Here's the first in our new series of Thursday posts that will bring you up close and sometimes too personal with the characters from recent YA book releases. Strap yourself in. These aren't your usual book reviews or book blurbs.
Wave hello to Nick from Sean Beaudoin's new novel THE INFECTS. There's an unconscious pun in the title, because the read is infectious, too. I predict it will catch-on in a big way.
Nick Sole’s Bucket List:
1.Visit Antarctica—It’s a little known fact that zombies freeze. Has to be the safest place in the world since nothing ever thaws there.
2. Stop off at Col. Saunder’s Flame Thrower and Bazooka Outlet Store—they’re having a sale all this week on Kevlar body suits.
3. Join “Learning Not to Fall in Love with Girls Named After Flowers” 10-week therapy session and support group-He’d really just like to meet someone named “Julie.”
4. Spend a few months not under arrest—it might be nice to go see a movie or something. Maybe grab a milkshake.
5. Jump out of an airplane—and land in another airplane heading to Tahiti, which is small, flat, warm, and can easily be made zombie-free.
The Infects by Sean BeaudoinA 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 chowing down on his fellow miscreants. As in any classic monster flick worth its salted popcorn, plentiful carnage sends survivors rabbiting into the woods while the mindless horde of "infects" shambles, moans, and drools behind. Of course, these kids have seen zombie movies. They generate "Zombie Rules" almost as quickly as cheeky remarks, but attitude alone can’t keep the biters back. Serving up a cast of irreverent, slightly twisted characters, an unexpected villain, and an ending you won’t see coming, here is a savvy tale that that’s a delight to read — whether you’re a rabid zombie fan or freshly bitten — and an incisive commentary on the evil that lurks within each of us.
Sean Beaudoin Answers: What is your favorite thing about The Infects?
The first thing that leaps to mind is the fact that it's done. I spent a lot of time with a group of sweaty delinquents, face-eating zombies, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, so I'm pleased to now be working on something entirely different. Which isn't to say that I don't love them all. I do. I'm just one of those people that needs a lot of variety in life. From books to food to music, I like to keep it unexpected. But really my favorite thing about The Infects is the ending. I conceived of the ending even before I started writing the book, because I wanted to do something that I thought no other zombie novel ever had before. To me, the ending is more than just a twist, it's the basis for an entire philosophy. A twisted philosophy, but one nonetheless. And of all the feedback I've gotten, not a single person has said "I saw that coming." Which rocks. I guess I just think it's important, especially when working in genre, to add something new to the lineage. If you're writing a book about space aliens it's perfectly fine to use (and abuse) all the usual tropes, but it seems essential that you add at least one new jewel to the teetering stack.
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Bio: Sean Beaudoin's latest novel is the rude zombie opus The Infects. His stories and articles have appeared in numerous publications, including: The Onion, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Spirit, the inflight magazine of Southwest Airlines. His next book, Wise Young Fool, will be out August 2013. He frequently ends his bio with an ironic or self-deprecating personal comment.
Catch him on his website: SeanBeaudoin.com
His Blog: SeanBeaudoin.com/blog
Or on Twitter: @SeanBeaudoin