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Parasite (Parasitology) Hardcover – October 29, 2013
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Sally Mitchell, brain dead and on the verge of having her organs harvested, opens her eyes. She awakens in a blank state, her brain wiped of its memories. Sally has been given a new life by virtue of a genetically engineered tapeworm called the SymboGen Intestinal Bodyguard. Six years later, she's relatively normal, but very different from the person she doesn't remember being before her accident. Sally copes with being reeducated, studied, and psychoanalyzed, while living in fear that SymboGen will stop paying her medical expenses if she isn't an appropriate guinea pig.
Sally's life becomes even complex with the outbreak of an apparent disease that turns people into dangerous shambling sleepwalkers. My initial reaction to this was "oh geez, Mira Grant found a way to add zombies to the story." Fortunately -- since the world really doesn't need another zombie novel -- Parasite takes off in a wild and unexpected direction. The mystery of Sally's true nature is telegraphed so often that the reveal isn't much of a surprise, but that doesn't detract from the story. Other revelations at the novel's end are more surprising, and they whet interest in the next installment.Read more ›
Sally Mitchell has been given a new lease on life. Declared clinically dead after a tragic auto accident her family was about to throw in the towel and consent to cessation of life support when she miraculously opens her eyes. For Sally, who has total amnesia about her past life and has to relearn everything one normally knows from childhood, this is equivalent to a rebirth.
Her recovery is attributed to The Intestinal Bodyguard, a tapeworm developed by the Symbogen Corporation, which has been readily accepted by most of the human race. This parasite is ingested in pill form to take up residence in the intestinal tract, thus guarding their human hosts from every conceivable pathogen, including cancer, and even regulating endocrine function to control diabetes, obesity and pregnancy.
Unfortunately, in order to rush this discovery through the required FDA hoops Symbogen Corporation and its three founding partners have taken a few shortcuts with potentially deadly consequences to the human hosts. Unaccountably, hordes of innocent people are succumbing to a mysterious 'sleeping sickness' which basically turns them into predatory Zombies. It is up to Sally and her boyfriend Nathan to save the human race.
The narrative is in Sally's point of view. Although obviously intelligent her amnesia clouds everything with a filter of naivete that soon becomes annoying. By about page 50 I was ready to give it up, the whole mood of the story was beginning to remind me of "The Little Shop of Horrors" for some reason, complete with cartoon characters and carnivorous plants.Read more ›
This book's a dud. Slow paced, uninteresting characters, with a plot that heavily depends on outrageous coincidences. If you have any tendency to analyze the reasonableness of what you're reading, you will be constantly annoyed. You are a young woman who finds out something important about an incredibly scary disease that is striking down hundreds of people: there's a test for it. Your father is head of the local military disease unit -- but you don't tell him about the test because (a) you're worried about losing your own medical care and (b) he's being mean to you. Makes sense, right? Alternatively, you are the father of the above stupid and selfish young woman. For some reason you suspect that she's hiding something, so rather than ask her reasonably to tell you, you keep her in virtual house arrest for 5 days and then (mild spoiler alert) pretend to be sick yourself and attack her in order to scare her into giving up what she knows. I mean, who are these people?
There are also some very basic stupidities about the science in the plot, and you don't have to be a scientist to be aware of them. A big part of the mystery revolves around the idea that nobody (except the evil corporation who created it) quite knows the composition of the genome of the eponymous parasite. Hello? This is set in the future, not the past. We sequence genomes every day now. Anyone who wants to know the DNA composition of an organism can just throw a sample on the sequencer.Read more ›
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Plausible science, excellent characters, PLOT DEVELOPMENT, HOORAY! Interesting and believable near future. Good job! Read morePublished 18 days ago by Maddy
The characters was deplorable, there wasn't a single one a reader could relate to! Incredibly whiny, self entitled characters that make you wish you could enter the book and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Emma
The way DNA and Genome studies are going....this story could almost be true in a few more years!
Good story, but sort of drawn out more than it needed to be. Read more
But the world-building and near-future science are solid and horrifying.Published 2 months ago by WendyZski
Also, is this incredibly reminiscent of "Blood Music," or is it just me?
That being said, I enjoyed it, but I probably would have enjoyed it more if I wasn't constantly... Read more
One of the books you won't be able to put down until the last page. And then you'll want more.Published 3 months ago by M J
I knew I was going to pick up Parasite right after I finished my review for Blackout, the third and final book in the Newsflesh trilogy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by One Curvy Blogger
Very good. Read the second one and now can't wait for the 3rd!Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer