V-Virus (Peeps, #1)
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V-Virus (Peeps #1)

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Avant de rencontrer Morgane, Cal était un étudiant new-yorkais tout à fait ordinaire. Il aimait la fête et les bars, la vie insouciante du campus. Il aura suffi d'une seule nuit d'amour, la première, pour que sa vie bascule. Désormais, Cal est porteur sain d'une étrange maladie. Ceux qui en sont atteints ne supportent plus la lumière du jour, fuient ceux qu'ils ont aimés e...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published February 22nd 2007 by Milan (first published January 1st 2005)
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★ Jess
Jun 09, 2014 ★ Jess rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 'Uglies' fans, those looking for a fresh vampire story
Dont have sex, because you will turn into a vampire, and die.
Thats the message I picked up on in 'Peeps'. Funny, because Westerfelds other book, Uglies, the message was dont pollute the environment. A bit of a difference in moral there...

Anyway, I really enjoyed this book. It wins the 'Weirdest Book I Have Ever Read In My Life' award. Scott Westerfeld has created a fantastic urban-fantasy, set in modern day New York. It is weird and strange, but utterly creative and highly unique.
Basically, v...more
This is a young adult book? It might be marketed for the teenage crowd, but I'd say it's more adult, less young.

Things that should not be in YA fiction: four-letter words (including the worst one), a casual attitude toward promiscuity and uncommitted sex, visits to a gay bar, and a not-very-subtle contempt for religious beliefs, expressed with a condescending and scornful voice.

Things in this book: all of the above.

If you can get past that, it's actually a pretty good book. It's easy to read, w...more
Emma (Miss Print)
Sep 02, 2007 Emma (Miss Print) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of vampire novels/sf/urban fantasy type novels
I was going to say this is one of Scott Westerfeld's earlier novels, but they all seem to have come onto the scene around 2005. Instead I'll say this, it's one that's set in New York City.

So, here's a reason to advocate abstinence only sex education: You can turn into a vampire if you exchange saliva with the wrong person. Cal, unfortunately, misses out on this lesson--so after a drunken one night stand he ends up as a vampire. As you might have guessed, these are not your grandmother's vampires...more
Maggie Stiefvater
Mar 23, 2014 Maggie Stiefvater rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of FEED
I loved this tight, scientific vampire book. It's a sparsely written, fast-paced novel about a disease that mimics vampirism and the end of the world.

Aug 29, 2008 Kim rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: science geeks, those looking for innovative vampire tales
Shelves: ya
This review will include two sentences I never expected to write in a review, namely:
1. "This book does not contain any sickly sweet marshmallow candy"* and
2. "Ew, ew, ew!"
Does that make you want to keep reading? I hope so, because Scott Westerfeld, who for my money is among the best YA authors writing these days, has created a believable and realistic take on the vampire legend which I don't recommend for the squeamish, and probably not for the romantic, either. There are no spooky castles here...more
Kevin Fanning
Interest premise, fun ride. Loved that the female protagonist wasn't all helpless and actually was smarter/funnier/more interesting than the lead male. HOWEVER I could not wrap my head around the rhythm of her voice. The author had her doing weird things like saying "Dude" at the end of EVERY sentence, which made no sense and got irritating very quickly. But that's the only complaint, awesome book.
"I lost my virginity to the apocalypse!"

Scott Westerfeld's Peeps is another great off the wall vampire novel. A far cry from Anne Rice's sultry, albeit long, stories about vampires, Westerfeld takes the classic vampire and pretty much rips it apart. In Peeps vampires are more like people with a nasty case of syphilis than sexy indestructible gods. Being a vampire means being infected with a parasite that craves circulation above all else. Drinking blood is kind of a... side effect of the parasi...more
The basis of the horror in this novel isn't occult, but scientific. Parasites make their hosts do things. True horror & there are a lot of examples. I asked some friends who knew more & garnered a few interesting links on it. When I finished the book, I found that the author said they were all real parasites & even has a bibliography. I recognized at least one of the books he lists as being in the more reading section of one of the articles below.

