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3.47  ·  Rating details ·  1,118 ratings  ·  245 reviews
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 cho
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Candlewick (first published August 1st 2012)
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Candace Robinson
I normally find humor, especially with zombies, awesome! I mean, Shaun of the Dead and Return of the Living Dead for example are instant classics. But I couldn’t handle it... 😬
Joy (joyous reads)
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, arc
So, check it.

This book is far from perfect. There are ambiguities in the story itself that the author chose to leave unexplored for whatever reason he deemed necessary. Even so, I gave this book five stars and I am going to attempt my very best to tell you why. The ratings for this book here puzzles me; but for once, I see a role reversal of some sort. Usually, I'd be scratching my head because of a book's history of high rating in which I disagree. This time, however, I'm on the flip side of t
Wendy Darling
The voice and humor just weren't doing it for me. DNF, I'm afraid. ...more
Kellee Moye
Sean Beaudoin definitely has a unique style that you cannot confuse with anyone else. It is like when you see a movie and you know who the director is - that is how distinct Sean's writing is. And what he does so well is keep his style yet still has characters that have distinct voices that you can distinguish between. He actually reminds me of John Green in that way; however, Sean Beaudoin is more of the underground, quirky, dry twisted humor sort of way. This book also reminded me of the humor ...more
May 17, 2012 rated it liked it
So. Three stars.

Here's the thing. I liked this book. It had Zombies, which I love, and some interesting characters, including some kick butt young women. Also a plus.

I thought the books edgy, quirky and trippy. It was a brave, bold storytime and twist.

So why three stars?

I think that the story had a lot of elements that weren't completely explored. There were bits and pieces of story flesh hanging from the blackly oozing, if quite animated body of the story.

Again, I am an adult reader.

I will
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Whoa! What a trip!

Three and a half stars: A zombie book with some big surprises!

Nick heads out to work ready to endure another monotonous day at the chicken processing plant. Today, though, there is a surprise in store: he gets a promotion and a pay raise. He is now the special butcher for the new line of chicken products. Perhaps now he will finally have the guts to talk to Petal Gazes, the girl he has a major crush on, or not. Unfortunately, for Nick the monotonous line of chickens on the belt
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
There really isn't much that Sean Beaudoin can do wrong. His novels have a definitive signature that screams THIS IS SEAN BEAUDOIN. It usually involves some level of noir, exceptional find-fuckage and a snarky cynicism that is like the brand of Sean on all of his books. THE INFECTS fit nice and snugly into this mould although I have to say it's the least mind-fucked of the SB books I've read. In fact it was downright tame in comparison to the likes of FADE TO BLUE. But that doesn't mean it was b ...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Huh. Words that describe my experience with The Infects: weird. confusing. flat. undeveloped.


Review to come mid-August, but gentle readers be warned, I was not happy with this zombie effort.
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads

Last month, I was lucky enough to get my hands/paws/vestigial tail on not one but two versions of The Infects, getting sent a digital copy through NetGalley and winning a physical copy through LibraryThing (let’s be friends!). Which was great because I could literally read Nick’s story whenever and wherever. Pretty damn necessary for a book this good. BONUS: the cover is pure book porn. And the interior chapter titles are equally gorgeous,
Scott Barberii
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
How to Survive and Enjoy The Infects: The Complete Guide

The Infects by Sean Beaudoin features Nick Sole being placed in a juvenile delinquent retreat after screwing up his new job. Once far in the woods his counselors go from bulwarks to a cancer that spreads like wildfire. Nick and his other delinquents must make their way out of a frenzy of teeth, hands, tongues and blood to attempt to find salvation. It touches on the idea of what is humanity, and what it means to be human. Its an amazing ide
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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This book was OK. It wasn’t what I expected it to be. I gotta admit I’m a little disappointed with the book.

