Title: The Troop
Author: Nick Cutter
Published: Published July 22nd 2014 by Pocket Books (first published January 7th 2014)
Notes: Prepare yourself for gore and scary situations. It's a blast!
Early 2014 I was listening to NPR and heard a long segment (no pun intended--you'll see) about this book. I immediately put it in my "to read" list on goodreads. I finally got around to purchasing the book (I had a giftcard to Barnes & Noble and figured it was the best time to do it) and am so glad I did! I love a good scary story and with Stephen King saying it scared the hell out of him, I knew I'd love it.
This novel centers around a handful of scouts and their scoutmaster. Every year they do a weekend excursion on Flagstaff island where they camp, earn badges, and just have fun. This year is different though. A man arrives on their island by boat with a horrible affliction--super mutant worms!! From there, full on contagion and the troop is fighting to survive.
There's two things I really love about this book. One: you really delve into the psyche of each character. There's so much raw emotion and with them being young teens, there's a lot of naivety. Two: you get little glimpses on how eastern coast of the US is dealing with this contagion and those responsible for it.
I was kept on my toes the entire time and that is not easy to do. The person I was rooting for didn't make it. But that's what makes a good book! What you are so used to seeing doesn't happen here!
This book is close to perfect. I knock a star simply for killing my favorite character. I can be petty like that if I want.