February 16th, 2009

Kitty: Angry Calico

Sigler, Scott: Infected

Infected (2008)
Edited by: Scott Sigler
Genre: Science Fiction Thriller
Pages: 339

The premise: yet another novel in the ever-popular genre of humans getting infected by alien/viruses/parasites, Infected follows the mystery of how seemingly benign Americans suddenly go psycho and start murdering everyone around them. It's a mystery that attracts the attention of the CIA and the CDC, and everyone's trying to find one of these victims ALIVE to figure out what's making them go loco. Enter in Perry Dawsey, former linebacker now desk-jockey, who wakes up with the rash from hell and soon discovers that he's got a battle of his own to fight, because whatever's growing in his body is determined to take over.

My Rating

Wish I'd Borrowed It: this book reads like another one of those fast-paced, thriller SF novels for people who don't really read SF. Despite what the rave reviews are telling me, this is no mash of Chuck Palahniuk and Michael Crichton, at least, not a pleasing enough mash for me to really sit back and enjoy this novel. Sigler does great work with extraordinarily gruesome detail, I'll give him that, but I didn't care about the characters, and really the premise didn't pay off the slightest. It may be the first book in a larger trilogy/series, but I'm not reading any further.

The full review, which only includes very VAGUE spoilers and cover art commentary, may be found in my LJ. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome.


Happy Reading!