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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 AfghaniA 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....

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the infection Reviews

  • Kaisersoze
    2018-10-06 23:09

    Having just written a lengthy review for The Infection that my computer/goodreads conspired to lose after I hit the save button, I'm full of enough rage to bite the next healthy person I come across. Which, of course, means I can't possibly bring myself to try to reconstruct what was obviously a brilliantly composed, thought-provoking exploration of DiLouie's novel.Instead, I'll just dot point the hell out of it:- Very different from your normal zombie apocalyptic novel. Which is a good thing.- Adding monsters Lovecraft would be proud of to the threat of the Infected who can only run and bite the characters is a stroke of genius on DiLouie's part as it increases the threat to the characters considerably.- There is no convenient explanation with a pretty bow wrapped around it for why the Infection happened, nor why monstrous abominations are developing and also attacking surviving humans. But then why should there be when the reader is following a rag-tag group of survivors in the middle of America who wouldn't be privy to such information?- The characters are well-developed, mostly easy to like, and interact realistically - something that too many authors of this type of novel skimp on.- As much as I obviously liked this, it's not a perfect novel, however. The beginning is quite jarring, switching back and forth between present and past tense as DiLouie peppers his main narrative with flashbacks to how his core group came together. There's also a point in the last third of the novel when the pace grinds to a halt, which happens to coincide with a character's perplexing decision that removes her from the narrative for far too long - a decision I still do not really understand.- But, all in all, this is an excellent read which delivers tension and horror galore. Fans of zombies, apocalyptic fiction and Lovecraft should all get a kick out of it.- Time to find the sequel ...4 to 4.5 Heavily-Weaponised Bradleys for The Infection.

  • Rick Fisher
    2018-10-15 01:21

    Wow, this one was a mess. Although the writing is okay and the authors words flow smoothy, this novel is chopped up and all over the place. It couldn't decide what it wanted to be. An apocalyptic disaster (the screamers), a post-apocalyptic disaster (screamers turned zombies), a monster/horror disaster (massive worms, grissly baboons, spider-like demons), a dystopian society disaster (caught within the confines of a city/prison/camp thought to be a haven) or a dramatic disaster (personal flashbacks of every character, thinking to elicit sympathy from readers). And, unfortunately, not really any kind of scares or tense "holy shit" moments. I kept reading, thinking something was just right around the corner. There are a few build ups but no toe curling climax.I have seen so many four and five star ratings for this work, but I just cant see how its getting that. There is nothing cohesive about this piece. The one saving grace are a few of the characters. Kudos for the development of Sarge, Wendy and the Kid (Todd). Unless you already have a copy of this one, my recommendation is to pass it up.

  • Jeffrey Getzin
    2018-10-02 04:34

    Even better than World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie WarI had to admit I was a little suspicious of this book. It comes from an indie press, with a cover that looks like it was designed by a very talented amateur instead of a seasoned professional.But I was hooked within sentences. DiLouie has managed to take a tired genre (sorry, but I'm getting a little bored of the zombie apocalypse) and imbue it with exciting new vitality. He does this in precisely the right way: he focuses on the characters.The best authors realize that threat and horror mean absolutely nothing if you don't care about the characters. DiLouie understands that very well and spends a tremendous amount of time detailing his characters, making them realistic and sympathetic, and amazingly, he does so without slowing the action. It's an impressive feat!I didn't find this book particularly "scary" per se, but it was incredibly engrossing. The author has an impressive ability to weave authentic (or at least authentic-seeming) details about the military and the police into the narrative to create a very realistic world.The best science fiction and fantasy books (as well as horror) take a handful of impossible axioms (e.g., there's a viral infection that turns people into cannibals) and builds a logical house upon that foundation. You only have to suspend your disbelief for the initial axioms; everything else makes absolute, perfect sense. DiLouie does that in this book. It's awe-inspiring!Highly recommended!P.S. It does bear note that the book is not without flaws. It shares the same publisher as the also excellent Ex-Heroes, and like that other book, has some odd typesetting issues. For instance, the headers and footers are really odd. I'm not sure why they went with them. Also, I found an uncorrected typo at one point. Just nits, though; the book is otherwise flawless, in my opinion!

