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 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.
First Line: I made my way slowly toward the window, wishing I had a weapon, or any idea how to use one.
Random Quote: You people. How have you been the dominant species for so long? Sure, you've got sweet bodies with thumbs and shit, but it's like you don't have any sense of self-preservation.
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Imagine, it's about 25 years from now and this great Bay Area biotech firm has grown an entirely new intestinal parasite. It's got various genes from other species spliced into its genomes so it lives within humans without the damaging (and uncomfortable) side effects. It can be bioengineered for its individual human to deliver medication for chronic illness, like diabetes, or other medical issues. It's changed the face of humanity. Just one little problem - it's starting to really change the face of humanity, turning its hosts into zombie-like creatures who just might eat you if you get too close. And no, this is not a zombie book.
This book has likeable characters, a fun and scary plot, and will tickle your ick factor. It's kind of like seeing ants in your kitchen - even though you killed them all you spend hours feeling like they're crawling all over you. Parasite is like that - only they're crawling all over your insides. Good scary fun!
FTC Disclosure: Advance copy from publisher via NetGalley
Publishing Information: October 29, 2013
Reading Challenges: 2013 A to Z Reading Challenge, 2013 Literary Exploration Challenge