Book Review: Parasite by Mira Grant
December 1, 2013 § Leave a comment
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.
I thoroughly enjoyed every details and the narrative of this book. At the end I was totally blown away. Set in the near future of advanced medical and science technology, Mira Grant brings forward a fantastic premise that combined medical engineering and apocalyptic event and turns it out into an engaging masterpiece. Intestinal Bodyguard™ is a genetically engineered tapeworm which is introduced into human body to enhance immune systems, to protect the hosts from sickness and diseases and to make the medically impossible situation into the possible miracles. Sally Mitchell is terminally dead. She suddenly wakes up from her comatose state without any recollection of her past life. Now, around her, human with the parasite implants are turning into sleepwalkers. Sally needs to find out the truth and together with her parasitologist boyfriend Nathan, they unravel the dark secrets of SymboGen and why people are turning into violence and scary sleepwalkers.
Her hands caught my throat in midturn, bringing me to an abrupt halt. I froze, staring into her empty eyes.
The narrative of the story is absolutely brilliant. at the beginning readers are being introduce to the main character, Sal, who has no idea of who she is in the past. Her memory is a complete zero. At this early part Grant brings the readers into the world of Sal, her relationship with other people around her and her frustration and insecurities for being a person with no recollections of her previous life. So, every details provided bring the readers to understand the characters and the world they are living in. After that, the surprises and suspense building up throughout the story make me really curious and so itching to know what will happen next. The descriptive nature of storytelling really works for this story because it helps the readers to understand the scientific language uses by the author. The alternate texts and articles which are included at the end of every chapter is a great idea because it gives readers opportunity to look into the story from different perspectives. No doubt that, the world building with twists and turns here and there is really great it draws you in and makes you lost in the horrific world.
Grant also brings the book to the high level with good characters development. I really love the main characters, Sal and Nathan. At the beginning Sal is a very insecure and confuse but with her boyfriend, Nathan’s support and love throughout the story, she matures up and they turn into a remarkable characters. She also gets strength from her adorable adopted Lab, Beverly. I also loved Tansy and Adam, they have very weird characters but very likable. Tansy is very outspoken, reckless and almost psychotic which makes her very interesting. Adam in the other hand is mysterious, shy and reserved in personality. They are both tapeworms! in human costumes. The other characters also play vital roles in the story. The Mitchells, Dr. Banks and Dr. Cale, and the rebellious Sherman, these are the characters I hate in the story, but I mean it in a non-evil way. I can’t wait to read what will happen to these characters in the next installment and hopefully there will be new characters will be introduced as well to make the story plot more interesting.
The only thing I don’t really like about this book is the atmosphere at the end of the story. I loved Nathan and Sal, they’re really good together. But, after Sal knows the truth about herself, I can feel that they will face a conflict in their relationship in the second book. Book the cliffhanger ending is really unbearable because the next be only will be out in 2014!!
I looked over his shoulder to where Dr. Cale sat in her wheelchair, watching us. So much made sense now. So much had to be made sense of. “No,” I whispered. “It changes everything.”
All in all, this book is totally mind blowing. I can’t wait to read the next book which is due to be published next year with the title Symbiont. For those who love medical horror thriller, you should pick up this one because you will love it. And for those who are looking for something great to read, I recommend this to you. Happy reading!