  • Jason
    2018-10-10 01:05

    2 StarsAs a confessed post-apoc-a-phile with love for all things undead, I am normally easy to please.I felt that the overall feel of this novel was forced upon us, it tried to be an atypical zombie novel, to be different and unique, and to not be generic. The beginning of the book was fantastic. I loved the whole people fell down, screamed really loudly.....and then they changed concept. It was well written, engaging, and exciting. Problem is after that the book fell apart. Even with fast moving zombies (runners), there were no matching fast paced thrilling chases that really took advantage of them. The characters were uninteresting to me and forgettable, Couple this with the bizarre abominations that to me ruined the rest of the story. I sped through the last 100 pages and found little that will stay with me. I probably will read Tooth and Nail as it is well liked and I do like DiLouie's writing style, but this one did not work for me...

  • Felicia A
    2018-09-20 01:31

    While I am not a big fan of Craig DiLouie's writing "style", he can tell one hell of a story. Infection has a similar feel to Tooth and Nail, but is a different story set in a different book universe. Others have detailed and recapped the story, so I won't, but I have a few comments. The bonded together survivors from the Bradley work well as a unit, and as a newfound family. I was sorry to see that certain of them didn't make it. Let's face it, at this point, there's only so much you can do with the whole zombie apocalypse plot, but DiLouie has managed to do something different, zingy even. These were actually "infected", not "zombies", but the apocalypse happens in the same manner. Throw some gruesome alien/parasite/monsters in along with the infected, and you've got quite the new little stew brewing. The book ends well, but there is room for a continuation of this story.

  • Julie
    2018-10-21 00:05

    I picked this up after reading "World War Z," expecting something similar, and was sorely disappointed. Even though I did not enjoy the writing style at all, I gave it the benefit of the doubt until about a third of the way through. It was all over at the two-headed worm. Don't bother.

  • Jessica
    2018-10-16 03:21

    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.

  • Abigail
    2018-10-18 22:30

    Since I consider this one of my "Best Of 2012" I finally finished my review. It scared the pants off me at least five times so it deserves at the very least five stars!Everyone who enjoys post-apocalyptic fiction should read this book. This is not so much a "zombie fiction" at least in the traditional idea of what we think of when we see zombie in the genre setting. Sure, it has a shuffling, running, cannibalistic, primal, carnivorous flesh-eating horde hungering after any and all humans left in it. Sure there is a group of survivors. But it is so much more. It stirs in a pandemic, a bit of social questioning of "what if", the breakdown of civilization and THEN there are the shuffling, running, cannibalistic, primal, carnivorous flesh-eating horde. It follows the rules and conventions of PA Fiction by dealing with the aftermath and leading us into what is now a series with The Killing Floor (a novel of The Infection) as the second read.The breakdown of civilization occurs when about 20% of the world fall down screaming and then collapse into a coma, only to wake up three days later hungry, really really hungry and with a hive-like drive to spread the infection! Unlike most zombie novels, or pandemics, there is no patient-zero. It started at the same time, all over the world. If you watch Torchwood you will remember the mini-series 3.5, Children of Earth when all the children in the world would stop and speak "We are coming" in unison? Well... it was a lot like that story, but with everyone not just the children and no warning on who and what was coming. It does make you question where the "infection" is coming from though? Or is that just my geek radar (*wink* uh-ah-ah...spoilers, Sweetie)!Post apocalyptic stories are at the top of my list of genre reads. I love the fictional "Fisher Price" Sociological and Psychological exploration of what happens to the survivors, their culture and society and watching as they try to come up with and explore the question of how to rebuild their society. How do they do all the little things we take for granted on a daily basis, such as their morning cup of coffee, or showers, or not dying of a scratch they received while running away from the horde! The Infection explores all of this in such a manner it grabs you and does not let you get away til it is done.. and then? Well then the author throws in surrealism of the aspect of "The Other" in the form of this unknown virus that has caused the collapse of society.Viruses mutate, we hear about all the time in the news. Each year the flu virus has to adjust it self to the variance of flu cropping up. They are not a tangible threat to us, they have no face, they are but a wee bug trapped in a petri-dish. But this virus and it's mutations? Somehow I do not think most of these will fit, especially the Towering Things. What Craig DiLouie makes these mutations tangible, in the forms of moving, horrific, surreal monsters, "The Other". For those not familiar with this concept, in the sense of literature, the other, or otherness, is an exploration or labeling of difference. Mary Shelley did it with Frankenstein, the monster was "the other" being the physical representation of the monster within himself, still it is the same concept. Another good example in horror writing is Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the other is inside and with this story it comes out in a tangle form as Mr. Hyde, (author) even plays on words with calling "the other" Hyde. DiLouise takes the mutations out of the petri-dish and adds them to the cannibalistic infected and what comes next.It takes a lot to frighten me now days. Just like everyone else I am desynthesized for a variety of reasons, including the fact we are inundated with horror on a daily basis and we have Hollywood one upping itself with the "SAW" syndrome. I suffer from PTSD and I mention this only because it is not stories or my reading subjects that usually trigger these things, but moments, events and incidents that happen around me here in the real world. To affect me to the point of having a PTSD attack it usually has to be something like I mentioned earlier this summer with (book from NP). This book was terrifying! And as I mentioned above, zombie or horror book like this should not have any such effect..except this one did.I was still suffering from pneumonia at the end of winter during my immersion in this tail. I was not feverish, just sleeping a lot. Which means I would fall asleep when reading a book, a lot! I call it dream reading because I just keep the story going straight into a lucid dream. Not good when the group I was reading about was on the verge of becoming lunch for some mutation. I ended up having three solid PTSD attacks, and guess what? I cannot WAIT till I have time to read the second one. If a horror read can do that? Well bring it on. No I am not masochistic.. ok not when it comes to my mental health that is. But I will be prepared and no reading before bed!Seriously could not put this book down, and if I had not kept falling asleep only to be dragged into nightmares of pure terror and delight, I would have read it in one afternoon. It was heart stopping, sweat popping scary as shit and an incredible intelligent and tasty horror read! Grab it and The Killing Floor (a novel of The Infection) (the 2nd in the series) especially if you love having pants scared off of you and enjoy it! Seriously, why should you read it? It is one of the best stories you'll ever read examining not only the collapse of society but gifting you with a cross-genre pièce de résistance that sinks it's claws, teeth and stingers into you and not letting you go! It's a zombie horror. It's a possible alien nightmare*wink*. It's an in your face blatant examination of humanity under way to much pressure.

