The Infects by Sean Beaudoin; 2012; $16.99; 347 pages; Candlewick Press, Sommerville, MA; 978-0-7636-594 7-9; Purchased from Powell’s Book Store, Cedar Hills Crossing at author appearance; 1/23-1/25
Why did I pick this up? I read Sean Beaudoins’ book Fade to Black before he was at Wordstock. Then he and several other authors made an appearance at Powell’s Bookstore at Cedar Hills Crossing and I picked this up.
What is the story? Niles Sole is an employee of a chicken processing plant which distributes a wide variety of chicken related products. One day something goes wrong with the plant and Nile is charged and convicted of a crime. He is then assigned to participate in an outdoor program called, Inward Trek, by hiking and camping in the great outdoors. One night Niles is awaken by a strange sound outside his tent and oh boy, there is a nightmare beginning. Although this is so much more than just a story about zombies, it is a story about friendship, family and the things we do for love.
Did I like it? Yes, it was an intriguing mix of zombies, family, love, injustice, corporate greed and processed food. If all of Seans’ books are this much fun I am looking forward to reading more.
What is with the title of the review?
To me the central themes of this book is the things we do for love, which was a hit song for the band Golden Earring in the 70’s. There are also nods to Blue Oyster Cult and Devo among others throughout the book.