The Infects- Sean Beaudoin

posted 25 Feb 2014, 14:45 by Arna Metcalfe
World War Z, I am Legend, 28 Days Later, Resident Evil. 

Zombies are ubiquitous in popular culture- they're the new (but less sexy) vampires. As cultural commentary zombies are a fairly standard cipher- braindead, shambling and shuffling around a mall. This novel was an interesting take on the genre of zombie fiction. A semi- survivalist critique of how we live now. 

The Infects has a wry, self-aware tone. It could be called The Affects for it's affected narrative style. BUT. It did it well. Filled with contemporary pop-culture references and snappy dialogue I enjoyed it. Lots. The narrative structure is like a who-dunnit mystery, with pieces of the main character's history being exposed piece by piece. This works particularly well as the set up is a boot camp outing for teenagers in trouble with the law.

It is a relatively fresh take on an old trope- what it means to be human. Also, why do we eat KFC?

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-Ms Metcalfe