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Parasite
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Parasite
Parasitology Series, Book 1
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.



Parasitology

Parasite

Symbiont

Chimera


For more from Mira Grant, check out:


Newsflesh

Feed

Deadline

Blackout


Newsflesh Short Fiction (e-only novellas)

Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box

Countdown

San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats

How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea

The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell

Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus

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.



Parasitology

Parasite

Symbiont

Chimera


For more from Mira Grant, check out:


Newsflesh

Feed

Deadline

Blackout


Newsflesh Short Fiction (e-only novellas)

Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box

Countdown

San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats

How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea

The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell

Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus

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  • Mira Grant lives in California, sleeps with a machete under her bed, and highly suggests you do the same. Mira Grant is the pseudonym of Seanan McGuire - winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for best new writer. Find out more about the author at www.miragrant.com or follow her on twitter @seananmcguire.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from August 5, 2013
    In the year 2021, a car crash leaves 20-year-old Sally Mitchell amnesiac. She owes her life to the apparently benign implant of a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by SymboGen. Six years after the crash, as Sally seeks to recover her identity, outbreaks of sinister “sleepwalking” incidents—ignored by the media—fuel Grant’s mordant satire of the corporate public relations world. SymboGen’s widely accepted patented Intestinal Bodyguard tapeworm suppresses illnesses, but Sally’s boyfriend, parasitologist Nathan Kim, wonders what the cost is. A running series of comments by Symbogen cofounder Dr. Steven Banks and his renegade former colleague Dr. Shanti Cale provide a parallel to Sally’s desperate quest for information, as SymboGen’s good intentions become increasingly suspect. Grant extends the zombie theme of her Newsflesh trilogy to incorporate thoughtful reflections on biomedical issues that are both ominously challenging and eerily plausible. Sally is a complex, compassionate character, well suited to this exploration of trust, uncertainty, and the price of progress. Agent: Diana Fox, Fox Literary.

  • Kirkus

    May 1, 2013
    Grant's latest lands readers in 2027, when most people sport implants that help them regulate their health. The book concerns a future in which the population intentionally ingests worms. The parasites in question are tapeworms, and they're programmed to help their hosts overcome disease and other health issues. Since their introduction, tapeworms have become an accepted health resource. SymboGen, the enormous corporate entity that developed the tapeworm technology under the leadership of Dr. Steven Banks, has grown and prospered with the continued employment of the parasites. Now they're interested in Sally Mitchell, or Sal, as she likes to be called. Badly injured in a car accident, Sal finally awoke from a coma to find herself a blank slate. She had to relearn everything, even language. But she's very different from the old Sally, and since SymboGen was in on her recovery, they're continuing to closely monitor her. Sal hates it and distrusts the company's founder, Banks, but she knows she owes her life to SymboGen. She and her doctor boyfriend, Nathan, harbor reservations about SymboGen's motives. When people with implants start turning into zombielike creatures, they know something alarming is going on. After Nathan experiences the death of someone close to him and Sal receives a mysterious message with ties to someone else's past, the two start seeking answers. What they find is surprising and, for one of them, the end to a heartbreaking personal chapter. Grant's fans are accustomed to her tackling unusual subjects, and this is no exception. Despite a great deal of silly melodrama along the way, and lots of rambling filler, the action moves at a good pace. Readers with strong stomachs will welcome this unusual take on the future. The ending is a place holder for future volumes in the series.

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  • Library Journal

    Starred review from October 1, 2013

    As Sally Mitchell's doctors attempt to convince her family to take her off life support following a horrific car accident, Sally opens her eyes and sits up. Her miraculous resurrection is attributed to her Intestinal Bodyguard, a bioengineered tapeworm designed to keep humans free of disease. Six years later, Sal can only remember her life after the accident but trusts completely that her tapeworm kept her alive. However, as ordinary people start showing signs of a brain-altering infection, Sal is drawn deep into the history of the world's first designer parasite. Perhaps SymboGen isn't as altruistic as it wishes to appear. Perhaps the tapeworms are not so benevolent. Perhaps the tapeworms are ready to be in control. VERDICT Horrifying, riveting, and a bit too plausible, this work is a tour de force. Grant ("Newsflesh" trilogy), a pseudonym of Seanan McGuire ("October Daye" series), has penned a layered sf thriller reminiscent of those by Michael Crichton, with perfect pacing, touches of humor, and just enough medical jargon to make one believe. After finishing this first volume in an anticipated trilogy, readers will have a hard time waiting for the next installment. [See Prepub Alert, 4/15/13.]--Jennifer Beach, Cumberland Cty. P.L., VA

    Copyright 2013 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • John Joseph Adams A riveting near-future medical thriller that reads like the genetically-engineered love child of Robin Cook and Michael Crichton.
  • Kirkus Reviews Readers with strong stomachs will welcome this unusual take on the future.
  • Publishers Weekly Grant extends the zombie theme of her Newsflesh trilogy to incorporate thoughtful reflections on biomedical issues that are both ominously challenging and eerily plausible. Sally is a complex, compassionate character, well suited to this exploration of trust, uncertainty, and the price of progress.
  • Sci-Fi Magazine on Feed The zombie novel Robert A. Heinlein might have written.
  • Publishers Weekly on Feed (Starred review) A masterpiece of suspense.
  • Publishers Weekly on Deadline Deft cultural touches, intriguing science, and amped-up action will delight Grant's numerous fans.
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