Monday, October 28, 2013

Parasite by Mira Grant

Parasite by Mira Grant
2013, Orbit
Series: Book 1 of Parasitology

Synopsis: 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.

The Good: Good lord, I have so much love for this book. Fun, science-ey, totally thought provoking. The horrors of medical advances going awry, cover-ups, conspiracy potential, trapped in a future that is in a clear downward spiral with the natural denial that you want to wrap yourself up in. Parasite totally blew me away. I tore through the pages, needing to know what happened immediately. I loved Grant's Newsflesh trilogy and she definitely lived up to all my expectations and then-some with Parasite.

The Bad: I didn't completely love the weird children's book quotes and major reveal was very obvious, but neither even remotely interfered with the awesomeness that was Parasite.

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