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Symbiont (Parasitology)

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (25 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478984767
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478984764
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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An incredible, disturbingly plausible tale of what happens to a world where medical treatments have minds of their own (i09.com)

Parasite is believable, disturbing and only the beginning . . . The distrubingly realistic plot, coupled with interspersed events of hostility from the infected, make for a suspense ridden read (SciFiNow)

A creepy spine-tingler of a medical thriller (Charles Stross)

The most readable, wittily written - and even charming zombie thriller in years (MORNING STAR)

Interesting, morally ambiguous characters and some genuinely unexpected plot developments . . lives up to its intriguing premise (THE LIST)

Existing in a unique space somewhere between medical thriller, psychological science fiction and body horror, Parasite is a properly chilling read (THE ELOQUENT PAGE)

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

Parasite is a thoroughly enjoyable nightmare (SUNDAY SPORT)

So tense that I sometimes forgot to breathe (THE NOCTURNAL LIBRARY on SYMBIONT) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Following Parasite, this is the second book in this CONTAGIOUS series about a miracle cure . . . and a nightmare side-effect - from the New York Times bestselling author of Feed --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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As another reviewer has said, this isn't perfect (it certainly doesn't reach the heights of the Newsflesh trilogy) but it is entertaining. I like Sal and I'm enjoying her character journey and development. The apocalyptic scenario is just about different enough - although you have to wonder if maybe Mira Grant just didn't get zombies out of her system yet (and if so I'm more than happy to have another book set in the Newsflesh universe). The highly morally ambiguous cliques that have formed around Banks, Cale and Sherman are a dark and nasty treat. There really are no white hats here - it's pick the sin you can live with. And I like the science. I've always appreciated the fact that Mira Grant doesn't talk down to her readers. So yes I enjoyed this and I will be reading Chimera when it is released.

However I found the plot to be a bit jumbled. Some of the reasons for Sal acting as she does are either spurious or just a bit too convenient time wise (yes, I bet she really did wake up after non elective brain surgery and think that's the time to escape - honestly! It was just a bit sloppy.) Sal does seem to spend a lot of time fainting etc but there are medical reasons for this so it didn't irritate me like it did some people. There is plenty of action but they seem to be disparate episodes rather than propping up the whole plot. I personally found the ending a bit feeble. Fine if you want a cliffhanger but this really just highlighted that there was a fair amount of padding in book one, again in this book and that condensed down we could of just had a really cracking duology or even a longer stand alone novel. So there were irritations.

It was saved by the Grant's writing, by the characterization and largely by the concepts and how they were presented. This is a good book - I think it just wasn't quite ready. All that aside I am looking forward to the conclusion in book three.
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This continuation of the Parasite novel is mostly very good, and a fitting sequel to its predecessor, albeit not reaching the same heights. Again it follows Sal and her loved ones through a tapeworm themed Zombie Apocalypse, and if you enjoyed the characters earlier, you will still like them now. My main complaint is that there are a number of clumsy & contrived situations that are specifically designed to drive the plot along.

**Minor spoilers/complaints follow**

Firstly there is a very clumsy retcon/continuity error from Parasite - Sal goes to fetch her dogs who are locked up in Nathan's apartment - only one problem - Sals dogs were with her at the end of Parasite. Also braving a Zombie Apocalypse just for some dogs and a change of clothes? REALLY? (Note my editions are both UK Kindle editions).

Secondly Sal seems to have decided that her Dad was only looking after her as part a nefarious Government plot - if thats the case - why did he let her go at the end of Parasite? In Parasite their relationship was far more complex, with a real sense of conflicted love and duty - this is all thrown overboard in the cause of making him another enemy of Sals "family". There are some hopes for this changing in the final book and some more complexity being (re) introduced but we shall have to wait and see. Additionally the military are still acting if they dont have any clue about entire causes of apocalypse - even though they have the whole of the weight of the US Govt on their side - even if its dying.

Thirdly the power and phone networks conveniently work when needed for the plot (Nathan also keeps his own mobile phone even though he's in a secret lab!
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I love Myra Grant, especially this series. This is the second in the Parasitology series.

Personally, I believe the first book in the series was so much better then this one. This one dragged quite a bit. There was a lot of talking about Sal's feelings that took up large amounts of chapters. While this gave you a good understanding towards the character, it was quite repetitive in places. Parts of the book seems poorly thought out too.

However, the storyline is amazing! The book took a different turn to how I thought it would go after the first book, but I loved it! Some details of the book are predictable, but the overall book has so many twists and turns. The writing overall is still brilliant. While most of the old characters appear in some form, the new characters add another level to parts of the story. This book has more comedy compared to the first in the series, but still has a few actions scenes thrown in.

Definitely recommend!!
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Loving this series. Have read Simbiont in a few days and will move straight onto the final book. The writing style is relaxed.
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Although well written etc, I just couldn't buy into to main plot idea.
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