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Parasite 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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great writing. Easy to read and engrossing. The story is actually rather thought provoking regarding our personality and what makes us human. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Barbara A. Carlson
The book is a lot going on but doesn't feel overwhelming or long. I couldn't put it down and when I had too it was all I could think about.Published 1 month ago by M
I'm rounding up somewhat.
This novel, first in a series, is a real page-turner. I was thoroughly caught up in the story and its suspense. Read more
Lots of YA tropes + lots of Michael Crichton style runaway science tropes + even a few AI singularity tropes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MissionPk
A decent twist on the typical zombie trope, Parasite starts a plot centered around symobiotic parasites used for medical treatment. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I love MG's Other series. I had high hopes for this book. I love books of this genera, and I am good with suspended disbelief. But I couldn't get past how wrong the science was. Read morePublished 2 months ago by R.T.
As an entry into the series, there is more attention spent on the back story than on zombie dodging, but that is by no means a bad thing. It's a perfectly entertaining read.Published 2 months ago by Bryan A. Roy
A very intriguing story that combines science with human emotions. The subject matter may make some people squeamish, but the author manages to keep the ick factor at a reasonable... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer