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Book Review: Parasite (Parasitology #1) by Mira Grant

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Grant_Parasite-HC-664x1024Have you read Parasite Rex? Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire) has. And because she was reading it and found it interesting, I read it. Now that I’ve read the non-fiction book about parasites and Parasite all I can say is “thanks a lot for the nightmares, MG.” Oh, but they’re going to be delicious nightmares. Knowing a little about parasite behavior I was primed for this book, but not knowing won’t make it any less horrifying for you once you figure out what’s going on.

According to the hygiene hypothesis, the increase in autoimmune and allergic diseases is caused by the decrease in infections. In response to this, SymboGen genetically engineered a tapeworm to protect us from this, even to dispense the medications each individual might need. Just one pill every two years and you’re cured. It’s big business and big money, and it’s the biggest health advance in ages. It might also be a miracle.

Sally Mitchell had a seizure while driving and suffered terrible injuries, including brain death. Just as her family was discussing ending her life support, Sally woke up. But she doesn’t feel like Sally any more; after all the brain damage she might as well be a different person. Now Sal is part of the SymboGen family, proof of just what the intestinal implant can do.

The thing about parasites–that the SymboGen founders know and that Sal will find out–is that ultimately they want to survive and they’re able to do incredible things to make that happen. Even manipulate and change their hosts.

Each chapter begins with excerpts from fictional books about SymboGen, its founders, the implant, and the advertising that got people to accept walking around with tapeworms living inside of them. It’s one of those little touches Mira Grant does so well that makes the universe really come alive and it is fascinating.

ARC provided by publisher.

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Written by tldegray

July 5, 2013 at 8:54 am

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