Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Book Review: Parasite by Mira Grant

From my good friend Goodreads: 
A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease. 
We owe our good health to a humble parasite - a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system - even secretes designer drugs. It's been successful beyond the scientists' wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them. 
But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives...and will do anything to get them.
Oh Orbit.  You had me at "Mira Grant" and "tapeworm."  My previous experience with Grant's writing has been through her Newsflesh trilogy, which I love and still need to finish.  The idea of an apocalypse centering around parasites just made me even more excited for her latest book.

Mira Grant certainly deserves her place on all of the SF/F awards lists you'll find her books on.  She's a great writer.  Her ideas are original and her research is flawless.  I love how science-y (that's a technical term) she makes her books.  You can tell with this one that she really knew what she was writing about.

Entertainment Value
I was intrigued by it, but not engrossed.  I'll definitely finish the series, and it's probably a book I'll want to own, but I'm not rushing out to buy it right this second.  It got off to a bit of a slow start for me, but once it took off I was captivated.  I even stayed up late at night to finish it, which is always the mark of a good book for me.

If you like apocalypses, parasitology, or just general science fiction/fantasy, this is a good book to read.  I recommend it.  On the other hand, if you're turned off by scientific descriptions and you're just wanting straight action, this may not be the one for you.

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