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.

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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.