I went into reading The Troop with very high hopes. A blurb from Stephen King saying that it scared him. All of my Goodreads friends had rated it 4 or 5 stars. There was no way it was going to be a miss, right??
Well…yeah. I just didn’t like it very much.
A group of Boy Scouts go on an annual camping trip with their scoutmaster to an island. The boys are at an age where this will probably be the final time they think it’s cool to do this. Some are already starting to push boundaries and test limits. One is a leader, one is a nerd, another is the angry boy, then the loner and finally the normal one (who happens to be the son of the coroner.) A man infected with something drives a boat onto the island and the scoutmaster makes the mistake of trying to help him. The results are disastrous.
Almost the entire time reading The Troop, I kept saying to myself – “I’ve read this before.” An infected person escapes and causes a disease to spread (The Stand). A group of boys/men has an unintended adventure (Dreamcatcher). They fight against the ‘evil’ (It). The children start to turn on each other (Lord of the Flies). Tapeworms are deadly (Parasite). Probable government involvement in the outbreak (almost every conspiracy theory out there). A little bit of Alien thrown in – very descriptive and gross, by the way.
While I can see why some did enjoy this, it may be a case that I’ve just read too many horror novels and it’s hard to really surprise, scare or even impress me. Sad to say that I would rate this one 2/5.
Thank you to the publisher for providing an E-ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.