Parasite

By Mira Grant (Hardcover Book, 2013)
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.
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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.

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.
  • "A riveting near-future medical thriller that reads like the genetically-engineered love child of Robin Cook and Michael Crichton." (John Joseph Adams ).

  • "Readers with strong stomachs will welcome this unusual take on the future." (Kirkus Reviews).

  • "Fans of [the Newsflesh] series will definitely want to check this new book out. But fans of Michael Crichton-style technothrillers will be equally enthralled: as wild as Grant's premise is, the novel is firmly anchored in real-world science and technology." (Booklist).

  • "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." (Publishers Weekly).

  • "It's a well-grounded medical wariness that gets at the heart of what the Parasitology series will be asking: What happens when the cure is worse than the disease?" (NPR Books).

  • "Great premise, fun characters...! What's not to love?"  (Sci Fi Now Magazine (UK)).

  • "An exceptionally creepy medical-horror thriller that's the perfect spine-tingling read for Halloween... [a] roller coaster ride." (Fort Worth Star-Telegram).

  • "It will definitely be worth readers' while to invest in this new series." ( RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars) ).

  • "The zombie novel Robert A. Heinlein might have written." (Sci-Fi Magazine on Feed).

  • "A masterpiece of suspense." (Publishers Weekly on Feed (Starred review)).

  • "Deft cultural touches, intriguing science, and amped-up action will delight Grant's numerous fans."  (Publishers Weekly on Deadline).

  • "Unnervingly believable...disturbingly realistic...a suspense ridden read." (SciFi Now (UK)).

Product Details

Parasite
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Price: $20.00 US/$22.00 CAN
  • Pages: 512
  • Physical Dimensions: 6" x 9-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316218955
  • On Sale Date: 10/29/2013
Parasite