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Gr 9 Up-Nero's bad week suddenly gets much worse when people start acting like zombies: lurching, drooling, and lusting after human flesh. It's ruthlessly fast paced, loaded with pop-culture references, and splattered with gore, and the dialogue raises sarcasm-and profanity-to an art form. Audio version available from Brilliance Audio.α(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Beaudoin’s blackly comedic tale takes zombie lore to new territory—not only with the outbreak’s 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

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.
—Publishers Weekly

Nick’s job at the local chicken plant ends in disaster when he stabs his hand and jams up a conveyor belt, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage...

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 heart of gold, his sharp but vulnerable autistic sister, and some misguided and evil adults) from his previous works.

For those unfamiliar with his work, it’s an impressively cerebral and engaging entry in zombie lit, offering a self-conscious parody of the conventions of the genre that focuses attention on the underlying cultural forces that make the zombie such a compelling symbol in the contemporary imagination. It is the zombie novel only Beaudoin could write, an allusive horror novel that engages in philosophical, social, and humanist critique while providing plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. KC
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763659479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763659479
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,626,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Sean Beaudoin enjoys typing about himself in the third person, as if some underfed intern were writing his bio for him. He wrote Going Nowhere Faster, Fade To Blue, and You Killed Wesley Payne strictly for cash, but his new book, The Infects, was a zombie labor of love. Sean's short stories and articles have appeared in numerous publications, including The Onion, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Spirit-the inflight magazine of Southwest Airlines. He has since been awarded free cocktail peanuts for life. Sean is also one of the founding editors of TheWeeklings.com, which is hands-down the most influential site on the internet.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Henry E. Kyburg on September 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By OpheliasOwn VINE VOICE on December 20, 2012
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It's bad enough to be labeled a juvenile delinquent over an accident and sent to a wilderness program with other criminals, but watching everyone around you turn into flesh eating zombies just makes it that much worse. In Sean Beaudoin's Infects, Nero is trapped in his own worst nightmare... but at least there is a cute girl there too!

Nick Soul couldn't have imagined a freak accident on the chicken "disassembly" line would have him labeled an ecoterrorist or a criminal, but then again there isn't much in his life that goes his way. As he is on his way to the wilderness program that is supposed to "straighten him out", he realizes there are worse things in this world than the genocide of chickens that happens everyday in the chicken factory. Once he chooses his wilderness name, Nero, he is immersed into a ride that no one world have expected.

Not 24 hours in the woods and Nero wakes up to a sight he can't believe is real despite looking at it with his own two eyes: one of his counselors is bent over the other counselor... eating him. It is that very moment that all hell breaks loose. The few other delinquents who aren't crazy cannibals take off with Nero headed away from the campsite- they don't know where they plan to go, but they know they can't stay there! On the way, the boys encounter all manner of zombies, but what is even scarier than their desire for human flesh is the fact that they seem able to think, reason, and solve problems. Those are never good qualities to find in a zombie. You never want a zombie to be smart enough to find even more ways to eat you. If life wasn't hell for Nick before he became Nero, its about to be worse than any hell he could imagine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joe Daly on September 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My favorite horror novels never rest on plot alone. There needs to be greater stakes in play, which is why I so thoroughly enjoyed Beaudoin's "You Killed Wesley Payne." Sure, the plot was fun and there were some nice surprises, but it was the clever, subversive dialogue that led me to recommend it to so many.

In the same way, Beaudoin takes the zombie apocalypse in a very different, and for me, refreshing direction. Setting the novel in a camp full of juvenile delinquents was a nice touch, especially for someone like me, who watched Sean Penn's "Bad Boys" about a million times in the 80s and 90s. The plot builds up relatively quickly and as it starts speeding out of control, you're alternately laughing, nodding and cringing at all the gore and mayhem (the literal kind of mayhem).

I won't spoil the surprise, but protagonist Nero, in addition to being possessed of superior cultural tastes and wickedly nihilistic world views, has the funniest inner voice in horror. It's someone you know.

I blew through this in a couple of days, unable to put it down. My only regret is not saving it for my flight later this week, as this book is perfect for a trip or a rainy weekend indoors.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By left city reader on September 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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 the 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Greg Olear on September 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Whether you like zombies, or think zombies are a hard-to-explain trope that needs to be eradicated from the face of the earth...like, you know, zombies...or both, you will LOVE "The Infects". You know how the movie "Airplane!" is at once a freakin'

I don't want to give too much away, but I will say this: Sean Beaudoin will challenge your brain...and then feast on it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christina on October 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I haven't had this much fun while reading a horror novel in a LONG time!
The Infects is twisted and disturbing and dark and hilarious and witty and unique and just a heckuva read!

This is not your usual 'walking dead zombies' book. Not by a long shot.
It's like....Lord of the Flies meets Zombieland meets Shaun of the Dead.

Poor Nick has to go out and support the family after his father (his father is called, 'The Dude'. I kid you not) loses his job. Nick works at a chicken slaughter-house. He goes a bit batty and ends up doing time with other juvvies at an outdoor retreat....And that's when the zomb-pocalypse happens.

My favourite characters?
Nero
Amanda
Yelstin
The Rock (Yep. THAT The Rock)

I wish I could tell you more, but this is one book that I just don't want to spoil!

There IS one thing that bothers me, however...
On the back of my ARC, it says that they're marketing this book to teens 14+.
There's NO WAY I would ever allow a 14 year old to read this. I don't think I'd let my 16 year old read it, and I'm the furthest thing from a strict parent!
It's WAY to full of gore and guck and mature scenes.

So, if you're 17 or older, read this book. It's great, mindless fun!
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