The Troop by Nick Cutter


After this book I don’t think I will ever be able to look at a worm again with the same sense of innocence. Instead I will be plagued by visual images induced by the creatures in this story.
It has every element a horror story needs to supply the reader with a multitude of emotions, everything from anger, disgust, horror, pity and fear.
Even at the age of fourteen the boys are already set in their temperaments and personalities. They are on the cusp of adulthood and developing their stag antlers and asserting their rank in the pack. In these kind of desperate situations the true strengths and weaknesses become more evident. However that also means the more disturbing character traits also rise to the surface. This is the case when it comes to one of the boys, who not only wants to hurt and kill others, he actually derives pleasure from the mad situation and uses it to his own sick advantage.
Simultaneously the creation of this creature as a possible bio-weapon that causes contamination, murder and mayhem on a global scale is a scary scenario, especially when you consider the reaction of the powers that be to such a threat. They would without a doubt cut their losses and take a few lives to save many. Kind of bad news for the people stuck with the infected.
On the island a game of cat and mouse ensues between the boys, despite the fact they are also in danger of becoming breeding grounds for the worms.
It was a great read, a wee bit creepy mind you.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.


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