I was browsing amazon one day and while looking at a zombie book The Infection came up as an item that other had purchased. I took a look, read the blurb and said I have to read this. I asked my library to bring it in which they recently did. I also right away contacted the author Craig DiLouie and asked him for an interview. He was awesome and agreed. You can check out the interview which I think is one of the best I’ve had on the blog.
When I got the book I picked it up right before I had to go out, I remember standing in the kitchen reading the prologue next thing I knew I was pacing back and forth while reading. All I thought was damn this book is freaking awesome! The prologue gives you this uneasy oh crap how much worse will it get feel.
Many zombie books are hopeful and uplifting. The survivors are the light in the darkness and yes that’s true here. The story is usually a hard and difficult journey for them and this also was true here. The Infection however is less of a dose and is instead more of a bitch slap of reality of how it could well be. Now as prepared as we all like to think we are and look at our canned food and wonder how long it would last and how bad ass we would be in that kind of situation the truth is it’s not going to happen, good thing too because most people would end up eaten. Despite this The Infection creates a total terror right to the marrow. I read this book and as I said in my Teaser Tuesday post it does make you go oh shit that’s bad frequently. It is amazing to me what Craig did, this is one of the best if not the best zombie book I’ve ever read.
I’ve read reviews on amazon giving it excellent ratings or bad ones. Many do not like one aspect of the story this being the mutation that affects The Infected. I for one think if we’re reading a book about people rising and suddenly chewing on their fellow citizens to forward on the infection then you should go into the book with an open mind and a little imagination. And if this is all you can come up with as an issue that it didn’t fit in your box of what a zombie book “should” be as mutation is never allowed then I don’t think you’ve actually come up with a negative.
I loved the characters, I loved the alternating perspective of today and flash back to each characters experience through their time before and during the outbreak. Craig creates a stark brutal world and the most terrifying zombie scenario I have ever read. This book should be read in the bathroom so you don’t wet yourself in fright. Really it’s a scary read and an awesome one. If you are a zombie book lover and have yet to read The Infection add it to your TBR list and bump it to the top. It should be mandatory for any zombie lover.
Five ordinary people must pay the price of survival at the end of the world.
A mysterious virus suddenly strikes down millions. Three days later, its victims awake with a single purpose: spread the Infection. As the world lurches toward the apocalypse, some of the Infected continue to change, transforming into horrific monsters.
In one American city, a small group struggles to survive. Sarge, a tank commander hardened by years of fighting in Afghanistan. Wendy, a cop still fighting for law and order in a lawless land. Ethan, a teacher searching for his lost family. Todd, a high school student who sees second chances in the end of the world. Paul, a minister who wonders why God has forsaken his children. And Anne, their mysterious leader, who holds an almost fanatical hatred for the Infected.
Together, they fight their way to a massive refugee camp where thousands have made a stand. There, what’s left of the government will ask them to accept a mission that will determine the survival of them all–a dangerous journey back onto the open road and into the very heart of Infection.