How did you spend your downtime in high school? You know, when you’d finished your final exam early but wouldn’t be released to the next for another 40 minutes? I mostly wrote angry poetry about how stupid high school was. My friend Bri was more creative. Bri wrote stories about a tapeworm. She named him Mr. Boovie. I wish I could find the notebook now, because I’m absolutely sure I saved it; it was chock full of illustrated Mr. Boovie tales. It’s glorious. Why did I just share that tidbit about my life? I just finished reading Parasite by Mira Grant and it’s all about TAPEWORMS!
Full Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I’m on the payroll of exactly zero evil mad scientists, so you needn’t worry about my honesty.
It’s the not-so-distant future and the world of medicine has changed. The ultimate bio-tech, Symbo-Gen, has created a tapeworm that can be “safely” implanted into humans. These tapeworm implants serve as a one stop medical shop. They can regulate insulin, counteract allergies, and eliminate the need for vaccinations. People don’t need to take pills anymore, their friendly neighborhood intestinal worms take care of everything for them.
Sally Mitchell is the first and only human on record to have been brought back to life by her Symbo-Gen implant. Not that she has any memory of her old life. The car crash that brought her to the brink also did enough damage to her brain to render her completely amnesic. Apparently it’s no big loss, as Sally the first totally sucked, but still. “Sal” as she now prefers to be known, has cobbled together a life in the six years she can recall being alive. Sure, she’s half lab rat for Symbo-Gen, but she landed herself a handsome doctor boyfriend, so it’s not all bad. Until, of course, people start coming down with a mysterious sleep walking ailment that turns them into incoherent single minded murderers…
I was introduced to Mira Grant earlier this year through her kick-butt zombie novels Feed, Deadline, and Blackout. Parasite has a lot of similarities to the Feed trilogy. The sleepwalkers are pretty darn zombie-like. There are mad scientists and underground labs. Large, powerful medical complexes are shady and evil… Fortunately, I wasn’t tired of any of these elements. My enjoyment of Parasite was in no way dampened by its similarities to Grant’s earlier books. I LOVE Mira Grant’s voice. She’s got a wicked sense of humor that she manages to inject into tense situations. The levity keeps her outrageous plots from plummeting into campy sci-fi territory and keeps me greedily turning pages. Parasite is the first in a trilogy- guess who will be reading the rest? This girl!
Alright, Bookworms. If a Bookworm and a Tapeworm got into a fight, who would win? I’m desperately curious to hear your answers.