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Parasite by Mira Grant

Parasite - Mira Grant

The science was a little screwy, but the book was pretty entertaining…. as in just suspend all belief and go along for the ride.


Others have commented on the predictability of the story and I agree, but I was mostly interested in seeing how the author would handle the bio-engineered tapeworms. The "revelations" by creator, Dr. Cale, were understandably vague in terms of how the DNA from disparate species could be successfully combined. I mean, exactly what part of the human genome is responsible for intelligence and how would that transfer to a tapeworm brain (assuming they have or could develop one) or enable such a parasite to take over in a human that’s essentially brain dead? Even more curious is the how the worm could migrate from one location to another in the body without causing major damage. Or alternatively, how it could replicate itself (asexually or not) yet end up with just a single parasite in the desired location.


The book was a little slow at the start and could have been pruned by a third or more, but overall it's a decent medical thriller. I do wish it weren’t the beginning of yet another series, with yet another set of cliffhanger endings. Not that there’s any mystery about where the story’s going - it’s all right in the book blurb.


But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives... and will do anything to get them.


Humans vs. worms – who will survive?