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Peeps Paperback – September 7, 2006
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The title, "Peeps", refers to a shorthand designation for the vampires - as in "Parasite-Positive". The narrator, Cal, is also infested - he's a carrier, capable of infecting others, but not suffering the more dire effects of the infestation (i.e., the blood-drinking and cannibalism). He's recruited to join the Night Watch, an ancient organization that monitors and controls outbreaks of Echinococcus cannibalis -- the organism which causes vampirism -- to act as a vampire hunter, tracking and capturing others who don't have his lucky immunity. In the process, he learns that vampires aren't the only things that go bump in the night.
Highly recommended for teens and adults alike (middle-schoolers may also enjoy this, but parents should be aware that there are references to sex and "being horny" that may require some discussion, and there are numerous discussions of real parasites that may cause uneasiness.)
Second rule: Whatever you do, don't forget the anathema, when peeps start hating the things they used to love. The anathema hurts, but in a good way.
These rules to live by are a part of Cal Thompson's daily life. Cal is a peep hunter, sworn to protect New York from the spread of the parasite that, well, makes people act like vampires, if you have to use that word. Cal himself was infected with the parasite, but on him it works differently. He has the superpowers and the urge to feed, but he can still live among those who don't carry the parasite. In a quest to track down the woman who gave him the parasite, he peels away the layers of a mystery involving rats, cats, writing on a wall, and a building with more than a health club in its basement.
Be forewarned: PEEPS is neither for the faint of heart nor for the faint of stomach. But if descriptions of parasites and some truly disgusting life forms under New York City are what you live for, then pick up this book immediately. Westerfeld provides a fascinating, high-adventure look at the lives of parasites and ties it into a gritty urban fantasy with plot twists around every corner.
--- Reviewed by Carlie Webber
By the time you finish this book you'll know a lot more about parasites than you did before you started, both the good and the bad. In a lot of ways this is an introductory novel. There is a sequel due to come out called _The Last Days_ but I'm not sure it has the same characters. For me this was an enjoyable young adult vampire-like book with a new twist that doesn't concentrate on excessive sex, blood or soppy romance for its story line.
This story is about a carrier named Cal. Cal is a hunter of peeps. He hunts down peeps and sends them away so that they wont kill any more people. All of the peeps that Cal hunts are his ex-girlfriends. Carriers can still transmit the disease, even through a kiss. So Cal meets a girl, falls in love, and wants to kiss her but he knows what will happen if he does....
I love this book because it is funny, action packed, and it is about a typical teenage character.
Cal is a carrier for a parasite - THE parasite, the one which makes you a vampire, or Peep (Parasite Positive). But unlike most of the people who get the disease, he hasn't turned into an unmanageable eater of humans, and is able to manage his disease with only a few strange side effects - like, he's always hungry for meat, and constantly hungry for sex. Seeing as the parasite is spread through saliva and other body fluids, though, Cal's pretty much out of luck on one of those, or so he thinks.
Since non-murderous carriers are pretty rare, Cal works with the Night Watch to help contain the vampire problem, and he tracks down his old girlfriends and gets them the medication they need to be almost sane. But when he begins tracking the person who gave him the disease, he is led into a foul underworld of carrier rats, unusually rational peeps, and evidence of an ancient and vile monster underground.
As he investigates, he becomes closer to Lace, the journalism student who lives in the building under which he is investigating. She isn't infected, and even for a journalism student she is far too careless about her wellbeing, preferring finding out the whole story to keeping herself safe.
Is the disease evolving new ways of spreading? Why are so many of the new peeps acting almost sane? And most importantly, will Cal be able to keep his hands off of the very hot Lace?
Interspersed with the story are disgusting and accurate descriptions of real-life parasites, which help us think about the story in new ways and give us a backdrop to place the new characters against.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Peeps is a little darker than Westerfeld's Uglies series but is still a great fun read and a different take on vampires. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Dance Scholar
I have seen this book on the shelf at th bookstore for years and finally decided to read it. Was not disappointed. Interesting believable take on "vampires" and great writing. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Emily A. Boyd
I won't lie, the start was a slog. I don't usually enjoy depressing stories and at the beginning this story is capital d Depressing. But everything comes together beautifully. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Farrah Zahran
One of his better books, holds up surprisingly well despite the ways being cool has changedPublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
The best interpretation of vampires I have ever come across in fiction, and just a treat for any boy (or girl) who liked to talk about gross things when they were a little kid. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brandon
It's been such a long time since I have read this book but I do remember everything that happened and TRUST it is a great book.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
In PEEPS, a parasitic virus is turning people in vampire-like creatures. One kiss can infect others, slowly turning them into so-called peeps, too. Read morePublished 7 months ago by The Bookavid
I ordered a used copy and it came in great condition. I've read this book many times before, but I needed my own copy. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Marlin Morales
I can now understand why "Peeps" is priced less than "Uglies", another Westerfeld novel. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kindle Customer