Parasite by Mira GrantParasite by Mira Grant


byMira Grant

Paperback | October 7, 2014

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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.

For more from Mira Grant, check out:
Newsflesh Short Fiction (e-only novellas)Apocalypse Scenario #683: The BoxCountdownSan Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California BrowncoatsHow Green This Land, How Blue This SeaThe Day the Dead Came to Show and TellPlease Do Not Taunt the Octopus
Mira Grant lives in California, sleeps with a machete under her bed, and highly suggests you do the same. Mira Grant is the pseudonym of Seanan McGuire -- winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for best new writer. Find out more about the author atwww.miragrant.comor follow her on twitter @seananmcguire.
Title:ParasiteFormat:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.32 inPublished:October 7, 2014Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316218928

ISBN - 13:9780316218924

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from So so This book started off great but lost its momentum half way through
Date published: 2014-08-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Parasite Not a great read. Frankly, I found the protagonist boring. It took a long time to build up towards anything remotely interesting and even longer to become exciting. Most annoyingly, it is yet another book that doesn't end so that we have to buy (and wait for) the sequel.
Date published: 2014-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read I really liked this book! I couldn't put it down and now I'm sad because I have to wait for the next one. Normally I'm a zombie fan but this parasite theme is very creepy and it got me hooked. I read her other series first (Newsflesh) and I enjoyed those so much I wanted to find other works by her. I'm glad I stumbled across her work in my local bookstore. You should definitely check her books out, you won't regret it!
Date published: 2014-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from parasite To the naysayers- I say 'phooey' , and 'you're taking the Mickey'. this novel was not predictable, at all. the premise was original and clever. the outcome may have been foreshadowed, but certainly not early on. I think some people like to criticize what they themselves cannot do. I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to the sequels.
Date published: 2014-07-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Fun But Predictable Read I picked up the 1st book in Grant's newest "apocalyptic" series after falling in love with her storytelling style during the Newsflesh series-novellas. While it was entertaining enough for me to pick up the next book when it drops this November, I was overall underwhelmed. The groundwork of the series is interesting, science run amok, what does it mean to be sentient, the role of family, etc. The problem is she spends way too much time building to anti-climatic non-reveal that the reader knows is coming after the 1st 10 pages. I also wish the twisted children's book and its ending had been revealed via passages throughout the story instead of suddenly and unceremoniously summarized. But, as I said, still entertaining enough to keep me invested in the series through the next novel.
Date published: 2014-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good. The plot was easy to figure out but it was still good.
Date published: 2013-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Master of the universe. Good read. Kept my interest.
Date published: 2013-11-27

Editorial Reviews

"An exceptionally creepy medical-horror thriller that's the perfect spine-tingling read for Halloween... [a] roller coaster ride."-Fort Worth Star-Telegram