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Review: The Troop by Nick Cutter

10. October 2018

GENRE & SYNOPSIS

Horror/Adult Fiction/Thriller/Science Fiction

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.

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RATING & REVIEW

★★★★☆/5

The Troop was like a wild buy. I saw people talking about it on Instagram, and I just found it to be so intriguing – especially when Stephen King comments on it. So I had to try it out. The Troop, to me, is like that classic horror book that takes our phobias and packs it with a plot-line that reminds me of those typical B-rated horror movies that kids watch for the giggles.

The Troop had such a strong base of characters that were so carefully executed – everyone from the Scoutmaster to the young boys he’s taking with him to the island. I loved the characters in this book, and I felt like all the boys brought something interesting to the story. They all kind of showed the different types of kids; the jock, the nerd, the strange kid, the popular kid and so on. And all the characters felt so beautifully paired up, to where I felt like this was real. I also loved how it progressed from just boys being boys, to every kid showing their true colors.

I think what I struggled with, was the fact that Nick Cutter felt like he needed to put in reports and interviews and newspaper clippings in the book to kind of “explain” the background of the book. I would have liked to see it in another way. The Troop could have been better with some smart thinking on that part, because it kind of ruined the flow while reading it.

I think that when a group of people end up in survival mode, everyone will show who they truly are. They’ll have sides to them that have never come forward before, and all of these characters had that, and some of it was totally unexpected (but in a good way). I think that it could have been a little more scary, it was gross at times, but never at the point where I was scared so much I wanted to put it down just to make sure I was in the real world. So I think this book could have taken it up a notch, but all in all it was a great classical horror book. It brought something unexpected and fun to the table, and Nick Cutter’s writing was amazing throughout the whole book.

FAVORITE MOMENTS

  • “It is a fact that cannot be denied: the wickedness of others becomes our own wickedness because it kindles something evil in our own hearts” (p. 14).
  • That naivety of kids when they believe that everything will be alright because it “always” does; “And when they returned, everything would be fine. They sincerely believed this because, up until that very point in their existence, it was a fact that had always held true“. (p. 41).
  • Why should be respect adults – because they were older? Why, if that age hadn’t come with wisdom?” (p. 50)
  • When Shelley started to show his true colors and it was the most scary thing about the book (p. 66).
  • When the kids locked Tim up (p. 106).
  • When the boys turned on Kent (p. 154).
  • When Max and Newton killed the turtle, and they instantly felt bad for it (p. 221).
  • When Kent realized all the things he was never going to experience, and it totally broke my heart (p. 239)
  • When Ephraim was on fire (p. 283)
  • When Newt was sad over the fact that he killed his flour baby (p. 311)
  • When Max was running with the flare and it went out and on (p. 334)

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