Parasite (Parasitology Trilogy Series #1)

Parasite (Parasitology Trilogy Series #1)

by Mira Grant
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Parasite 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
AudiobookReviewer More than 1 year ago
Find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com Really all I can say is holy crap! Parasite was such a well thought out, well researched book that is seems very plausible more so than your average horror story. At one point I literally got goose bumps all over my body, just creepy, and I surprised my coworkers in the cubicle jungle by laughing out loud at several points. Now I think it was a bit slow to start but Grant had to cover a lot of information, being in the not too distant future, with an all powerfull “pharmaceutical” company. But that was made up for by this, imagine that all your health problems could be cured, if only you took this harmless little pill, and inside the pill live a genetically modified tape worm that will take care of you. Add an awkward and frustrating protagonist, inappropriate relationships, zombie like creatures, heart stopping action scenes, terrifying and grotesque (awesome!) scenes and a freaking awesome “rescue” dog, shake it all up, turn yourself around, whew. Mira Grant has been able to touch me in a way that few authors have and I am so looking forward to the rest of this series playing out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a classic. It's on the order of THE PASSAGE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You will recognize all the charaters in this book, like meeting old friends for the first time. This is a worthy read.
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying that this is the first of Mira Grant’s books I’ve ever read. One of her other books, Feed, is also on my to-read list, but I wasn’t in the mood for a zombie apocalypse book, so I instead started with Parasite, because it sounded a lot more interesting than zombies. Genetically altered tapeworms living inside humans going bonkers? Hell yeah! Was I disappointed by this novel with the curiosity-inducing cover? Yes, and no. Yes, because it has a terribly annoying protagonist who cowers and whines her way through the story, and yes, because the plot is weighed down by scientific terms and medical jargon that made me lose interest a number of times. Also yes, because I saw the BIG twist coming almost from the start. I feel all those reasons warrants a two-star rating, but I’m giving it three stars because of several other elements that kept me riveted to want to finish this novel. The first half of Parasite is incredibly slow and mindnumbingly boring. The biggest downfall for me was Sally holding back valuable information that could’ve prevented the loss of more lives. Her father and sister practically begged her for the information that could help them try to find a cure, or at least understand some of what is happening to the sleepwalkers, yet Sal makes it all about herself and “oh-woe-is-me, nobody-loves-me” screams and cries until she is sedated. Then she gets ticked-off because no-one told her why and with what she was sedated. That’s where she lost my support. Seriously, this is a girl who has a fear of riding in cars (she doesn’t drive) after almost dying in a car accident six years ago, which she can’t remember! I don’t want to go into a rant about the details of her car-crash phobia, but trust me when I tell you she goes to unnecessary extremes.  Sal’s boyfriend, Nathan, is okay. He’s nice, really. That’s all he is, though. Just nice. Sometimes he’s too accepting and placid about Sal’s behavior, and he seems to be more of a convenient support character for when Sal is in a tizzy and needs a quick escape. I do find it hard to believe that he is the only one who loves Sal. Doesn’t she have extended family? Grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles? Friends? Anyone? Oh, poor Sal. At least I liked her dog, Beverly. She was just this little ray of sunshine, and if there’s ever an apocalypse, I want that doggie by my side. Anyway, one of the supporting characters I hope we would see more of is Tansy. Wow, she kicks butt and she’s really, really…scary. Think psychopath with a wicked sense of humor that should be on Ritalin. Now give that ADHD psychopath two big-ass guns. I give you Tansy. Adam also seems really sweet but we don’t get to know him much, but I sure hope he and Tansy will feature more in the next book. Adam is the Yin to Tansy’s Yang. You’ll love them.  Anyway, back to Sal. I don’t think I’ve stressed enough how much I dislike her. She’s in one word, a killjoy. If you can stick it out through the first half of the book, the second half is much better. A lot of reveals and a little action takes place in the last fifty percent or so. Like I said before, if you’re a savvy reader you might see the BIG twist about Sally coming early on. But it’s a good twist and I think a lot of the plot in the second book depends on this twist. Anyway, if you dislike cliffhanger endings, then this book might not be for you.  Overall I enjoyed Parasite for the idea it is based on. Even though I can’t stand the MC, the story has a lot going for it. There is a ton of info dump, which at times bored me to tears, but I think all this info is important as a basis for the plot. I’m actually looking forward to reading the second book and giving Mira Grant another chance to wow me. If I don’t enjoy the follow-up to Parasite, it might be the end of the road for me and Ms Grant. I honestly hope she gives Sal more of a backbone. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to the next one.
bbratley1 More than 1 year ago
First of all I have to say this is one great read!! If you like books set in the future, with a storyline that could remotely be a possibility, this is the book for you!! I am a voracious reader!! By that I mean I read everything, if it's been a bestseller, I've read it! This book took me in from the very first page! I could NOT put it down! A mixture of sci-fi, future, medical, thriller, horror, all rolled up into one great book!! If I'm not pulled in by the first chapter or two, I'm usually done. I don't want to take the time to see if it gets 'good' halfway through. This story had me mesmerized, on the edge of my seat, shocked and amazed. I cannot wait to read more of this authors books!! I love finding an author I've never read that is amazing!! And to think I only had to pay 1.99, what!!?!?! Awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed the story and can't wait for the next book. Only complaint would be that the big twist at the end was pretty obvious for more than half the book.
KyMom More than 1 year ago
As usual, Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire) has written a fast paced, edge of your seat novel. The story draws you in with well written characters, a plausible storyline, and soul searching dilemmas. A great story that has you caring about the characters and their search for the truth. You will not want to put this book down as you navigate the twists and turns that the story takes. Very enjoyable. I look forward to book #2 in this series!
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A truly enjoyable read! I can't wait to get started on the next book! I was unfamiliar with the works of Mira Grant, but after reading the customer reviews, I decided to read the sample. As soon as I finished, I couldn't get to the "Buy Book" button fast enough! This would make an excellent movie, providing they don't stray too far from the book. I highly recommend purchasing. It's worth every penny!
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Rollerbladingqueen5 More than 1 year ago
The book started out really good neat concept really thought it was going to be a fun read. Then the story got really bizarre I read to end to see if it would redeem itself. It just ended leaving it up in air for another book. I read a lot and this was was very disappointing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It felt like one hour of plot stretched to ten hours. Maybe some readers need all the dry prep info to get the plot but I think most of us will "get it" much sooner than that. That makes for a lot of dry reading until the plot unfolds. Over all the story was interesting and the characters fun. I bought this book hoping to find a new science fiction author to read. I will read the next book from this author to see if this was a fluke. Hopefully the next review will be more positive
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book uses too much medical jargon bunched together to keep the story line moving at a good pace. Never got to the point of liking the main charecter enough to root for her and the ending was too predictiable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story and written pretty well. With a little more time and polish, the author can be in the top twenty. OR she can't finish a story and just end it with "to be continued"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thiink the powers that be were too naive and stupid for big business contenders. I found Sal so mind numbingly annoying that I kept hoping she'd be eaten. Not a great book and I'd give it two and a half stars if that were possible. I did like the dogs but hated all the people. Bit like life really.-----Seahag
improvandrea More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the second book! This is an easy read, suitable for the beach or leisure time but sucks the reader in with relatable characters including a strong female lead. Both men and women will enjoy this book and without giving spoilers, I'll add that this book has a lot of action without being overly graphic.
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I like it alot, the draw back was(don't worry no spoilers) is that I kind of figured it out in the beginning. But I really love the author so I can't wait till the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very intriguing
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