Series: Parasitology, #1
Release Date: October 29, 2013
Genres: Adult, Dystopia, Science Fiction
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 me this copy!~
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