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 its host from illness, boosts the immune system and even secretes designer drugs. It s been successful beyond the scientists wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost all human beings have a SymboGen tapeworm living within them.
But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives and will do anything to get them.
Whew, Parasite by Mira Grant is definitely a refreshing take on the end of the world. Even better? The audio book version of this story is narrated by Christine Lakin. Lakin also narrated Holly Black’s The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and this officially marks my first time of recognizing an voice while listening to a book. For those who are picky about a reader’s voice like I am, Lakin is definitely easy to listen to.
Parasite is pretty self-explanatory if you go by its name. It deals with… well, parasites. The characters are a little stereotypish – okay, really they are a lot. There’s that whole super villain monologue thing going on that irks the hell out of me. Fortunately, the plot more than makes up for it. This is the first book I’ve listened to/read by Mira Grant, so I can’t really compare it to Newsflesh, which is on my to-read list.
Aside from griping about the villains, there’s not a whole lot for me to complain about here. It’s nice to see more than just two factions when the world is ending; in fact, it’s nice to see a series that’s not about zombies taking off at the beginning of the apocalypse where there’s still a chance for humankind. Maybe.
Seriously, it’s a pretty solid book. Gonna knock off a skull for the villain speeches though.