By: Melanie | October 5, 2013 | (32) Comments

Review: Parasite by Mira GrantParasite by Mira Grant
Series: Parasitology, #1
Publisher: Orbit
Release Date: October 29, 2013
Genres: Adult, Dystopia, Science Fiction
Pages: 512
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.

Ever since my science teacher showed our class this video with a guy having a tapeworm on him; and him actually finding it funny and I even remember him saying, “Let’s name him George!” You could say I am not awfully fond of tapeworms or any other parasite. However when I saw Parasite, my curiosity got the better of me as I picked it up- and actually found myself enjoying it. A little gross, creepy and twisted, while Parasite may be labelled adult, I still think YA lovers and YA aged people will love this at varying degrees.

After a life-changing incident, Sally, now Sal is legally brain dead. Her parents were informed that she won’t wake up from her coma. Yet when she does, SymboGen- the creator of a tapeworm that has helped human live health, disease-less lives are more curious that shocked. They start to follow her, in the huge wonder of how she still lived after such a tragic and fatal accident. I am truly in awe at Mira Grant, she twisted a story so magnificently and the research in this- must have been a huge headache- and I assume a little gruesome. I mean, you’d expect she would have had to search up parasites and tapeworms… O_O While I didn’t fully understand all the info being given to us: well I only have done general science so far- the research is clearly there even though Mira has altered a few facts- god I hope she did. I don’t want to know the exact facts about spaghetti looking things. Sorry if you’re having spaghetti as you read this review, I may have just made you lose your appetite.

“…going to wind up having another one of those nightmares, the ones where his smile spread all the way around his head and met at the back of his neck. Once that happened, his skull would spread open like a flower, and the mouth hidden behind his smile–his real mouth–would finally be revealed.”

Sal felt a little bland to me, rather faded out but it seems to make sense because she has to relearn everything she ever knew- she can no longer remember what happened to her before the accident- though she just knows to stay away from cars. As the story went on, I actually started to like Sal- she’s got a determined and strong mind, when she was learning things she would be so fierce, so hopeful. She’s also surprisingly not naive. Which I appreciated. Nathan, one of the main supporting characters was the perfect love interest for Sal. He’s a doctor himself and knows a lot about SymboGen’s parasites- he had an honest, sweet and very intelligent personality and the romance wasn’t dominating at all. Which was nice for a change- because in YA usually, it’s so overpowering and angsty.

A book filled with twists of betrayal, secrets and vengeance- oh and of course science, Parasite was a near flawless read. I’ll just sit here motionlessly like a sleepwalker from the book and lunge out my hands when I sense book 2 near my grasp. Read this! Go go go!


~Thank you Orbit for sending meΒ this copy!~

4 Stars
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32 Responses to Review: Parasite by Mira Grant

  1. Krutula says:

    I checked up on the organisms discussed – they do exist. As far as the splicing and genetic modification goes, it is theoretically possible but since human testing is not allowed, it can’t be verified practically. Even so, the odds of an intestinal parasite taking over the brain and having a consciousness – yeah, very slim – so don’t worry. πŸ™‚
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  2. Yeay! I’m happy you loved it too πŸ™‚ I loved the biological/scientific stuff and it’s clear Mira Grant did her research. Great review Mel!
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  3. Amelia says:

    Sounds like something I’d like! Gruesome? Mmmm yes please! Hahah I love the first paragraph! Weird guy calling tapeworms names o.O

  4. Johanna Richards says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed this one, Mel! I love love loved her Feed series and I can’t wait for this one. Great review as always!