  • Joe Stamber
    2018-10-10 02:04

    Firstly, I should say that you really need to experience this book in audio format. As I listened, I sometimes imagined the print on the page and thought that reading it would not have been as exciting. Although I'm a big fan of Apocalyptic novels I'm not really a zombie fan, even though the two genres often go hand-in-hand. Not to worry here though. If you enjoy apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic, horror, thriller, action, zombies or any combination you will love this. Especially on audio. One teeny complaint. Several times a character or several characters were in peril and the action stopped while the character(s) described what they saw at length when it was obvious that action was required. Some authors have the knack of weaving such descriptions in without stopping the action, and several times I was screaming (not out loud) "Just shoot it!" when the characters were elaborating over something. Jeez, do you have a death wish? But overall, an excellent action-packed, post-apocalyptic zombie ride. Did I mention you should get the audio version?

  • Michelle
    2018-10-19 06:21

    I didn't want to do this, but honestly I couldn't finish this. I love Craig DiLouie's work. I think he is a fantastic author. I just couldn't get into this. I felt disconnected from the characters, the story did not flow and was choppy, in addition I thought the worm thing was way over the top and kinda silly. The direction of the story seemed to be all over the place and I found myself slowly slipping away from the story. I feel horrible for giving up on this, but I just had to put it down and go on to something else.

