Book Review: Symbiont by Mira Grant

June 1, 2015 Blog, Book Reviews, Horror, Zombies 1

Book Review: Symbiont by Mira GrantSymbiont by Mira Grant
Series: Parasitology #2
Published by Orbit on November 25th 2014
Narrator: Christine Lakin
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fiction, Hard Science Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction
Pages: 608
Source: AudioBook Reviewer
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The SymboGen designed tapeworms were created to relieve humanity of disease and sickness. But the implants in the majority of the world's population began attacking their hosts turning them into a ravenous horde.

Now those who do not appear to be afflicted are being gathered for quarantine as panic spreads, but Sal and her companions must discover how the tapeworms are taking over their hosts, what their eventual goal is, and how they can be stopped.

My Thoughts

Christine Lakin is yet again doing a fantastic job narrating for Mira Grant. I love her take on Sal!

The beginning of this jumps right in. You really do not even need to read book one to understand but with everything that is going on with Sal early on, I think the background there would be quite helpful. The one critique I have is that Sal is getting a bit on my nerves. She is getting so whiny. Every word that comes out of her mouth is a whine. Yes, she has gone through quite a bit and has find out a lot of stuff that would throw anyone off but … still! She faints every two minutes, I mean almost literally, every two minutes.

stopped just outside a curtain of sliced plastic, cut lengthwise like the screen on a butterfly aviary or a grocery store  produce department storage area. I looked at it and swallowed hard. There was something impersonal and medicinal about those dangley strips of waxy plastic, like nothing I was on this side would matter once I was on that side “The broken doors are open.” I murmured.

Just before this she gets some, what can be said to be bad news. I get why those dangley strips of plastic are such a big deal but come on! I just want her to stop. I keep telling myself that she is in the middle of a zombiepocalypse, true, and her parents are a bit crazy, and there is her sister, the stuff with her boyfriend, Adam and Tanzy. It is a lot. Anyone would need a freaking time out. But geez… I wanted to fast forward and get back to the zombies eating people. Yes, please! Gore galore! No more emo stuffs.

The plot of the story is interesting but I just feel like too much was put onto Sal’s emotions. It totally threw me off. Although the audio, and again the narration was fantastic, I found Sal to be so grating that I did not want to finish this! A Mira Grant!

While the plot does have a lot of issues there is definitely some drama and more zombies. Or sleepwalkers. They are not technically zombies but they are sort of… I do like how she made this happen though. As a parasitologist she shows that she knows what she is talking about and it comes through in her fabulous writing. But, even with all of that Sal just drove me so crazy. Thank goodness there were others that used their heads in situations and did not whine every two seconds.

And I realize I probably sound like I am whining about this book! Well, I am. I think maybe after Parasitology my hopes were up too high.

In short: Overall, this IS interesting but there is a lot of nonsensical plot holes and the characters can grate on the nerves.

Rating Report
3 / 5
Character Development
2 / 5
Writing Style
3 / 5
Personal enjoyment
3 / 5
4 / 5
Overall: 3 / 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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