  5. I’m happy to see that you liked this! I should be reading it soon, hopefully. Though the thought of tapeworms… *shivers* I’m glad you liked Sal as the book went on. Lovely review!
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  6. Wow! I’m so happy to see you enjoyed this one so much!! I hope to get to it very soon. Great review, sweets! πŸ™‚
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  7. Shelly says:

    I’m glad to see you enjoyed Parasite! I’ve been anxiously waiting for its release and this only makes me want to read it more. Great review! πŸ™‚
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  8. Rachel says:

    Nice review, I hadn’t heard of this book before I read this review, but I’m definitely going to check it out now! I love everything gruesome πŸ™‚
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  9. Kezia D says:

    Haha agree! Those tapeworms are so ewwww I got way too curious that I forgot about common sense and GOOGLE tapeworms?!! I didn’t know most of the scientific terms either but this book was truly creepy — in a good way! Awesome review as usual, Melanie! :3
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  10. This one is probably too creepy for me, but I really enjoyed reading your thoughts about it!
    Jen @ YA Romantics
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  11. Celine says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed it! I’m too easily grossed out over parasites and tapeworms and such, so I won’t read it – I KNOW it’s going to make me paranoid and itchy πŸ˜›

    Great review!
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  12. I’m so glad you liked this! Mira’s Newsflesh trilogy is still my number 1 trilogy of all time, and Feed the best book I’ve ever read, so it’s good to hear that she continues on that same note. I’m waiting for my finished copy to arrive – I have the e-arc, but in this case, I want to treat myself with a finished version.
    Great review.
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  13. Oh gosh, what a creepy concept! I am curious about this one. I still need to read Mira’s FEED series though.
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  14. Alise says:

    Ohmygosh, the tapeworm video sounds emotionally scarring xD I would be so freaked out. I remember seeing a picture of a tick burrowing into someone’s skin-NEVER AGAIN. But I digress…

    The cover for this one is pretty cool, it fits with the book, I think. I’m glad you enjoyed this one so much because it is a title I was iffy on. I also like how science plays into this book.
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  15. Henrietta says:

    Worm is GROSS but I guess we all get curious when something really really gross is being presented to us in a creepy, twisted angle! πŸ™‚ Loved the sound of romance between Sal and Nathan – thanks for sharing.
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  16. Worms, ew. I really dislike them too. Fantastic review Melanie! Its nice that Sal was normal but still remained interesting and I like it when romance is their but not the main plot too.
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  17. I absolutely LOVED this book, so far one of my top reads this year. Glad you enjoyed it too, I do think YA readers would love it for its originality and mind blowing concept!
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  18. Lexa Cain says:

    I was very intrigued with this book when I first saw the cover–cool one, huh?–but this is the first review I’ve read about it. The idea of the book is original and interesting, and I loved your description of how Sal had to re-learn everything and got stronger throughout the book. Great review!
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  19. Non-dominating romance, that sounds nice for a change. Tapeworms make me squirm! Not sure I could handle this one, but I like how well thought out it is with the twists and all the world building. Love that!

  20. Rachel says:

    Excellent review, Melanie! I’ve had this for a while and this is the first review I’ve read for it. I’m totally excited to read this now. Side note: Tape worms, eeeeeekkkkk!!!! I think I’d die if I had one from the fright of it all!! I hate worms! Anyhow, you’re review has me salivating for this! Ironic, right?! Lol! πŸ™‚
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  21. sarah c. says:

    I was in 7th grade when i learned about different types of worms and parasites–so nasty.. I dont know if i would want to read this book-i think i might be too much for me.. great review!!!

  22. Kate Bond says:

    I looooooooved this book. I think I’m putting up my review next week.

    And why haven’t you read any of Mira Grant/Seanan McGuire’s other stuff? I need someone to talk to about some similarities that are bothering me.
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  23. Stephanie B says:

    The book sounds good but tapeworms really make me sick. Ick. I don’t think I could. Haha. Great review!
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  24. VeganYANerds says:

    This does sound creepy and I have always wanted to give it a go. I also like that you point out the MC doesn’t have a lot of personality because that’s what I’d expect from a character in her situation
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  25. Cayce says:

    Yuck! Tapeworms and parasites are just SO gross. But I guess I can live with a little bit of gross if the story is good. And Parasite sounds really good πŸ™‚ But now every time I eat spaghetti, I’ll think about Parasite! So thanks for that πŸ˜›
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