  • MsBDiamondDiva1
    2018-10-16 03:33

    Again, I have not an inkling why so many people rate books that are horrible so high. This book at the most is a 3 and nothing more. The things I hate about this book:1. My main problem is the there isn’t a clue to why the infection is creating these so called abominations. Is this some kind of alien invasion or is there really an infection? O and about to the very end of the book, you realize that some of these alien creatures have the ability to communicate (the speak some kind of language). I have no idea what really has happened in this book and what the actual plot was suppose to be. Example: a. Screamers: Humans that fall down screaming from the infection, then wake up to kill other, eat small children and they smell like sour milk.b. Giant worm creatures: They eat the screamers and anything else it can get its hands on. c. Jumpers: These things are shaped like monkeys with strings on their privates or stringer on the tail (I am confused about this part)? I mean from the description you don’t really know, also the jumpers lay eggs with the stinger. They are parasite creatures that need a host to reproduce.d. Mutant Elephants: Not a lot of information was giving on this creature, other than it was large and could lift great amounts of mass. e. Large Dinosaur Creature: This creature also eats the infected humans (the Screamers); it has a long neck, long tongue and also has alien features. f. Demon: Horned Creature that attacks the Bradley.g. Bemoth: Another large creature.Other creature (has to be large): This creature tried to push over the Bradley and left major damage to the vehicle. You never really know if it was the mutant elephants or another product of the infection because the author doesn’t do a good job being clear.2. The relationship between Sgt and Wendy!!! It feels unreal and totally acquired, plus Wendy doesn’t really act like a women, she acts more like a shell of a women. Then in 2 weeks they are so called in love! Really? How can you fell in love running from whatever these creatures are?3. The flashbacks are confusing sometimes and you have to re read some areas to get any understand of who the author is talking about. 4. The characters personalities and decisions are not logical and point blank just stupid. I was thinking that there just can’t be that many stupid characters in one book; however the author made sure that there was a lot of idiots. 5. The writing style is just plain weird, horrible and vague. 6. The only character that had promise disappears before they get to the FEMA aka Defiance camp. The things I like about this book:AnnYes, that is the only thing; she is a bad ass and has wits about herself. She knows that the government is lying about the condition of the infection. Nothing is jaded with her!!! What you see is what you get!!! I don’t think I will be reading the next book in this series and to be honest, I don’t know if I can give this author another chance to waste my hard earned book money. I am kind of sad that so many people praise horrible writers. PS...This isn't really a zombie book :-(

  • Heather Faville
    2018-10-05 06:18

    Let me start out by saying, Craig DiLouie's The Infection is not a zombie book. The creatures that the survivors in this tale encounter are not dead (unless I totally missed the dying part and if I did someone please set me straight and my apologies to, Mr DiLouie) The majority of the world's population became infected, went into coma's for 3 days and when they woke up they were vicious man eating abominations. But don't let that little piece of information take you away from considering this gem of a story.DiLouie created a vivid world of mayhem and destruction. A environment made of nightmares that I sometimes had a hard time believing anyone would WANT to survive let alone be able to. The Infection's characters were very well developed. Flashbacks are used to give the background of each individual character and the author did a wonderful job creating a past and present that I could not only envision, but one that actually had me truly caring about most of the characters and what happened to them. The descriptive elements of The Infection were intense. I would not say they were overly graphic, but they definitely left little to the imagination.I would have to say that, honestly, the only aspect of The Infection that I did not particularly care for was that the Infected mutated into various creatures. I just don't get the obsession people seem to have with mutated creatures. It is a personal preference and while it detracts a bit from the story for me, I know that a lot of readers do enjoy a grotesque transformation of a species.Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining read that I would definitely recommend to add to your shelves.

  • Travis
    2018-09-29 00:27

    I am on a zombie/spaceship/wasteland binge right now and this is in the top 10%.DiLouie has a very nice scenario which succeeds in not only suspending your disbelief but also feeding the fantasy of "what would I do if this happened to me?" The characters are distinct and he does a good job of speaking in their unique voice. In doing so he gets to explore some existential questions without slowing the pace of the story. The story goes from good to very good when you find out there is more to it than just infected people trying to kill our heroes. The descriptions are intense and there are a few scenes that stick with you - awful, scary things that keep you turning pages. Any good PA scenario has to present you with something you probably hadn't thought of - in this case (for me) it was the reality that the US military would have to find its way home from Iraq and Afghanistan and Germany. How would that happen and what would that mean? Every good Post-Apocalyptic book needs to get your imagination going, leave you with at least a signature scene that sticks with you, balances the broad (we're all going to die) with the specific (how do we survive the night) and doesn't disappoint with the resolution. This book does very well with the first three. We'll see about the resolution! Looking forward to it.

