In Infested, The Taking of Jake Livingston meets Cemetery Boys in this YA ghost story about a Puerto Rican teen’s battle with a malevolent spirit targeting his apartment building and the all-too-real horrors of gentrification.
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It’s the summer before senior year, and Manny has just moved from Texas to the Bronx in New York. So, instead of hanging with his friends and making some spending money, Manny is forced to do menial tasks in his new home, a luxury condo his stepdad is managing, while stressing about starting over.
Thankfully, he meets Sasha, who is protesting the building but turns out to be really cool. And he strikes up an unlikely friendship with Mr. Mueller, the building’s exterminator. Maybe life in the Bronx won’t be so bad.
Then the nightmares begin. And Manny swears he has roaches crawling under his skin. When building contractors start to go missing, Manny and Sasha come to the terrifying realization that Mr. Mueller is not who he says he is. Or rather, he is, but he died decades ago in a fire exactly where Manny’s new building is located. A fire that Mueller set.
Now, in a race against time, Manny must rescue his family from a deranged specter determined to set the Bronx ablaze once again.
Reviews for Infested
“Infested expertly mixes mystery and monster story with family drama and very now political concerns. It’s a thrilling, I-can’t-stop-reading page-turner. If Infested doesn’t make your skin crawl, check your pulse.” —Paul Tremblay, bestselling author of The Cabin at the End of the World and A Head Full of Ghosts
Creepy and crawly! This horror thriller did not disappoint. Our main character, Manny, moves from Texas to New York for his stepdad’s job of managing an apartment building. It’s infested with roaches. Ok, I’ll admit it, I’ve been rubbing my skin for a week! The exterminator isn’t who he seems and the roaches won’t leave Manny alone. This book isn’t for the faint of heart. There are roaches everywhere including being puked. Ughh.
There is great representation of most any teenager, from making friends to dealing with his mom and stepdad. Sasha is full of sass and isn’t afraid to speak up and act out, can’t help but love her. The author did a great (and sometimes too good) job of putting us in the scenes. The pace of the book was on mark. Overall, it’s a good book if you can handle the infestation!
About the Author
Angel Luis Colón is the Derringer Award– and Anthony Award–nominated author of Hell Chose Me, the Blacky Jaguar series of novellas, No Happy Endings, and the short story collection Meat City on Fire and Other Assorted Debacles. His work has also appeared in multiple web and print publications including Thuglit, Literary Orphans, and Great Jones Street. Infested is his debut young adult novel.
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