Parasite "Brainwashes" Rats Into Crav...more
This one’s an interesting reinvention of the vampire myth—vampirism is a sexually transmitted parasite, an idea that Westerfeld explores fully, and often with great creativity and zest. (You know how that bit about vamps—sorry, peeps—being afraid of crosses came about? One of the parasite’s adaptations is to attack the brain and make you hate everything you used to love, so infected people won’t just hang around noshing on their neighbors and get killed by the mob with torches and pitchforks rig...more
This book is entirely appropriate for teens. It does have a little swearing in the novel, but what teen has not heard swear words by the age of 10? The novel does not condone casual sex---in fact casual sexual encounters have horrible consequences in this novel. The main character goes into a gay bar once, with no sexual activity whatsoever.
Coddling teens is something I abhor and being ignorant of the world is not to be aspired to. This book is far more appropriate than the popular Twilight ser...more
Greta is Erikasbuddy
WOW!! This was definately a different take on our sexy blood suckers. Really neat!! I loved how they linked everything up with parasites and even the side chapters that gave us a brief edumacation about the little ankle biters. Tre' cool!!

The author warned us about the GRAPHIC GRODY Detail in the book but not once did it turn my stomach. I guess the girlies who don't like icky things might not dig the chapters about hookworms and meatworms and stuff like that. It was all very interesting, though...more
Woah. This book is creepy. Giant rats, vampires, and lots and lots of SCIENCE (very readable—no bio background required). Oh tales of epidemics, I love you so. Check this one out for sure!
I enjoyed this book very much, and didn't get why everyone said it was so creepy
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I have to give props to any book of the horror genre that can actually make me twitch and squirm. Bugs and parasites are so freakin' gross and creepy to me, so if Westerfield was going for a shock factor he got me a a bit shaken there. Ironically, though, his chapter on Crohn's disease was what bothered me the most, and what makes it ironic is that it was about the absence of parasites. I found that disturbing and funny, and kind of not funny. Damn it. Ugh! Why does this book make me feel like I...more
ℂᖺαᖇᒪἷ℮ ⊰1017 &Tardis⊱
This is the tenth book by Scott Westerefeld that I've read. He is one of my favorite authors, and this book was not a disappointment. It's funny, intriguing, gross, original and fun.
Here's why.
Cal, who is an awesome narrator talks to the reader in a personable way, even mentioning pages and reading, etc. He is often funny and endearing and quite likable. (A little too much, perhaps?)
All other Scott Westerfeld books I've read are in third person, but this is in first (which made it better)
It's i...more
Tessa Gratton
In PEEPS, Scott Westerfeld takes the vampirism-as-disease trope to a whole new level.

Cal came to New York for college and adventure. What he got was a parasite that slowly took over his body. Fortunately, Cal's just a carrier: he gets night-vision, strength, speed, and a taste for red meat (or maybe that's just the Texan in him). His job is to track down the girlfriends he passed the parasite on to before realizing he was infected. They aren't so lucky - they've got the full-blown disease and ha...more
DURING READING: So far it's not holding me in. It's been a fairly uninteresting biology lesson.

AFTER READING: OH MY that was horrible. Just horrible. I hate myself for having finished it.

It's about a boring parasite living under the streets of NY who finally makes his appearance and is slightly defeated. OH MY GOD It's lame.

The entire book is spent discussing PARASITES... not just like.. hey they are what they are.. no, a long, detailed DISTURBING look at specific, real-life parasites (like a...more
Peeps is the story of Cal, a young man who is a carrier of a parasite that causes vampirism. This parasite is spread through sexual contact and saliva. Cal works for the Night Watch, a centuries-old institute that hunts down out of control peeps.

Peeps stands for parasite-positive, people who have been infected with the parasite that causes vampirism. Scott Westerfeld creates a vampire lore that is based on parasitic infection. Every even numbered chapter has a description of a parasite, it's lif...more
This Westerfeld book was a pleasant surprise after my disappointment in the Uglies series. The plot is an interesting and entertaining premise of a fictional parasite spread in humans that basically turns them into cannibals (don't worry, there are no details or scenes of the actual cannabalism). Humans who have the parasite, but not the symptoms, are carriers who track down the "Parasite-positives," or "peeps" and get them contained and medical help.