  • Aaron
    2018-09-29 06:18

    This is the second of DiLouie's zombie novels that I've read and I have to say I'm coming away really impressed. Both The Infection and the other novel, Tooth and Nail, are good reads with plenty of action and character development, but I liked The Infection somewhat better as he adds a deeper story than just the usual survival drama.NOTE: The Infection and Tooth and Nail take place in different universes and are completely unrelated works. One does hope we see a sequel to Infection though, at some point.The Infection's zombies start out normal, but you are quickly introduced to additional elements of the horde which just don't seem right. Like in a Cthulhu sort of way. In many ways this book seemed to carry echoes of David Gerrold's Chtorr novels. I'm not going to say any more lest this review become a bit spoilerish, but if you enjoy the zombie genre and like me are a bit dissatisfied with some of the zombie novels out there, pick up The Infection. You won't be sorry.A bit disturbed, perhaps, but what do you want? It IS the apocalypse. :)

  • Sarah
    2018-10-15 02:32

    I was really disappointed by this and I don't understand the 4 or 5 star reviews at all. There's no doubt that the author can write, the flashbacks were particularly well told, but the choppiness of the story, the present tense narration, oh and then the monsters...not my cup of tea at all! I wanted to give up at 15% but kept going because I always like to get 25% through a book to give it a fair chance of drawing me in as some great novels can be slow starters. So at around a quarter of the way through I actually started enjoying it, whilst still finding the present tense irritating, but there was less choppiness... Then came the worm! Well I nearly bowed out then, but continued on... Sadly at the halfway point I have to concede defeat. If post-apocalyptic tales are your thing there are much, much better examples than this. I'd like to give a split rating, 4 stars for the flash backs and 1 star for the present time! Because I couldn't finish it I can't give it more than 1 star though...

  • Beau
    2018-10-21 06:23

    If you like reading books about zombie apocalypse like Day by Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne, and then I would highly recommend you to read this book. If you have ever played the game Left for Dead two, the book line is almost identical. You have around five to six people trying to make their way through a massive city trying to survive. A toxic virus have engulfed and infected the whole city in which anyone that has been infected has been turned into "zombie like creatures." His or her main purpose is to infect and to control every living human within the city. The book starts with a group of six people Sarge, Anne, Todd, Paul, Ethan, and Wendy who tries to make it across the country in search of refuge and shelter. Their other mission is to look for other humans whom survived. If you want to see what happens at the end of this book, I would highly recommend you to read this book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about realistic fiction and fantasy. I would rate this book a 3 out of 5 stars.

  • BookBandit
    2018-09-20 04:22

    If you take it for a zombie apocalypse book, it is entertaining. The writing style is a little dry and you adopt a "meh" attitude toward the characters (the author gives you backstory of the characters, but you neither feel here or there towards them). With that said, if you take it for a zombie apocalypse tale, you get what you want: survivors from different backgrounds banding together; doomsday prepper survivalists; the good, the bad and the ugly; small/large battles against infected; the post-apocalyptic landscape (here, the U.S.A); etc.I started the 2nd book where it is clear the author improved upon the 1st (whether by experience, listening to readers, or both). The fact that I started the 2nd book is a plus.

  • Sharon
    2018-10-14 00:08

    3.75 Started out as a 4.5 but in last 20% went down to 3.75Totally blown away by Tooth And Nail !!!Loved the majority of this novel and learning about the individual characters backgrounds and turmoils throughout their journey. However ...*** Possible Spoiler *** I started out enjoying this just as much as Tooth And Nail but the last 15-20% it just lost it a bit for me. I just found it hard to take the zombie/alien take that's all as I wasn't expecting it and it didn't really explain where any of it started or came from. I just couldn't believe in elephant or monkey abominations alongside the Infected.

  • Jonathan Echevarria
    2018-09-29 00:17

    I enjoyed this book for what it was worth. The book had a lot of good ideas. I just think the book just needed a bit more focus. Some parts of this book feels too rushed toward the next idea. The story features zombies that mutate into giant lovecraftian creatures. (Kind of like the movie and Stephen King story The Mist.) This book could be turned into a best selling video game because the set up is so good. I give this book a 4.5 because I really like the concept of the book. It is my ideal post apocalyptic story to read about.

  • amber
    2018-09-20 22:10

    Better than Tooth & Nail, but there was way too much unbelievable stuff in this story. I loved the characters, but I spent most of my time feeling incredulous about what was happening.

  • Sheri White
    2018-10-15 22:31

    Great book; review to come from Permuted Press

  • S.K. Munt
    2018-10-05 23:25

    DNF. Nothing wrong with it, just not my style. May come back to it.

  • Patti
    2018-10-21 00:05

    Good solid post-apocalyptic book. Characters were way better drawn than most and the action was good.

  • Katrin
    2018-09-21 23:24

    *Abgebrochen* bei 15%Der Schreibstil gefällt mir gar nicht, die Charaktere sind mir alle nicht sympathisch und die weiteren Entwicklungen, zusätzlich zu den Infizierten sind mir zu doof.

