The Troop

The Troop - Nick Cutter Well-written, hideously repulsive, and more than a little reminiscent of THE RUINS by Scott Smith, I wanted to like this more than I did. A quick read, fun in a vile way, and certainly a solid example of horror, it's nevertheless a difficult one to fully recommend. I'd be interested in seeing what Cutter/Davidson could do with a more original and less gruesome subject matter, as at times I felt he got a little too gleefully over the top with certain scenes. But then I'm a believer that gore and violence should compliment the story and not be the reason for it. I also wasn't completely convinced by the behavior of some of the younger characters, particularly when it dealt with an adult level of madness.

Oh, and if you're an animal lover, avoid this one like the plague. There are several scenes of explicitly detailed animal-torture.

PROS:

Competently written, and well-structured.
Impressively tense set-pieces.
Relentless pace.
Interesting "antagonist(s)".
Solid science.
Good ending.

CONS:

Setup and some scenes oddly (and at times, blatantly) reminiscent of THE RUINS.
Some cliched characters.
Gore too over the top, too-often, and too lovingly (almost salaciously) described.
Character developments did not ring true in certain scenes.


3.5 stars out of 5.