Book Review: Parasite by Mira Grant

April 10, 2015 Blog, Book Reviews, Horror, Zombies 0

Book Review: Parasite by Mira GrantParasite by Mira Grant
Published by Orbit on 2013-10-29
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fiction, Hard Science Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction
Pages: 512
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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 Intestinal Bodyguard worm 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

Being a Mira Grant fan, I’m surprised it has taken me so long to get to Parasite. It is quite larger than most of the books that I read though and with reading and reviewing all the time, it is difficult to get my own books in! I’m so glad I finally read this one. Mira Grant delivers another fantastic story with characters that feel real and that as a reader I was attached to. Really, I was attached to Sally straight away!

As in all of Mira Grant’s books she delves into the abnormal virology of what could happen to humans if infested with strange organisms. In this case it is a parasite. Not unlike parasites that turn ants into zombies and feed off of them, or the kind that take over rats and RUN straight into cats, but these parasites are not so aggressive.

At the beginning of the plot there is just a feeling, maybe because it’s Mira Grant and much like Stephen King or Dean Koontz as a reader we just know that we are going to be in for a ride. There’s a feeling of anticipation but also a tenseness of waiting for things to happen. Sally though, seems so normal and ready to live her life that I had to hope that if the parasites were going to go all crazy that they would at least not eat her!

Funnily, although this is similar to a zombie books, once the weirdness comes out, it is only a few of the “people” that are aggressive. More and more as time goes on though… In only a few cases did someone actually take a bite out of someone else but it seemed that most of these people wanted to beat the crap out of anyone they could get their hands onto!

And then there is SymboGyn. Being a huge corporation that has cut corners, it is easy to not be on SymboGyn’s side but Mira Grant does not let us into the why of it until much later on in the book. As Sally learns what is going on around her, the readers learn. So, I just did not trust anyone! I mean ANYONE!

On that note… her parents can be real jerks. They do things that seem necessary (for parents) but really come off as annoying. I understood their motivations but I think they took things way too far. Fortunately, Sally is able to think and act for herself and even though she is scared and freaked out for 99% of the book, she handles things, especially with her parents, quite well.

There are quite a few surprises and twists in this. I would expect nothing less from the gal that killed off my favorite character in her Newsflesh Trilogy! I knew I was in for a ride, and although this is not really bloody or gory, Mira does get the feels going! There are a lot of emotions to deal with in this one. A little slower than her other books but still fantastic!

In short: I am reading book two as soon as I’m done with this review! I recommend this to everyone!

Rating Report
4 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
5 / 5
Overall: 4.8 / 5



The Author

About Mira Grant

Born and raised in Northern California, Mira Grant has made a lifelong study of horror movies, horrible viruses, and the inevitable threat of the living dead. In college, she was voted Most Likely to Summon Something Horrible in the Cornfield, and was a founding member of the Horror Movie Sleep-Away Survival Camp, where her record for time survived in the Swamp Cannibals scenario remains unchallenged.

Mira lives in a crumbling farmhouse with an assortment of cats, horror movies, comics, and books about horrible diseases. When not writing, she splits her time between travel, auditing college virology courses, and watching more horror movies than is strictly good for you. Favorite vacation spots include Seattle, London, and a large haunted corn maze just outside of Huntsville, Alabama.

Mira sleeps with a machete under her bed, and highly suggests that you do the same.

Mira also writes as Seanan McGuire.

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