  • Patrick D'Orazio
    2018-10-04 23:14

    The Infection starts out with a brief prologue that introduces the reader to the Screaming that initiates the apocalypse. About 20% of the population starts to scream uncontrollably and then collapse, going into a coma that lasts three days. At the end of that three days, those people who fell down wake up, and their only desire is to spread the infection to everyone else by biting and attacking them. The reader is thrust into the story a few weeks after the initial assault and we are introduced to a group of survivors roaming through Pittsburgh in a Bradley fighting vehicle. The crew of three is led by Sarge, who shares the task of leadership of the civilian survivor crew with Anne, a mysterious woman with a major hatred of the infected. Wendy, a police officer, Paul, a minister, Ethan, a math teacher, and Todd, a geeky high school student, are the other members of this brigade of survivors. The story relates their current experiences of attempting to find shelter, avoid exposure to the infected, and seeking out other survivors, while flashing back to their initial introductions to the infection, lost family members, and the horrific memories each of them has had. DiLouie does a bang up job of revealing, by inches, what we need to know about each of the players in this story. In time, they settle at a hospital, clearing it room by room, and realize there are more than just the zombie-like infected that have been introduced into this new, horrible world. As they flee the hospital, they discover an even wider assortment of alien creatures-from wormlike to giant demons that hint at something far more sinister than just a virus or plague at work. The group makes their way to a huge encampment of survivors, which reminded me of a vast, wild-west setting filled with both hope and despair as everyone tries to make due and pretend things are normal in a world turned upside down. But the needs of the mishmash of government agencies still in existence will send our survivors back out onto the road, where they must once again come to grips with the horror their world has become. After reading Tooth and Nail, I knew that Craig DiLouie had a real talent for creating compelling, real, and fascinating characters, but he ups the ante here, with each survivor in the group being given an in depth look that allows the reader to fully appreciate the pain and agony each one of them has gone through to get to survive to this point, and why they have a willingness to stick with one another through the hell their existence has become. This is an apocalyptic novel, but I can't say that it falls exactly into the realm of a zombie novel; instead, it is a hybrid that provides plenty of brand new terrors to mess with your head. Alien creatures with little to no real explanation make this story unique, though this did remind me of other works I have read prior to this, such as The Mist, from Stephen King. I am positive a sequel is in the works and perhaps that will reveal some answers about the creatures that have invaded this world, but there appear to be no explanations on these pages, only a bit of conjecture on the part of one of the characters. I am not sure if I am griping about this-not knowing what is actually going on-because the characters themselves don't know anything either. They are just trying to survive, and in some cases, kill as many of these abominations as they possibly can. Another minor quibble I have is something I have grown used to over the course of this novel and DiLouie's previous one-the fact that the author moves into present tense on occasion, which feels a bit jarring when it occurs. It offers up an urgency, a sense of "now" to the story, but it also serves as a minor reading distraction in my humble opinion. Those very minor quibbles aside, this is an excellent book of the apocalypse, creative and wild from the start; from how the infection occurs to the results it yields, and the characters that inhabit its pages are just about as compelling as any I have ever seen.

