Title: Symbiont | Author: Mira Grant | Publisher: Orbit | Publication Date: 2014-11-25 | Pages: 608 | ISBN: 0316219002 | Genre: Science Fiction & Horror | Language: English | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Triggers: None | Date Read: 2015-8-11 | Source: Library
THE ENEMY IS INSIDE US.
The SymboGen designed tapeworms were created to relieve humanity of disease and sickness. But the implants in the majority of the world’s population began attacking their hosts turning them into a ravenous horde.
Now those who do not appear to be afflicted are being gathered for quarantine as panic spreads, but Sal and her companions must discover how the tapeworms are taking over their hosts, what their eventual goal is, and how they can be stopped.- Goodreads Synopsis
YAY! THIS is the Mira Grant/Seanan McGuire I know and love! In Symbiont, Mira picks up the pace, and leads you through a more-action packed second part of the Parasitology series. There are some very interesting characters (Ronnie), some romantic mushy-gush (I love you even though you…not gonna spoil!), a disturbing scene or ten featuring a psychopathic parasite-human hybrid thingie, and a stay in Willie-Wonka Candyland rip-off.(If you can’t tell, yes, I really enjoyed Symbiont.)
You do need to read Parasite to have a good understanding of what is going on in this book. I wouldn’t recommend trying to read it as a stand-alone.
Fans of TEOTWAWKI situations will like Symbiont, but be forewarned, there is not a lot of ‘global’ mention in this book. It very much focuses on how the situation is impacting the main characters. Sal is, I think, a little more developed than she was in the first book. The drama is definitely more prevalent, and the dialogue a bit snappier.
I apologize, I know this review is disgustingly brief. At some point in the future I will try to edit it to give you a better idea of what I thought of it. Overall, it really is just a fun book that is a return to the excellent and engaging writing that Mira Grant displayed in her Newsflesh Trilogy series.