Infected was chosen by my book club for November and I was completely intrigued by the cover and blurb.
The story starts off slow despite it taking place on the night of a meteor shower that only happens every 5000 years. It’s a great place to start the novel, but it felt like the story was dragging for awhile.
Besides that, the only thing I didn’t care for was what felt like a lack of confidence in the reader to figure out things on their own. This only took place near the beginning, but to explain, it was like every time something “telling” would happen in concerns to something not being right, the MC would go, “I have a bad feeling about this.”
And I’m going, your mother coughed . . . that is NOT enough to make you have chills and worry and panic. I liked that the signs something was not right were subtle, but it was ruined by the MC blatantly calling attention to the foreshadowing. I’d like to have figured out on my own or had things be obviously wrong so it made sense that the MC was going “oh my gosh, this isn’t right.”
Fortunately, that only lasted for I’d say 15-20% of the book and wasn’t enough for me to want to stop reading, because there IS this wonderful sense that things are going to go horribly wrong and like a trainwreck, you can’t tear your eyes away.
Everything else about this story was wonderful. It was creepy, it was riveting. I had lots of blankets, and cats to cuddle with while reading because especially around the 30% mark things started snowballing and I spent most of my time going AHHHHHH AHHHHH. It was insane. Nothing was going right. Alex couldn’t trust anyone.
This would make a perfectly terrifying movie. I can see it now. Alex walks into the room, and all emotionless eyes swing towards her.
I don’t read “scary” books, so I’m not saying this was horrifying keep you up at night kind of scary. This was one of those fascinating, suspenseful scary things to read. I could put myself in this world, imagine how it’d feel, and I’m (figuratively) shaking Alex and shouting RUN RUN RUN!!!!
I was up late last night reading it because I couldn’t leave in the middle of a tense spot, but then it was like . . . it’s crazy-making, there is no spot where I can stop. So I forced myself to put the book down and return to it this morning.
I don’t want to comment on the plot because it’s so important to experience that for yourself. I loved the characters of Alex, Jake, and Chris. I was scared for them and this is really an amazing book for hooking the reader (after the slow start) and keeping them on the edge of their seat in a near panic waiting for the other shoe to drop.