Symbiont : Parasitology

  • by Mira Grant
  • Narrated by Christine Lakin
  • Series: Parasitology
  • 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The second book in Mira Grant's terrifying parasitology series.
The enemy is inside us.
The SymboGen designed tapeworms were created to relieve humanity of disease and sickness. But the implants in the majority of the world's population began attacking their hosts turning them into a ravenous horde.
Now those who do not appear to be afflicted are being gathered for quarantine as panic spreads, but Sal and her companions must discover how the tapeworms are taking over their hosts, what their eventual goal is, and how they can be stopped.

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Like a worm in my brain

I liked this book so much -- despite its flaws -- that I can't wait to hear the next one.

Before I list any flaws, let me say that the story itself is truly original and Grant's exploration of what it means to be a symbiont/host is elegant. There's a lot to reflect on here, in regards to who we are as people, and what makes us human. I found myself caring a great deal about the characters, and wanting to know what would happen next.

Somewhere early on in the book, I realized that it was intended for young adults (which I am not) and I do wish that YA books would be more clearly labeled. I know the lines are blurring between good YA fiction and adult fiction these days. But the characteristics that frustrated me are actually common tropes of YA fiction. The heroine is often confused about things that adults would understand, adults are either one-dimensionally evil or simply inscrutable, and then there's the repetition that the other reviewer was talking about. Repetition may be good for young readers, or people who didn't read the first book in the series, or -- lets face it -- adults who aren't paying close attention to the book, for instance if they listen while driving.

In the end, I think that I was so frustrated by these qualities precisely because the story itself is so good. I will definitely listen to part three regardless.
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- Pam "Science writer in America's heartland"

It bothered me how much this book needed editing

The things that frustrate me the most about this book are:
1) It was obviously lengthened for the sake of lengthening.
2) It was overly redundant. (Grant could have reduced its unnecessary wordiness by going through and removing how many times the characters rehashed plot points and feelings over and over and over again).
3) If it wasn't being redundant, it was contradicting itself.

I feel like sometimes this isn't the fault of the author though, it is the fault of the editor (which should have caught most of these issues). A good editor takes a knife to the story and usually removes these redundancies and contradictions. I feel like what we are getting are published first drafts, and it just takes me right out the story as I try to listen to it.

Grant (McGuire) is formerly one of my favorite authors. But this hack-edit job is starting to be a recurring theme in her books. It has been the reason I haven't enjoyed much/any of her newer works.

However, the one redeeming thing about this book is that the narrator, Christine Lakin, continues doing a marvelous job. She is fantastic, and I will be searching out more audio books narrated by her.
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- 5ismyfavoritenumber

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-25-2014
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio