I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Troop by Nick Cutter
Published by Simon and Schuster on Feb. 25th
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Also by this author: Little Heaven
Once every year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip—a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story around a roaring bonfre. Te boys are a tight-knit crew. Tere’s Kent, one of the most popular kids in school; Ephraim and Max, also well-liked and easygoing; then there’s Newt the nerd and Shelley the odd duck. For the most part, they all get along and are happy to be there—which makes Scoutmaster Tim’s job a little easier. But for some reason, he can’t shake the feeling that something strange is in the air this year. Something waiting in the darkness. Something wicked . . .
It comes to them in the night. An unexpected intruder, stumbling upon their campsite like a wild animal. He is shockingly thin, disturbingly pale, and voraciously hungry—a man in unspeakable torment who exposes Tim and the boys to something far more frightening than any ghost story. Within his body is a bioengineered nightmare, a horror that spreads faster than fear. One by one, the boys will do things no person could ever imagine.
And so it begins. An agonizing weekend in the wilderness. A harrowing struggle for survival. No possible escape from the elements, the infected . . . or one another.
Part Lord of the Flies, part 28 Days Later—and all-consuming—this tightly written, edge-of-your seat thriller takes you deep into the heart of darkness, where fear feeds on sanity . . . and terror hungers for more.
The Troop was an intense, grotesque horror novel and it might not be for everyone. I like horror novels but sometimes I am a little put off by the fowl language and really graphic descriptions.
It starts off with reports of The Hungry Man, a man who came through a cafe and eat a ton of food before leaving and never paid. This same man is now on a boat and headed towards an island. He is so hungry, he can’t help but want to just eat everything. He is so hungry that even a dead raccoon was really looking good.
On this same island are a scoutmaster and his troop, they do this yearly trek to this island every year. It’s suppose to be a fun time, but once this man comes into there camp everything turns to disaster. He brings to the camp something horrible, something that is inside him and is devouring him from the inside and it makes him so hungry.
In between what is going on at the campsite you get glimpses of what it ‘s that is inside the man and now invading the others at the campsite. Some scientist were doing an experiment. They were wanting to make a new weight lose pill and thought that it would make them lots of money. We get glimpses of the different experiments that are done on animals. They did this experiment on humans and that is where this hungry man comes from. He escaped and went to the island. (I would never be this desperate to lose weight..EVER)
We also find out that the military has quarantined the island. They don’t know that there is a scout troop on the island as they think it is deserted. They just think the man with the disease is on the island. The boy’s are hoping for a rescue that is never going to come.
Tension rises within the boys as they realize their scoutmaster has what ever that stranger had. Each boy on that island seem like sane individuals around their scoutmaster but you find out that they are a little disturbed. Shelley especially is a strange one and I do believe he could have grown up to be a serial killer with some of the thoughts he has, plus the memories of things he already has done.
These boys are left to fiend for themselves with knowing that there is something strange inside that stranger and that it’s contagious. I am sure it would take a psychological toll on anyone, but especially a group of frightened teenage boys. Each boy finds themselves doing things they might never have done if it wasn’t for that thing on the island and being left on their own. (Except for Shelley, I think he was enjoying himself just a little to much.)
I have never read Lord of the Flies but this novel is being said to be a toss between that and 28 days later. I found this novel to be a little bit eerie and suspenseful, but at times a tad bit boring. I have never been a fan of the over indulgence that some have when it comes to descriptions. (It took them forever to kill a turtle, I know it was hard for them but at the same time it was like oh just kill it and put it out of it’s misery.) I can see somewhat the need for some long spills about what is going on inside the teenagers, especially once they are invaded by those nasty little things. I tend to skip over some of it to find out what is going to happen next.
I can’t say that this book is really scary in anyway, it’s more eerie and slightly gross than scary. Overall, I found it to be okay, but it might not be for some people. If your a horror fan then I advise you to check it out for yourself as I think when it comes to this genre, it’s always hit and miss with everyone.