So, this is a series of reviews I’ve been thinking about getting into. I won’t be doing it every Wednesday, but Wednesday is the day I will be using for books that might not be for everyone. This is a day for horror, gore, violence and perhaps a bit of splatterpunk.
The Troop by Nick Cutter is a graphic and stomach churning read – if you’re sensitive to graphic descriptions of violence, illness or anything close to that, do not read this book. However, if this is what you’re in to, i highly recommend this read 😉
Trigger warnings: Violence, starvation, contagion, animal abuse, children in danger, teen boys with boners…
Title: The Troop
Author: Nick Cutter
Genre: Horror | Thriller | Science Fiction
Published: 25th of February 2014
ABOUT THE BOOK
Once a year, scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a three-day camping trip; a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story and a roaring bonfire. But when an unexpected intruder — shockingly thin, disturbingly pale, and voraciously hungry — stumbles upon their campsite, Tim and the boys are exposed to something far more frightening than any tale of terror. The human carrier of a bioengineered nightmare. An inexplicable horror that spreads faster than fear. A harrowing struggle for survival that will pit the troop against the elements, the infected … and one another.
“His fear was whetted to such a fine edge that he could actually feel it now: a disembodied ball of baby fingers inside his stomach, tickling him from the inside. That’s what mortal terror felt like, he realized. Tiny fingers tickling you from the inside.”
MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THE BOOK
“You’ve never heard of the tapeworm diet?” Well, have you? Have you heard of the tapeworm diet? This book is a bit along those same lines, but on a whole different level. It’s graphic, squirmy and just wild. I had SO much fun with this book! I’ve been itching for something stomach churning and Nick Cutter served!
The tapeworm diet works by swallowing a pill that has a tapeworm egg inside. When the egg eventually hatches, the tapeworm will grow inside your body and eat whatever you’re eating. The idea is that you can eat whatever you want and still lose weight because the tapeworm is eating all your “extra” calories.Healthline.com
The subject of the tapeworm diet might give you an idea of where this book is going and Cutter describes the events in perfectly disgusting details.
We alternate between following a group of young boys, their lives and cut outs of newspapers and scientific documents covering the incident that happened on the island where the boys were camping.
“They say cockroaches will be the last things left on earth after a nuclear holocaust. Don’t believe it. The last thing on earth will be a worm in the guts of those cockroaches, sucking them dry.”
Now, I’m not well-versed in the sciences – especially not anything with biology – so how accurate this infestation of the body is I don’t know. I can say, though, that it feels accurate. Cutter doesn’t only describe the physical feeling and reactions well, but he also plays with the psyche. He has written the characters well and they all have their own personality and thought processes, which really adds to the story. I don’t want to get too in to the characters, because I’d like for you to get to know them on your own.
MY FAVOURITE PART
It’s difficult picking out a favourite part. There were so many awesome moments, but if I had to pick, it’ll be an incident in a cave with a severely infested person “giving birth”. I can almost hear the sloshing sounds!
MY LEAST FAVOURITE PART
Animal abuse with a side a of teen boy boner. Just warning you. I did not like this.
NOW, WHO’D ENJOY THIS?
If you’re a sick bastard who enjoys extreme descriptive horror, and you haven’t had enough of severely infectious diseases, this is a book for you!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR – taken from Goodreads
I’ve been asked to set this up by The Powers That Be, and I’m more than happy to, although I can’t really say much about myself seeing as Nick Cutter doesn’t exactly exist—he’s a pen name. A cool, tough pen name! Your mileage will vary on whether you agree, but that was the thinking. Horror writers should have crisp, punchy names. Stephen King. Clive Barker. Nick Cutter. Not that I’m putting myself in their league, no way no how, but I’m just saying that was the idea behind the name.
Personally, I wanted to be known as Lemondrop Pennyfeather, but that suggested nom de plume was cruelly stricken down.
Aaaanywhoo, I’ve written this book, The Troop. Do you like horror books? Do you like Boy Scouts (not in a weird, Canteen-Boyish way, but in a nostalgic way)? Do you like seeing said Boy Scouts confront a vicious enemy on an isolated Island off the coast of Prince Edward Island? If you said yes to one or more of these questions, you may enjoy this book.
As for me: I’ve written a few other books under another name (the one my parents gave me). A few story collections, a few novels. One of them even got turned into a movie. I’ve written for magazines and newspapers, too. I cobble together a living with my pen, is what I’m trying to say—by hook or by crook. It’s a lean living sometimes, but it’s by and large an enjoyable one.
I live in Toronto with my fiancee and our baby boy, Nick … so, yeah, the pen name is a little bit of an honorific for my son, too; we’ll see, in time, if he thinks that was such a hot idea!
If you have any questions or want to know more, please shoot me a question. I’m pretty good about responding.
(but not really)