- Hardcover: 512 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (Oct. 29 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316218952
- ISBN-13: 978-0316218955
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 4.4 x 24.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 699 g
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #422,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Parasite Hardcover – Oct 29 2013
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"A riveting near-future medical thriller that reads like the genetically-engineered love child of Robin Cook and Michael Crichton."―John Joseph Adams
"Readers with strong stomachs will welcome this unusual take on the future."―Kirkus Reviews
"Fans of [the Newsflesh] series will definitely want to check this new book out. But fans of Michael Crichton-style technothrillers will be equally enthralled: as wild as Grant's premise is, the novel is firmly anchored in real-world science and technology."―Booklist
"Grant extends the zombie theme of her Newsflesh trilogy to incorporate thoughtful reflections on biomedical issues that are both ominously challenging and eerily plausible. Sally is a complex, compassionate character, well suited to this exploration of trust, uncertainty, and the price of progress."―Publishers Weekly
"It's a well-grounded medical wariness that gets at the heart of what the Parasitology series will be asking: What happens when the cure is worse than the disease?"―NPR Books
"An exceptionally creepy medical-horror thriller that's the perfect spine-tingling read for Halloween... [a] roller coaster ride."―Fort Worth Star-Telegram
About the Author
Mira Grant lives in California, sleeps with a machete under her bed, and highly suggests you do the same. Mira Grant is the pseudonym of Seanan McGuire -- winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for best new writer. Find out more about the author at www.miragrant.com or follow her on twitter @seananmcguire.
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This is my first book from Mira Grant and I have to say I like her style. This is a real page turner and the slow paced story make me care a lot about the characters. I am starting the sequel as soon as I am done with this review... Meaning NOW!
I highly recommend this book!
I like the subject, I like the story, I just wish the book was tighter. I almost gave up early in.
There are 3 books in the series and I'm getting the vibe the material was stretched, ending with Mira's signature cliff hanger, even when we saw it coming a mile away.
All in all I enjoyed the book. I'll read the others, just maybe not right away.
A previous reviewer stated that this seemed more like a teen novel and I couldn't agree more. What made this book even worse was reading it after Dan Simmons Hyperion saga... books which I do highly recommend.
I don't want my money back, I want my state of mind back before I read this. Sadly, that will never happen!
Wow! Set in the near future, where a beneficial tapeworm has been developed to help regulate human health. Sal was a wild young woman -- until she gets in a car accident and ends up brain dead on life support. As her parents make the decision to pull the plug, she comes back to the world of the living, saved by her parasite implant, according to the doctors.
Six years later, Sal has had to relearn how to live, as she remembers nothing before she woke up from the coma. There is friction with her family, as she is a kinder, gentler woman than the daughter and sister they had lived with. She has a job as a veterinarian tech, and has regular appointments and monitoring with the company that developed the parasitic implant, SymboGen. While on a walk with her boyfriend, a parasitologist who has refused to get an implant, they witness a man walking his dog suddenly fall ill with a sleeping sickness that has been sporadically affecting people. The dog reacts as if her owner has suddenly turned into someone else, a threat. This sends both Sal and Nathan down a rabbit hole, trying to uncover the truth as SymboGen, USAMRIID, and others obfuscate what is really going on.
Definitely looking forward to the next one! The concept and consequences imagined here for beneficial parasites are just nifty.
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