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 Synopsis
I love Mira Grant/Seanan McGuire. I was first introduced to her via her Newflesh Trilogy (love me some zombie stories!), and even though the way she wrapped up the trilogy had me squirming a little bit (even though you know something isn’t really *wrong*, it can still be hard to accept it.), when I saw that she had written a new book, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.
However, Parasite was a little bit of a let-down. I will say that it is written a bit differently from how the Newsflesh trilogy was, and even though I shouldn’t have been expecting something very similar, I was. That, perhaps, is my fault alone.
There were several issues with this book, though, that kept it from being as good as it could have been. Mostly, the pacing seemed ridiculously slow for the first 1/2 of the book (at least). Her writing is good, but almost not interesting enough to keep me reading. I kept on in the hopes that it would pick up. Thankfully it did. Eventually. Kind of.
See, the thing that screwed the book the most was that it was almost impossible to connect/sympathize with the main protagonist, because unless you’re an idiot, you pretty much IMMEDIATELY figure out what is going on. You then spend the rest of the book thinking “Oh my god. Seriously? How much of an idiot can she be?” and wanting to smack her.
Mira Grant doesn’t foreshadow in this book. She hits you over the head with the ‘big reveal’ early on, without *technically* revealing anything, and leaves you with only the male protagonist to connect with, and as he doesn’t exactly have a huge part in the books… You’re reading a book that you really can’t connect with.
Also, I think Parasite is set a little too close in the future. I’m able to suspend disbelief to a point, but the big bad in here was a little too unbelievable to take place in the near future.
The most interesting part for me was actually the excerpts from the children’s book that begins each chapter. I don’t think its a real book, but if it was, I’d totally buy it!
Overall, the book was okay, but luckily the second one is MUCH better.