  • Chrissieskleinewelt
    2018-10-17 23:29

    Rezi: Seuche unbekannten Ursprungs überrollt die Menschheit und stürzt diese in den Abgrund. Die wenigen Überlebenden versuchen ihren Weg zu gehen. Der Leser begleitet fünf davon, zusammen mit dem kläglichen Rest einer Militäreinheit und ihrem Panzer. Sie müssen sich alle mit Horden von Infizierten und anderen schrecklichen Mutanten herumschlagen auf der Suche nach Nahrung, Wasser, Benzin und einem sicheren Ort zum Verweilen. Doch jedes Gruppenmitglied hat auch eigene innere Dämonen zu tragen.Craig DiLouie wirft den Leser sofort in das Geschehen hinein, so dass ich die ersten 50 Seiten trotz eines gut lesbaren Schreibstils leichte Orientierungslosigkeit verspürt habe. Ich musste mich anfangs zurechtfinden, die Charaktere zu sortieren lernen und einen Zugang zur Geschichte finden. Danach konnte man der Handlung aber ohne Probleme folgen. Sie ist rasant, actiongeladen, aber trotzdem auch charakterdefinierend geschrieben.Sehr gut gefallen hat mit der Charakterausbau. Obwohl man es mit einer relativen Fülle von Protagonisten zu tun bekommt, wird doch für jeden Platz geschaffen um seine Geschichte zu erzählen. Jede Handlungsperson ist anders in die globale Katastrophe hineingeraten und hat sie anders bewältigt und dennoch haben alle zueinander gefunden. DiLouie zeigt hier ein sehr realistisches Menschenbild auf, da jede Person sowohl gute als auch schlechte Seiten besitzt und demnach auch nicht besonders glorreiche Dinge getan hat.Gefehlt hat mir bei “Dead” durch das ganze Buch hindurch der rote Faden. Die Überlebenden versuchen ihren Weg zu finden, jeden treibt auch irgend etwas an, dennoch fehlte mir ein allgemeiner Handlungsstrang, der mich als Leser an die Hand nimmt und mich einem Ziel entgegenführt oder auf dem Weg dorthin scheitern lässt.Obwohl man es anhand des Titels und des Covers vermuten könnte, handelt es sich bei “Dead” streng genommen um keinen Zombieroman. Bereits sehr früh wird klar, dass die infizierten Menschen zwar ähnlich wie die wandelnden Toten agieren, jedoch nie gestorben sind. Für mich liegt in dieser Tatsache ein sehr großes, dramatisches Potential, welches leider nicht ausgearbeitet wurde. Ich hätte mir gewünscht, dass wenigstens ein paar Personen Probleme damit hätten, dass sie lebende Menschen wahllos umbringen. An solchen Themen könnte man Protagonisten zerbrechen lassen und der Geschichte dadurch weitaus mehr Dramatik geben. In diesem Buch wurde aber einfach gemetzelt und die wenigen Anspielungen auf das frühere Leben der Infizierten sind kaum der Rede wert.Stattdessen gibt es neben den Horden von Infizierten noch Mutanten, die direkt der Hölle entsprungen zu sein scheinen. Warum muss man bei einer bereits existierenden, schrecklichen Bedrohung noch solche Dinge einbauen? Fand ich etwas schade.“Dead” von Craig DiLouie war für mich als Zombieromanleser ein durchschnittliches Werk, dass aber bei Liebhabern von actiongeladenen, schnellen und rasanten Geschichten mit Horrorelementen durchaus Anklang finden kann.

  • Colleen
    2018-10-09 00:18

    A very different book, which is something in a genre filled with cliches. I don't know if this even falls into a zombie classification entirely. It's far more Lovecraftian -- to the point where I personally would have given up very early if I survived the first wave.The author puts a spin on the usual zombie origin tale, and I always like when authors do this, so I'm not sure why more don't stray from the standard "get bit or scratched, in a few hours, turn, and become slow zombie"--sometimes you get slow & fast zombies, sometimes turn faster/slower, but that's usually what authors go with. In this book, 1 out of 5 people in the world begin screaming and fall down. They're not dead, but in comas. Naturally, world wide bedlam at this, people go door to door checking on neighbors, and bringing all the "infected" to the hospital or home-care. Three days later, those infected get up. There's fast zombies, slow zombies, thirty foot tentacle monsters, horned truck sized demons, little scorpion monkeys that impregnate you, humongous worms, gooey egg sacs, etc. Zombies really are the least of anyone's concern. The other thing I appreciate is that so many zombie books involve humanity falling apart immediately, generally from the moment the first zombie shambles towards the Army Guard shack, might as well just begin the stopwatch to totally being overrun--this book does something daring and people actually fight back credibly. That might be the one part this book overreaches on just a tiny bit-- a cop, a preacher, a teenaged nerd, a school teacher, and a Home Owners Association Vice President would become such an elite fighting team so soon and the amount they fight back. Also the refugee camp having 130,000+. It depicts the awfulness of that well, with the silver lining of people volunteering to do grunt clerical work, I just was doubtful of people holding to together against THAT kind of monsters. But hey, I think author makes a very good case that in the awfulness of situations (like in this book) there are some people that band together and become heroes. It's not cornily done, each of the characters in their own way screws up in the book, and I marveled to myself at points how well he did the characters. Very disparate voices and flashbacks (which I enjoyed), and none of them cardboard or hackneyed. A few parts of the book felt a tiny bit uneven, but overall an impressive entry. I'll have to check out more by this author.

