Or man messes about with nature….yet again , and chaos reigns. Except in The Troop ,an errr troop of 14 year old scouts and their scout leader are trapped on a small island when…..lets just say for the sake of spoilers ,a contagion breaks out and things take a decided turn for the worst. Of course that is not the only thing going on in this novel. There is the interaction between the boys themselves and how that affects the group dynamic. There is the one with the hair trigger temper, the more subdued, subservient one, the alpha male and then there is the one with the dead eyes and a history of torturing animals. Add to the narrative are slipped in chapters that help explain the back story of how all this came about and it is slowly revealed that The Troop has consequently more going for it than lads go batty on a deserted island. In fact some of these are probably the most disturbing revelations of all and showcase how a misplaced quest for knowledge and discovery can be a force for anything but good. I found this novel a little difficult to get into at first but once the scenario has been fully incorporated it became more compelling . As a horror novel The Troop is highly effective and quite extreme, it is however as an implicit warning about messing with things best left alone that this novel works best.
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