It’s always difficult to review installments in a series or trilogy…
So I figured, hey why not review the Parisitology Trilogy as a whole?
Parasite (Parisitology Book #1) Release Date: October 29th, 2013)
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.
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Before her incredibly popular Newslflesh trilogy, you may have heard of FEED, there was this one. And if the image above doesn’t make you queasy, imagine this little bugger curling up in your brain and taking your body for a ride.
Which brings me to Parasite and the rest of the books in the trilogy.
In nutshell, this book is about people who purposely buy designer tapeworms to control illnesses, age, deliver medication, you name it. The problem is, like most scenarios where scientists “play God”, the ramifications of this “breakthrough” are frightening and bring about the end of mankind.
This trilogy is a mash-up of zombie apocalypse and viral plague, and it’s fantastic! Mira Grant has this amazing ability to create stories that deliver these elements in a way that’s never been done before.
Colourful characters, moral conundrums, and non-stop action, describe this trilogy perfectly. There was also plenty of horror thrown in which is essential! I particularly liked how the major theme of the story was not as black and white as you would think. Indeed, the lines between the perceived “good guys” and “bad guys” were decidedly blurry, and I think that’s what made these books stand apart from other similar stories. At least for me it did.
I very much enjoyed this trilogy. It was entertaining, thought-provoking, and I loved the mix of horror and science. If you enjoy this author’s newer stuff, I think you will really like these ones too.