I guess it has a lot to do with the writing. A lot of it didn’t make sense to me especially when the characters were talking. Some of the characters use such a weird slang that teenagers today don’t use at all. For example one of the characters said “they came in mad waves. But check it –it was epic.” Another character said “Dude a Zach thresher.” What the hell does that even mean? The bo
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
After a short successful foray into zombie-land in his Fade to Blue, Sean Beaudoin ventures much deeper into that dark yet potentially hilarious zone in The Infects. The trip is once more a success.

The novel is a special treat for pop culture fans, with references ranging from the literary to the cinematic to the musical to the game-oriented. Zombie lore is equally rampant and wide-ranging, with scholarly attention paid to such vital topics as the two major species (slow vs. fast) and how to han
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received this book to review for a magazine, and at first glance I wasn't that hyped about it. However, once I started it I absolutely *loved* it and finished it in well under a day. I kept coming back to the thought that it's a gory, vulgar mix of Louis Sachar's novel "Holes" and the film Zombieland...and that's a GOOD thing. Nick is sentenced to 3 months of rehabilitation at an outdoor wilderness camp for juvenile delinquents and re-christened "Nero". As he and his fellow inmates begin the l ...more
Cooper McCombs
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. The suspense and gore kept me on edge the whole time to the point where I’d start reading at 8:00 and find my mom forcing me to put the book down at 12:30. The characters were really well detailed and the book had a great plot with a twist ending to satisfy any avid reader. 100/10
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Oh I got sucked in by an amazing cover! I saw a copy of this on display at the library that didn’t have the protective plastic covering they put on library books. And I had to get it cuz I like zombie books but that cover with the colors and the glossy paper was just so gorgeous! Unfortunately the insides weren’t as good. Although there was plenty of good juicy zombie gore, I just wasn’t a big fan of the writing style and the overly juvenile male humor.
“Nero crawled past where the bodies of the hunters were. At least where he thought they were. With each foot, the smell got worse. It was hot and fetid. Stink blanketed his sinuses, settled in his nose. It bought furniture at IKEA, adopted a puppy, got a job, met other stink, went on a date, and talked about moving in together.”

Nick spends his high school days caring for his younger sister, who has Asperger’s, and his father, who has lost his touch with reality after losing his R&D job at Rebozz
Kelley York
May 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: zombies
First of all, I want to say, this e-galley did NOT like me. There were 10-ish pages that *refused* to load on my Nook toward the beginning, so I have no idea how Nick ended up from the chicken factory to being on the bus. I also don't know if the 'end' was the end I read, because the ending of the book kept screwing up, too. I felt like I was missing a chapter or two, but I have no clue. I tried opening the e-galley on my computer and had the same issues.

So, that being said...

Cover: 3/5 Interes
Sarah E.
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I give this book 4.5/5 stars!

Think Holes meets Zombieland. The Infects follows a teenage boy, Nick Sole, who works at a chicken processing facility. One day, he finds himself accepting a promotion to work in the mysterious Blue Room, as a butcher. A little while later, he is so exhausted from butchering day after day, that he lands his knife right into his palm. Nick freaks and instead of hitting the emergency stop, he starts removing the chickens from the belt. He winds himself in juvie camp fo
Kristen Harvey
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
First Impression:
The only thing I expect from Sean Beaudoin is to entertain me immensely in a way I never expected to be. I have enjoyed everything I have read by him and couldn't wait for this zombie tale.

While Reading:
Nero is in a really strange situation. He lives with his little sister who is definitely on the autism spectrum from her behaviors and his dad does not work. So it's up to Nero, who works at a chicken factory. The one that produces all of the chicken for a very popular fast foo
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received this book from NetGalley.

Nick is your typical teenage boy. His parents are divorced, his dad has gone off the deep end so Nick helps take care of his sister Amanda who has Aspbergers, when he’s not in high school or working at Rebozzo Aviraculture. (aka a chicken factory) Things in his life are moving along: There’s a girl he wants to ask out, he gets a promotion at work, slices open his hand, gets fired- then arrested and sent to a camp for troubled youth where he is given the handle
☼Book her,   Danno☼
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
THE INFECTS is a fun fast-pasted zombie book that's sarcastic and rib-tickling. It's the type of book I'd suggest to a friend who wanted something that wasn't scary or mind-taxing, just entertaining and clever.

