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'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 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.
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.
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
I really enjoyed the Newsflesh series, so I was really looking forward to this. I'm honestly a bit disappointed. I understand what the author was trying to accomplish in delaying various revelations, but they were painfully obvious to me from the start, and that made it hard for the story to hold my interest. Add to that characters who are apparently being willfully stupid and making bad choices, and well, it stretched my suspension of disbelief a bit too far. I love the concept, there are several fun moments, and some characters that could be interesting if they didn't act like such idiots. I can't decide if I'm going to continue the series or not. It really feels like this novel should have been a short story. if the events in the book just happened on a shorter timescale it would have worked fine.
The reader's performance was great. I honestly don't think I could have finished this if I were reading it on paper.
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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!
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.
It is not often a book beats me.
I admit defeat.
The twist that is danced around for the majority of the novel is so painfully obvious that I would assume this was written for 6th graders.
The main character was so ridiculously selfish, childish, and dense that I could never muster up any amount of sympathy. She seemed like she was written based off the unbearable bratty preteen cliche you see in mediocre sitcoms. That may be by design, but I found it repugnant.
I could also not overlook her inconsistent traits. A running gag is her lack of knowledge when it comes to interpersonal skills. Slang, niceties, unwritten behavior.
She's still learning.
But during a pivotal scene she shows a mastery of social skills, reading manipulative behavior, and advanced psychology that floored me. I actually checked to see if I was listening to the same book.
What is just unforgivable is how such an interesting, nuanced theme like what we are given, one that touches on humanity, sentience, rights, and ethics, is wasted here.
If you like young adult/coming of age novels you may 'get' this character more than I could.
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