Book Review: The Troop by Nick Cutter

The Troop by Nick Cutter

Publisher: Gallery Books

Publication Date: February 25, 2014 (first published January 1st, 2014)

Edition: Hardcover, 358 pages

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Rating: 3.5/5

This was a book that made from skin crawl. From the writing, to the characters, to the story itself – I was squirming in my chair.


Boy Scouts live by the motto “Be Prepared.” However, nothing can prepare this group of young boys and their scoutmaster for what they encounter on a small, deserted island, as they settle down for a weekend of campfires, merit badges, and survival lessons.

Everything changes when a haggard stranger in tattered clothing appears out of nowhere and collapses on the campers’ doorstep. Before the night is through, this stranger will end up infecting one of the troop’s own with a bioengineered horror that’s straight out of their worst nightmares. Now stranded on the island with no communication to the outside world, the troop learns to battle much more than the elements, as they are pitted against something nature never intended…and eventually each other.

Disclaimer first: I read this book a while ago, memory a bit joggy, and I have a nasty blood blister on my finger causing me to be down a finger when I am typing. I can still type, it just takes longer and that a little aggravating. So memory and injury will cause me to keep this review brief.

Nick does a great, great job at character development. I was really able to feel and relate to each on kids. Each kid was also distinctly different too. None of them felt like stereotypical teenagers, and relationships he build with them felt very real for how teenagers would react if this we’re a real life situations.

Very descriptive, nasty, detailed writing. Perfect for this story.

The pandemic of choice and location was great. The situation is unoriginal – pandemic in isolated location and causes people to survive on own – but the author makes it unique in his own way, and never really felt like a “I’ve read this story before”.

Downsides –  like I said, the general idea of story has been done before, so at times was pretty easy to guess what coming next, and nothing really blew my mind about this story to get it up to the 4 rating.

Still a great story, liked the descriptive writing and character development, and the horror pandemic thing will make your skin crawl.

3.5/5 Rating


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