The story is about Nick. He's a teen who's father has gone off the deep end. Nick and his little sister refer to him as The Dude, and since he lost his job, Nick has been supporting the family by working at a chicken slaughter house. If that's not strange enough, the girl Nick is ga-ga ove
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was ok

So here's a lesson that maybe some authors - or just people - need to learn: Just writing about a thing, while pointing out the flaws or inconsistencies or cliches in that thing, isn't satire. And it's not particularly entertaining, in and of itself. It's just... lazy.

I get that this was supposed to be a satire of zombie novels. But instead it was just weak writing, depending on pointing out cliches in an attempt to be snarky or satirical, while in fact depending on those same cliches.
Ms. Yingling
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
As of 1 June 2012, there is still time to read this on I'm still trying to decide on whether it's middle school appropriate or not. There's no soubt that Beaudoin is a brilliant writer, but he walks that fine line. Major points for use of language: "fuct", "texturbation" are both edgy but not quite as naughty as they could be. Still-- too naughty for middle school, I am thinking, when combined with a very large amount of graphic chicken slaughtering, even before we got to the actu ...more
~Mindy Lynn~
Aug 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: supernatural, ya

The Infects was a book I had a hard time liking. I really didn't care for the writing. It seemed a bit boring for me. I wanted more zombie action. I needed more action period. Instead of the characters being interesting I found them a bit boring. No real character development for any of them except the main character and his family. The only character I seemed to like was Amanda. She's not in the book nearly enough.
I liked all the gore and that there were some badass chicks. But the book en
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this at barnes and noble recently and it was a pretty good read.

Nick "Nero" Sole is sent to a juvenile delinquent camp after causing harm to himself and doing property damage at his job at the chicken slaughterhouse. When the camp counselors turn zombie overnight, he and the rest of the punks who get sent there must run for their lives. Can they outrun the zombies before they become infects themselves? Read this book and find out.

This was a pretty good young adult zombie story that took an
Oct 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
Listened to on CD. Ok, I love Zombie and Post-Apocalyptic stories. But... This one sucked! I did NOT care about ANY of the characters. NONE. The story was interesting and the writing style was quick and fun so I stuck it out to the crappy end. I was hoping everyone would turn and that'd be a great end for all involved. Okay, if you have an interest in juvenile delinquents and there adult chaperons, (who have no redeeming qualities) and how they cope with a zombie outbreak, feel free to pick it u ...more
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Infects is badass on epic proportions! I loved it, and I want more.
This book is not just a vague, zombie book. Nope, it is smart. Like “get you thinking on a different level” smart. It is also funny as hell.
I love books that are from a guy’s perspective. The way Nick interacts with the other IT guys is a great story in itself. Even before the zombies showed up, I was hooked.
And Nick’s relationship with his little sister is just about the sweetest thing I have read in a while. Amanda, like th
S. K. Pentecost
Dec 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Beaudoin uses a very hip cadence in his humor. There were several times I laughed out loud.

The story telling could use a little work, more than one key plot point seems to fly out of nowhere, but the savvy sarcasm makes up for most of that.

The ending was right up my alley with its rebelliously adolescent tone.

I would recommend this book to people who thought the one thing that could have made Holes better was zombies.
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Overt sexual innuendos, an almost non-existent plot, and little depth amount to an overall ho-hum book. It's a very basic splatterpunk novel - and perhaps a good indication that the zombie-apocalypse sub genre is running out of gas (or, in this case, brains). ...more
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Sean Beaudoin is the author of five Young Adult novels, including the rude zombie love story The Infects, and the black comedy rock and roll love story Wise Young Fool. Sean likes love stories almost as much as he loves to talk about himself in the third person. Welcome Thieves is a short story collection that will be out March '16 with Algonquin Press. ...more

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