Infected (novel)

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Cover artwork for 2008 first edition hardcover
Author Scott Sigler
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Crown Publishing
Publication date
2008 (print),
2006 (podcast)
Media type Print (2008 novel and e-book),
Pages 352
ISBN 978-0-307-40610-1
Followed by Contagious

Infected is a science fiction novel by author Scott Sigler. The novel was initially released in 2006 in podcast format with a print release in 2008 by Crown Publishing, with Sigler continuing to offer the podcast version online.[1] The book was initially titled Infested,[2] with the name changing in order to distance itself from a movie releasing with a similar title.[3]


The book follows several characters as they deal with an alien invasion on the microscopic level. The narration is primarily through the perspectives of Perry Dawsey, an ex-football player with an anger problem, and Margaret Montoya, an epidemiologist with the CDC who is investigating a strange disease that turns seemingly normal people into murderers.


  • Perry Dawsey
  • Dew Phillips
  • Margaret Montoya
  • Bill Miller


Critical reception for Infected has been mixed, with Monsters and Critics praising the book's action and pacing.[4] The San Francisco Chronicle panned the book, stating that the book's intensity "might work in a series of cliff-hanging audio episodes, but as a novel to be read in a few sittings, "Infected" can't rise above its overheated prose and rote characterizations.[5] The Guardian also reviewed Infected, criticizing the book's "portentous cliff-hangers and one-dimensional characters".[6]

The Sacramento News's Bibliolatry praised Infected, calling it "imaginative, gross, frightening, suspenseful, funny, thought-provoking and sick in the "omigawd-I-wanna-barf" way".[7] BookReporter and Publishers Weekly also positively reviewed the book,[8] with BookReporter citing the character of Perry Dawsey as the "heart" of the book.[9]



Infected was formerly optioned by Rogue Pictures and Random House Films,[10] with the option having lapsed in 2010.[11]

Graphic novel[edit]

In 2010 work began on a graphic novel adaptation of Sigler's Infected, with the series to be published by IDW in the summer of 2012.[12] The first issue was released August 1, 2012,[13] but the series was put on hold indefinitely due to delays with subsequent issues.[14]


  1. ^ Make The NY Times Bestseller List... By Giving Your Book Away Huffington Post
  2. ^ Rogue, Random book 'Infested' Hollywood Reporter
  3. ^ Weissman, Adam (2008-09-16), Infected, retrieved 2016-11-12 
  4. ^ Book Review: Infected Monsters and Critics
  5. ^ There's a lot that ails gory 'Infected' San Francisco Chronicle
  6. ^ Ill communication The Guardian
  7. ^ Creepy. No, way beyond creepy Sacramento News: Bibliolatry
  8. ^ Review: Infected Publishers Weekly
  9. ^ Review: Infected BookReporter
  10. ^ Borys, Kit (2007-05-31). "Rogue, Random book 'Infested'". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-09-18. 
  11. ^ Scott Sigler (2008-03-31), INFECTED Trailer from the novel by Scott Sigler (Book I of the INFECTED Trilogy), retrieved 2016-11-12 
  12. ^ "IDW Get Infected With Scott Sigler". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "PREVIEW: INFECTED #1". CBR. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  14. ^ Sigler, Scott. "INFECTED Graphic Novel". Scott Sigler. Retrieved 13 September 2013.