wesley Payne, but just as edgy — to create a cinematic atmosphere. Ages 14 – up. Agent: Steven Malk, Writer's House. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Beaudoin's blackly comedic tale takes zombie lore to new territory — not only with the outbreaks unusual point of origin but also with its consideration of the next phase of human evolution. An utterly original voice, plenty of sly pop-culture references, and a twist ending make for a satisfying read."
"Synopsis" by , 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 werent 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 cant keep the biters back. Serving up a cast of irreverent, slightly twisted characters, an unexpected villain, and an ending you wont see coming, here is a savvy tale that thats a delight to read — whether youre a rabid zombie fan or freshly bitten — and an incisive commentary on the evil that lurks within each of us.

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