Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Review: Parasite by Mira Grant

Title: Parasite
Author: Mira Grant
Author Info: Website|Twitter|Facebook
Genre: Science Fiction
Series: Parasitology #1
Source: Netgalley
Publication Date: 29th October 2013

Tell Me About It
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...and will do anything to get them.
My Thoughts
Sally was in an horrific accident that almost killed her, she is kept alive on machines till her parents make the hard decision to turn them off, until she wakes and has no idea what has happened, who her family are, or who she is. Sally was saved thanks to her Intestinal Bodyguard, a parasite that lives inside her to keep her safe from infection.

When I read the synopsis of Parasite I was instantly intrigued and I had to know how this parasite helped.  When I began reading I was hooked and I could not put the book down. Sally's memory is gone, she can't remember a single thing and had to relearn everything, speaking, reading, etc. As we learn more about Sally and see how she is coping with her accident and the after effects of it, we also get a look into SymboGen and how they are dealing with Sally and helping her recover.
Parasite is broken up with its chapters interspersed with snippets from interviews with people from SymboGen and from medical papers and reports talking about the Parasite. This gives us an insight into why this Parasite was made and also what peoples feelings are about it.

Parasite was an unputdownable read, everything about it just draws you in more and more. The twists and turns constantly left me guessing over what would happen next and when there were more cases of sleepers I found myself looking for symptoms in all the characters.

I want Parasite to be a surprise read for others, so I don't want to say too much about what happens.  It felt like each new revelation was a surprise that I did not expect at all and I don't want to spoil that for others.

I loved all the characters in Parasite, or hated them respectively.  There were moments I didn't like Joyce's attitude towards her sister Sally.  Nathan is Sally's boyfriend and I love how he accepts her for who she is now, knowing that she still has a battle to face with getting over her accident, not knowing anything about herself before the accident. He is kind, patient and understanding, and being a parasitologist he is able to help Sally at various points in the story when outside help is needed.

Parasite was a gripping book and one that I didn't expect to love as much as I did, however there are still some questions left unanswered, like why things seemed to aim for Sally, I am hoping we get to see an explanation for this and also for the cliffhanger at the end of the book.

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