Advance Review: Parasite by Mira Grant

ParasiteParasite by Mira Grant
(Advance copy courtesy of Orbit Books/Hachette Book Group via NetGalley — Thank you!)
Read: June 13 – June 23, 2013
Release Date: October 29, 2013
Price: $20 USD

Goodreads Book Blurb: 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 Opinion: I. Love. Mira. Grant. Her Newsflesh series is hands-down one of my absolute favorite series of books of all times.

This is not Newsflesh. But it is still an excellent piece of work by an equally excellent author. I am constantly floored by how well she crafts her characters to be believable and flawed. Do I always like them? No. But I always believe that they could be real people, and not just the workings of a talented woman’s mind.

I guess I shouldn’t have said that this isn’t Newsflesh because that isn’t entirely true. There are shades of Newsflesh in Parasite in the form of the medical side of things. Once again, Mira Grant (who, for those of you who don’t know, is the horror alias of Seanan McGuire) has done her research. I am no expert on parasitology, but not once did I read something and go “Pfft, yeah right!”. It was all done and explained very well, if some of the science went over my head.

Parasite takes us through the twisting tunnels of truth, consequence and identity. And they all intertwine. The descriptions are gritty and don’t skimp on the gory details, Grant pulls no punches when it comes to the twists and turns, and the whole book left me wanting more. Which is totally unfair because the first book isn’t even officially published yet.

Prose-wise, Mira Grant has definitely progressed from some of her other works. One of my main beefs with her books was always product placement. In InCryptid it is Ace Bandages. In Newsflesh it is Skin So Soft. But there is not even a shade of that in Parasite and I was thrilled. One thing that kept pulling me out of the story was the use of guns. For some reason, even though the setting is near-future and not all lunar colony, the guns didn’t fit for me.

If you like medical thrillers, this book is very much for you. If you like Mira Grant or Seanan McGuire you will not be disappointed.

I strongly recommend you check out Parasite by Mira Grant from Orbit Books when it is published in October, 2013!

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