“I didn’t volunteer to be the first person whose life was saved by a tapeworm. It just happened.”
Parasite, by Mira Grant
#1 in the Parasitology series
Orbit, October 2013
science fiction thriller
356 pages (ebook)
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…
*** I requested this review copy through NetGalley. ***
Parasite is no Feed.
The whole time I was reading, I couldn’t help comparing the two. I didn’t feel the instant connection with Sal Mitchell that I did with Georgia Mason. And the world, though set in the near future, was essentially our own, so I didn’t get to imagine how we got from here to there… other than to wonder at the relatively short amount of time it took for these parasite implants to become so widely accepted.
Still, even though it was lacking some of the stand-out elements from the first book of hers that I read, I did enjoy the story. I like the way Mira Grant writes. Not that there’s anything about it that I can really point to and say, “Wow, that’s some great writing,” but it just works for me. (Or maybe it’s just that I’ve just read too many books recently that don’t work for me… either too floridly descriptive or too dry. Grant strikes a nice balance.)
For the most part I knew where things were headed, but there was still a surprise or two for me along the way. And I still have several questions at the end; it’s the first in a series, after all, and there’s a reason I usually steer clear of a series until the whole thing is published… but after my experience with Feed I just couldn’t resist this one. This wasn’t the best cliffhanger I’ve ever read – in terms of making this book feel like it has a complete story – but it’s nowhere near the worst, either. And maybe part of my dissatisfaction is that the final twist wasn’t the shock that it felt like it was meant to be…
All that being said, I’m definitely looking forward to see where the story is going. I just wish I didn’t have to wait so long to find out.
Parasite is available in print, as well as for Kindle, Nook, and other e-readers.
Does this sound like something you’d pick up? Would you ever consider a medical treatment like the SymboGen parasite?