Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Review: Parasite

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 by Mira Grant

Series: Parasitology #1 
Publication date:  29 October 2013 
Source:  eARC NetGalley 

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. (Goodreads)

My thoughts:
Sal was implanted with the genetically engineered tapeworm like most of the population in the not too distant future.  It is not mandatory yet but more and more people are taking the step.  The tapeworm controls all your health needs.   

But it cannnot prevent the terrible car crash that Sal was involved in.  The tapeworm did however help her heal and come out of the coma just as her parents were discussing taking her off life support.  

The tapeworms are engineered by the all powerful SymboGem Corporation. The SymboGem Corporation started out with a good intentions, wanting to make the world a better, healthier place.  Unfortunately greed and the lust for power soon drives them into cloudy waters.  
Parasite follows Sal's life after she wakes from her coma.  After six years, she still finds it difficult to fit in - with life in general and with her family at home.  She is not the Sally from before the accident and her family does not let her forget that.

I must admit that I guessed what the ending would be quite early on in the book.  It did however not take away any of the enjoyment I felt reading of Sal and her boyfriend's journey to discover this truth.  

Mira Grant is an excellent author and she made me suspect everyone at one time, even Sal's boyfirend was part of the "enemy" in my mind at one stage.

The ending leads us right up to the next in the series and I for one, cannot wait . . . 


Thank you NetGalley!

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