What was particularly fascinating, though, wa...more
This book is about vampires, like twilight, but it is totally different. Vampirism is a disease, and it it spread through having sex with peeps, (Parasite Positives), being bitten by a rat, and something else...
The symptoms are
-hating everything you used to love
-hating the sun
-drinking blood
-hanging out with rats
-and wanting to eat meat.
I liked this book because it was exciting, and unexpected things were always happening.
mild cursing

i liked the character Lace because she sort of knew w...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
This is probably one of Scott Westerfeld's weirdest and creepiest books, which takes place in a futuristic world where everyone is turning into vampire/zombie creatures. Although a little gross and bizarre at some points, it is overall a good story. If you like Scott Westerfeld, this book will not be a disappointment.
This is undoubtedly one of the weirdest books I've ever read...but you could tell Westerfeld had an absolute blast with it. And the thing is, it worked.

Cal is a peep-hunter; he tracks down humans infected with a little-known parasite that causes what most of us think of as vampirism. Cal himself is a carrier; an infected human with only a few superhuman side effects and none of the insanity that most other peeps have. Cal carries out his work in secret, until the day he accidentally stumbles up...more
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Aug 18, 2008 Linnea rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: science nerds, vampire nerds, young adult fiction nerds
This taps into my deep seated love of cheesy young adult fiction. In fact, I feel like there should be a support group for adult lovers of young adult fiction - LYAFA (Lovers of Young Adult Fiction Anonymous). I'll brew the coffee.

But I digress. This book was given to me by my aunt Cathy, who is a super cool science nerd. She was intrigued by the book's treatment of vampirism as a parasite. The idea of providing a scientific reason for old fashioned monsters isn't new, but the books take on the...more
Cal is a relatively newly minted peeps (aka parasite-positive or in plain terms a vampire) caught between the world of peeps (super human, parasite infested, blood hungry psychos) and the "saner" human world. For the last six months, he's been gathering up his old girlfriends whom he'd accidentally turned into deranged lunatics for the secret peep society, The Night Watch. Now Cal is going after his maker, the mysterious Morgan. What he finds is many a rat infested rooms, a smart-mouth, clever a...more
Gaaah. I love this book... mostly because of the parasite facts. I love parasites! But not literally, just in books where they can't touch me. But of course parasites are a part of life and I can't really avoid them entirely.

Anyway, as many theories about vampires I've read, this is by far one of my favorites. Probably the most interesting and convincing take on how vampires came to be. (Although I did keep on getting confused about the specifics of the disease).

I found this book fascinating. I...more
Wart Hill
SO! I just read a review of this book that made me go O.O. Apparently teens shouldn't read swear words. Also they shouldn't read books that have a "casual attitude" about sex or promiscuity. Or gay bars. Or contempt for religious beliefs.

Lots of O.O

I read this book when I was a teen. I turned out okay. I think. Tho I'm pretty sure if they person who wrote that review knew I was a queer Trans guy, she might disagree. :P

In lieu of this, I am planning to reread Peeps! Because I haven't read it in a...more
Penni Russon
Funny, smart, cute. I read this while teaching plotting and story structure, so I was very mindful of the way Westerfeld put the story together. The plotting is brilliant. It's almost like a game narrative, this constant 'level up' until he has to face the big bad, but entwining the action story beautifully with the relationship elements. The ending was unexpected, but extremely well foreshadowed. The secondary commentary on the parasites was a fantastic story element, adding depth to the story....more
Aug 22, 2014 Em rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people
Shelves: favorites
Okay, I know that it's on my favorites shelf, even though I only gave it a 3-star rating, but that isn't a mistake.
This book is pretty cool. I like that vampirism is an STD and that it's a parasite that induces anathema and insanity. That basically digs into the whole foundation of the vampire myth. It's dark, disturbing, scientifically possible, and is related to sex. So all good on this front.
Also, I found it quite educational to find the little mini-chapters telling the reader a bit more abou...more
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Scott Westerfeld is a New York Times bestselling author of YA. He was born in the Texas and now lives in Sydney and New York City. In 2001, Westerfeld married fellow author Justine Larbalestier.

He is best know for the Uglies and Leviathan series, and his next book, Afterworlds, comes out September 23, 2014.

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