  • Justin
    2018-10-08 02:29

    I just finished Craig DiLouie's The Infection and my head is still spinning. With the sheer volume of zombie and other post-apocalyptic novels on the market, it takes a lot to really get my attention, and The Infection had me at the very first chapter.The basic premise is this: a strange pandemic strikes the globe, causing roughly 4 of every 5 people to collapse screaming, where they'll lay comatose for days. When they awaken, the Infected proceed to attack and infect everyone they come in contact with. As if that wasn't enough, soon strange new creatures - monsters, really - start to appear alongside the Infected, making the threat to the few remaining survivors that much more grave.The Infection follows a band of survivors - some military, some civilian - who cross the ravaged country in an armored vehicle looking for safety, security, and something to cling to in a world that has almost completely fallen apart. These people - be they priest, soldier, cop, housewife or awkward teen - are some of the most realistic, living, breathing characters I've run across outside of a Stephen King book, and their depth and uniqueness has a great deal to do with the impact The Infection has.The Infection reads like 28 Days Later [Blu-ray] meets The Mist (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]. DiLouie tells a very compelling tale not only about survival in the face of unimaginable horror, but of what the average person has to sacrifice and realize about himself just to make it another day, another hour. Aside from the fascinating characters and very natural dialogue, DiLouie serves up a fast pace, nearly non-stop action, and fight scenes so realistic that you can almost smell the smoke, hear every impact and taste the sweat. My only complaint is that it's very short on explanations, so don't expect easy answers in this one. Actually, that brings me to my second gripe...the fact that a sequel is not available IMMEDIATELY! Waiting to see what happens to this impossible band of survivors is going to be very, very tough.I don't toss out 5-star reviews lightly, but The Infection definitely earned it. It's one of the very best post-apocalyptic books on the market, and is a must-read book for every fan of this kind of survival horror story.

  • Rynn Yumako
    2018-09-22 06:07

    Well, I finished it. Barely.I didn't care for any of our survivors, and if I'm being completely honest, I felt detached and kind of bored the whole way through even with the constant action thrown at me. It's a shame, because Suffer the Children was one of my favorite books of last year and I was expecting that kind of impact from this story, too, but it never even came close to engaging me.The Infection itself was an okay spin on the usual walking dead stuff, and near the end we got a glimpse of how the Infected thought and saw the world around them. That, I had no problem with, more of that would have been nice. I was also intrigued by the Demons that grew out of some of the Infected, but they were never really explored beyond their cheap use as shock value. But back to our characters, who were all just so... boring? stupid? unbelievably unlikeable? It all comes down to this: you can have the most amazing world-building and unique set-up, if your characters make me want to strangle them. It might be just me, but every one of them was just irritating to no end, most of the time reacted to things like no normal human would, and made choices that made me roll my eyes so hard they almost fell out of my head. The writing style was also quite simple, and while the many POVs of the outbreak were okay, they got repetitive after a while. As you can probably guess by now, I did not like this book. I'll give it 1.5 stars, since there were a few moments that kept me going, the main set-up was kind of original, and some of the action scenes were okay.

  • Jennifer
    2018-09-25 06:11

    There were parts of this story that I absolutely loved and parts that I thought were a bit corny.First the good: I really love the descriptions of the infected. There were times that I felt I was standing there looking them in the face. I also loved that this isn't a typical shambling dead novel. The infected aren't mindless, they are part of a brood. They don't bite to kill and eat, they bite to infect and make the brood stronger. I also loved that the infected mutate into other monsters, some of them reminding me slightly of the film "Cloverfield". I don't want to say more and possibly ruin the book for someone. Now the bad: I felt like some of the relationships in the story we're well... a bit lame. Not the relationships per se, but the way the author portrayed them. Sarge and Wendy, for example... Just some of the dialogue between the two seemed really cheesy. Especially when Sarge calls her "Private Babe". I just cringed and hoped it wouldn't happen again. The only other thing I didn't really enjoy was Anne's back story. I loved her character, don't get me wrong. But her back story makes her character seem like... bullshit, I guess. I understand that at the end of the world people will change... more so especially after losing their entire family. But you don't just acquire skills, such as how to become an absolute bad ass with a rifle, picking off infected at range. Just not believable. But despite the bad, the good far outweighs it! I really did enjoy this story.