Author: Mira Grant

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Parasite by Mira Grant (Parasitology #1) – Review

October 14, 2013 Review 4 ★★★★

inanutshell2Parasite is a book that you probably don’t want to read while eating. It’s engaging, dark, and deliciously creepy. Fans of her Newsflesh trilogy won’t be disappointed – though it is less action-packed.

 

Parasite by Mira Grant (Parasitology #1) – ReviewRelease Date: October 29, 2013
Title: Parasite
Series: Parasitology #1
Author: Mira Grant
Pages: 512
Publisher: Orbit Books
Source: NetGalley
Available: Barnes and Noble | iBookstore | The Book Depository | Powell's
From the Publisher: 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 tapeworm 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.
4 Stars

Mira Grant has become one of my favorite authors because I never know what I’m going to get from her. And while this book had some measure of predictability to it (I guessed the big reveal almost right from the beginning), it didn’t matter. The world building and character development were enough to keep me reading.

In her trademark manner, each chapter was prefaced with text that was relevant but peripheral to the story. There were quotes from unpublished manuscripts, magazine interviews, and even descriptions of research footage from SymboGen’s laboratories. None of it was directly related to Sal’s story as it was being told, but every word was put there for a reason: to give the reader more information about what was happening.

I love this tactic.

But I have to be honest – this book is not going to be for everyone.

In addition to being about TAPEWORMS that TAKE OVER PEOPLE (yes, it really is), it’s actually a pretty slow moving book for the first half or so. But it works for the story. You have to intimately know Sal and how she thinks for this book – this series – to be what it needs to be. So Mira Grant took the time to set it up properly. If you can’t handle detailed and somewhat slow character development, you may not enjoy this book.

Even though it involves killer tapeworms.

I have no idea where the rest of the series is going to go. But I almost think that I kind of side with the parasites. *duck* (DOWN WITH THE EVIL CORPORATION)

What Others Are Saying:

  • The Social PotatoThis book is hauntingly compelling and amazingly creepy. It gives a lot of food for thought when it comes to biotechnology and bioengineering. It sure taught me that not all progress is good progress!
  • Fan Girl with Tea: If you’re really squeamish (and I mean really), you might want to give this book a pass.  It’s never specifically gory in its descriptions of the modified tapeworm, but just the idea of it is enough to give me the willies. But it’s a really effectively written thriller that completely sucked me in.
  • My Friends are Fiction: Parasite is a very unique and engaging book that left me feeling disturbed, squirmy and freaked out–but all in a good way.

 

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Review: Deadline by Mira Grant (Newsflesh #2)

March 12, 2012 Review 1 ★★★★★

Review: Deadline by Mira Grant (Newsflesh #2)Release Date: June 1, 2011
Title: Deadline
Series: Newsflesh #2
Author: Mira Grant
Pages: 624
Publisher: Orbit Books
Source: Owned
From the Publisher: Shaun Mason is a man without a mission. Not even running the news organization he built with his sister has the same urgency as it used to. Playing with dead things just doesn't seem as fun when you've lost as much as he has.

But when a CDC researcher fakes her own death and appears on his doorstep with a ravenous pack of zombies in tow, Shaun has a newfound interest in life. Because she brings news-he may have put down the monster who attacked them, but the conspiracy is far from dead.

Now, Shaun hits the road to find what truth can be found at the end of a shotgun.
5 Stars

WARNING! IF YOU HAVEN’T READ FEED, YOU MAY NOT WANT TO READ THIS REVIEW.

But really – WHY haven’t you read Feed? Go do it now!

 

There’s no middle book blues in this book. Deadline is just as good as Feed.

I’ve been trying to find the words to review this without repeating the same gushing from my review of Feed – but I haven’t had much luck.

I love that Georgia’s absence was never felt because of Shaun’s constant internal dialogue with her. I love that his staff never thought less of him because of that dialogue.

The ending – somewhat predictable, but it still left me speechless. BUT WHY DO YOU HATE US MIRA GRANT? Why WHY must you always leave us with these terrible cliffhangers?

You need to read this series people. DO IT!

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Review: Feed by Mira Grant (Newsflesh #1)

March 9, 2012 Review 1 ★★★★★

Review: Feed by Mira Grant (Newsflesh #1)Release Date: May 1, 2010
Title: Feed
Series: Newsflesh #1
Author: Mira Grant
Pages: 608
Publisher: Orbit Books
Source: Owned
From the Publisher: The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

NOW, twenty years after the Rising, Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives-the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will out, even if it kills them.
5 Stars

This is my first zombie book.

Our story opens where countless stories have ended in the last twenty-six years: with an idiot – in this case, my brother Shaun – deciding it would be a good idea to go out and poke a zombie with a stick to see what happens.

But the thing about it is that it’s really not a zombie book. There are few actual zombie attacks. The book is about what life is like as society struggles to rebuild.

At first, I had a hard time staying focused. I wasn’t really into the book and thought for sure it would be a 2 or 3 star rating.

But then everything changed.

Politics, conspiracy, murder.

I mean really – zombies as murder? That’s brilliant!

And the writing is top notch. There’s a lot of information to be had – information about the virus and how it started, how it’s treated or tested, how to kill zombies… it just goes on and on. But you never feel like you’re reading an information dump. It’s so skillfully woven into the story that you never even notice how much information is revealed until you’re done.

But what really pulled me in happened before the action started. The first third of the book is fairly political – the trio of main characters – Georgia, Shaun, and Buffy – were selected to follow presidential candidate Senator Peter Ryman on the campaign trail as official reporters/bloggers. And Grant’s words about the campaign seem to be oh-so-relevant to our current state of affairs, that I couldn’t help but read it as a political commentary on our own society.

Governor Tate is a man who cares so much about freedom that he’s willing to give it to you at gunpoint. He’s a man who cares so deeply about our schools that he supports shutting down public education in favor of vouchers distributed only to schools with with government safety certifications.

Do your research. Do your homework. Learn what this man would do to our country in the name of preserving a brand of freedom that is as  destructive as it is impossible to secure. Know your enemy.

That’s what freedom really means.

“You said the only way things could’ve gotten as bad as they did was if people were willing to take the first easy answer they could find and cling to it, rather than doing anything as complicated as actually thinking.”

“And you said that was human nature and I should be thankful we’re smarter than they are,” Shaun said. “And then you hit me.”

Our ancestors dreamed of a world without boundaries, while we dream new boundaries to put around our homes, our children, and ourselves. We limit our potential day after day in the name of a safety that we refuse to ever achieve. We took a world that was huge with possibility, and we made it as small as we could.

But never fear – it’s not all political in nature. There’s lots of action and conspiracy. There are plot twists – oh yes, there are plot twists. Things happen that you would never in a million years have dreamed of happening.

As I asked on Facebook last night, “Ever read a book where the ending just completely rocks your world? Yeah.”

So I leave you with that. This book rocked my world.

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