Once a 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 bonfire. But when an unexpected intruder stumbles upon their campsite—shockingly thin, disturbingly pale, and voraciously hungry—Tim and the boys are exposed to something far more frightening than any tale of terror. The human carrier of a bioengineered nightmare. A horror that spreads faster than fear. A harrowing struggle for survival with no escape from the elements, the infected…or each other.
I love stories that scares me and creeps into my dreams after I reluctantly put down the book to sleep. The Troop by Nick Cutter (The pen name of author Craig Davidson) did just that for me. It had me turning pages in excitement and made me feel uncomfortable in that way that horror literature should do.
The five boy scouts had me reminded of certain stereotypes that everyone sees in their early teens. Some I could relate to and some just plain scared me. Craig Davidson writes in a way that make you sit on the edge of your seat and the details around some of the incidents were amazingly gross. It took me back to the time when I would curl up under the sheets, all alone in the house and watch scary movies or read frightening books and almost jump out of the bed from the tiniest sounds.
I have not felt that way in a while and if you love a scare, just like me, then I would recommend you to read The Troop.
One of my favorite quotes from the book:
“Do you want to know the best, most effective transmitter of contagion known to man?
Edgerton asks me with a pinprick of mad light dancing in each iris.
It’s love. Love is the absolute killer. Care. The milk of human kindness. People try so hard to save the people they love that they end up catching the contagion themselves. They give comfort, deliver aid, and in doing so they acquire the infection. Then those people are cared for by others and they get infected. On and on it goes. He shrugs. But that’s people. People care too much. They love at all costs. And so they pay the ultimate price.”
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