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a turtle’s eye view – parasite by mira grant

disclaimer – i was provided an e-galley of this book by orbit books in exchange for an honest review.

symbogen – with your health in mind!
sally mitchell had a horrible car crash and ended up in a coma. just when her family was facing the decision to cease life support, sally woke up, only she didn’t remember anything from her life. that sally, now sal, seems to have woken up courtesy of her symbogen intestinal parasite’s medical powers is the best anyone can figure and now symbogen is VERY interested in sal’s recovery, every step of it. they’re monitoring her and paying for all of her therapy, physical and mental.

“symbogen – with our wealth in mind!”
six years later, sal is still learning. symbogen is still in her life. and, by the way, exactly how far are they taking this ‘monitoring’? how deep have they wiggled into her life? and how much say does sal really have? turning to a wider view, the united states is facing a new illness. they call it the “sleeping sickness” and it strikes without warning; no one knows why or how to treat it. should symbogen have seen it coming? did they see it coming?

“symbogen – with your life in the balance!”
welcome to parasite, the newest horror to spring from the mind of mira grant. it is obvious that she has done a great deal of research on the nature and nurture of parasites and she is using that research to chilling ends in this novel. worms have never been as fascinating, as intriguing, and as completely terrifying as they are here. written at her usual breakneck pace, grant leaves nothing out while spinning a web of questions and deceits that give the reader no undue previews of what’s in the days ahead. we’re learning at the same pace as the main characters, which means we’re just a scared, just as confused, and just as ready to believe what maybe shouldn’t be believed.

mira grant has once again written a story that had my heart racing and my breath quickening. she’s taken the (somewhat) ordinary and twisted it until is nearly unrecognizable and capable of killing in beautifully horrific ways. and, in the afterword, grant recommends reading parasite rex by carl zimmer but i’ve chosen not to do that. i think i like my parasites as written by grant: terrifying, on the cusp of possibly destroying life on earth, and, hopefully, completely fictional.

four out of five stars