A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease.
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.
©2013 Mira Grant (P)2013 Hachette Audio
There are few things better than a good story well told!
It was a compelling listen. I would hold off ranking it until I've completed the series.
I did even thought the writing seemed to get boggy in the middle part of the story and seemed repetitive. Overall it held my attention from start to finish. The premise is interesting, if extremely creepy. A genetically modified parasite becomes a wildly sought after medical device. It does everything from dispensing vitamins to managing diabetes to curing cancer. All from inside the human body once implanted. But then this microscopic miracle "rebels" and people start to "sleep walk". And worse.
A word of caution: this is apparently the first in a series. The story by no means ends here.
I wasn't sure I'd like this one, but Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire) delivered yet again. Whether horror, dystopian or straight fantasy, I'm putting her firmly in my 'buy-everything-this-woman-writes' category
Really liked the story and the narrator.
Tanzy (spelling- remmeber I listened - not read) was a crazy character
When Sal goes to D-Symbogen for taking care of business (I don't want to spoil with more info).
The GMO: Parasite
The story is easy to follow but still makes you think and to figure out some of the connections. As I listened through I kept trying to guess and solve the puzzle. I use the word "puzzle" loosely though. It, by no means, takes it away from the fun of the story. I recently watched Cloud Atlas and I thought the puzzle aspect of it was so much that it took the joy out of watching a movie, and made it into a (almost) 3 hours of work. If you want to enjoy biology, and science fiction you will like this book. I also really enjoyed the narration by Christine Lakin. In fact, I started looking to see what other books she narrated. It was amazing how many different voices she produced to "speak" different characters. It really added to the joy of this audiobook. I will be anxiously waiting for the second book.
I've been stuck in a book rut for a while now. I was hesitant when I read the reviews on this book, and series. It's been in my wish list for a while, but it's a female narrator (I prefer male) and a questionable story line.
I'm glad I took the leap. Just a few short chapters in, I was full of joy I've found a (new to me) author to follow! The story line is very well done and 'Mira Grant' does a fantastic job of giving enough detail, while at the same time not drolling on. You can't help but become caught up in this book.
Other positive notes:
*It's a good long book. I like long books when they're done right. This one is done right.
*Christine Lakin does a great job with the narration!
*The book leaves you wanting more
Only Negative: I've finished book 2 and was not as impressed with it. However, book one could stand on it's own fairly well. Book 1 does not tie up all the lose ends, or bring you to a great conclusion, but I could have walked away after book 1 and been okay with it.
Book two does leave you hanging. I haven't decided yet if I'll be in for book 3 when it comes out, or not.
I have read a lot of reviews talking about help the ending of this book is predictable. Yeah, I suppose in a way it is, but the reactions of the characters in the story to this ending was what was truly intriguing. There was a lot of twists and turns in this story and a lot of surprises. So ultimately I didn't find this story predictable at all. So far I think excellently done. I have already downloaded the second book in this Trilogy, and I can't wait to get started
Both my teenage son and I enjoyed this book with it's blend of science, suspense and plot twists. The narration was excellent, and I look forward to the continuation of the story, if a book 2 is forthcoming.
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This is the kind of Zombie-Book I think I can handle... the kind with no outright mention of Zombies!!
It started out great, a very intriguing futuristic medical mystery; I was sucked in from the beginning! But then about two thirds or three quarts of the way in it took SUCH A TURN that I was derailed. Try as I might, the plot turned into a such preposterous comedy for me (albeit a suspenseful and intriguing one) that I lost interest. I pushed through to get to the end just to wrap it up.
But still, it wasn’t bad and I’ll read book 2 (Symbiont) if it comes on sale.... maybe.... I dunno, the twist is just too twisted.
As you can see, I am conflicted with this one!
The story itself is exceptional keeping you wanting for more.
Christine Lakin brings the characters to life quite well and makes it quite entertaining.
Tansy. She is so delightfully creepy and random. Funny and scary at the same time.
Christine Lakin brought each of the characters to life, reflecting their own distinct personalities.
Hope to see a continuation soon
This is more of a YA book with a good premise and poor execution. The big reveal is obvious very quickly, and not stated until the very end of the book making it very anti-climatic. A very young reader might enjoy it. And a young reader might excuse the unrealistic behavior by all characters throughout the book.
While the premise was interesting enough to keep me reading, and I initially liked the main character, about half way through the book things fell apart in a big way. The interpersonal relationships all took batshit crazy turns, and the cloak-and-dagger, conspiracy theory angle had my eyes crossed with boredom. In retrospect, I wish I'd gotten it in print so I could have skimmed the last half of the book.
This is not to criticize the narrator, who was absolutely fine. I wouldn't mind hearing her read other books... although maybe not by this author.
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