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Parasite Pig (Interstellar Pig #2)

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  296 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
The daring game of intergalactic chase that thrilled a generation of science fiction readers in Interstellar Pig has started again, and round two is deadly! This sequel to William Sleator's sly masterpiece takes readers on another hunt for the sinister Piggy, this time in the far reaches of space.

Poor Barney has a boring after-school job, earning money to repay his parents
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 9th 2004 by Firebird (first published 2002)
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Dec 31, 2008 Bruce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Months after Barney has fought off an attack by three vicious extra-terrestrials at his family’s beach house, he’s approached in the library by a strange character who wants to play the board game Interstellar Pig with Barney and his friends. Even though this is the very game that drew the aliens to earth and nearly killed him Barney unexpectedly invites the stranger to play. Barney also has a very strange desire to visit the planet J’koot, a very earthlike planet inhabited by giant crabs whose ...more
Julie Decker
Aug 22, 2014 Julie Decker rated it really liked it
In the previous book, Interstellar Pig, Barney dueled with aliens and saved the world, but his parents are ticked that he destroyed their beach house. Amusing himself playing the board game version of Interstellar Pig with friends as he works his summer job, he finds himself scooped up in an interplanetary adventure again when some of his game-mates are again not human. Barney ends up host to a parasitic creature that tries to control him, and is threatened by a giant wasp and gross space crabs ...more
Apr 25, 2016 Leena rated it it was ok
"Interstellar Pig" deserved a great sequel and the way things were left at the end staged an easy setting for one. The players were all still in the game, and the prize, the Piggy, very much out there. Unfortunately, this book is not worthy. When I re-read "Interstellar Pig" as an adult, I thoroughly enjoyed it. This afterthought of a book comes across tired and childish. Instead of the smart, subtle menace of the original, Sleator loads this book with situations meant to gross the reader out. T ...more
Oct 04, 2008 Anonymole rated it it was amazing
Freakin' bizarre! Fun though!
Jan 05, 2016 Jacob rated it liked it
Published 20 years after the original, this sequel may seem like a has-been author's desperate grab at reclaiming the magic of his best seller, and I was trying hard not to see it that way. The beginning didn't help; it's supposedly set less than a year after the original, but it feels like more time has passed. Technology has jumped to include cell phones and the Internet, and the main character is somehow in college. Okay, Barney's age in the original was never specified, and in this he's a hi ...more
Sep 21, 2009 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, sf
I loved Interstellar Pig, and read it over and over as a pre-teen and teenager, along with a handful of other William Sleator books, many of which held up to scrutiny on later re-reads. When I found this at a bookstore the other day I grabbed it, excited to discover a sequel that I hadn't known existed.
Sadly, it didn't impress. I didn't buy the premise from the start. Barney was a smart kid. Would he really keep playing the game?
Interstellar Pig was mildly funny, but also serious and scary to
Julie S.
Dec 30, 2010 Julie S. rated it really liked it
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As a big fan of the original, I was surprised I hadn't discovered this sequel yet, though I wish I had left it alone. Barney was never the strongest character, but moving the action to the crab planet, and spending most of the book in captivity exploring the boring-ass crab planet, didn't help his cause. The most interesting character, the parasite in Barney's brain, is wasted on a series of monologues that reveal way too little over way too much time - her thoughts are like a Lost episode, stuf ...more
Jul 01, 2015 Aasheeta rated it liked it
Sequels are rarely, if ever, as good as the original, but it was a fun blast back to my middle school days when I first read about Piggy!
Bryan Murdock
Jan 24, 2012 Bryan Murdock rated it liked it
Almost as good as the first (how many sequels get that review?). Seems like he spent a little too much time in the beginning on just trying to gross us out (which is probably perfect for the intended audience, I'm just getting old). Later the story developed a bit more of the makes-you-think kind of sci-fi that I like. If you liked Interstellar Pig then you should read this sequel. Like the first it is short, will creep you out just enough to make it fun, and will give you something to think abo ...more
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Feb 22, 2014 Grant Ansert rated it really liked it
Although not as good as Interstellar Pig, there is enough here to easily entertain. I read Interstellar Pig to my students every year and they always have the same question- what happens next? This book is a nice sequel and leaves you feeling a bit better at the end.
Aug 13, 2008 Swankivy rated it really liked it
I read the prequel of this, Interstellar Pig, when I was a li'l one, and it was one of my favorites from this author. Naturally I was surprised when, about fifteen years later, I discovered that the book had acquired a sequel. I bought it instantly and read it sometime later. It was just as good, and less predictable.
Sep 25, 2013 Beth added it
I was really surprised to see a sequel to Interstellar Pig in the school library. William Sleator does a good job of telling a weird Science Fiction story.
Lovely Rita
Jan 17, 2014 Lovely Rita rated it liked it
I love love love Interstellar Pig, and didn't realize there was a sequel. It was cleverly plotted but I didn't love it as much as the original.
Jul 13, 2010 Louise added it
Sequal to Interstellar Pig. Love when my questions are answered and sequals are as well written as the first in a series(I hope).
Oct 28, 2008 Mandi rated it really liked it
This is the most intergalatic and mystical plant book i have yet read! it is cool!!!!!
Justin Cole
Great follow-up to the first one and I like how it resolved the poor ending of the first one.
Nov 11, 2012 Molly rated it liked it
Not as good as the first and a good deal darker, but still a fascinating mind-f*ck.
Sep 27, 2007 Carol rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy this book as much as Interstellar Pig, but it was still a fun read.
May 28, 2012 Sgr rated it it was amazing
Loved it. This left we feeling as if I knew the characters my entire life.
Michaela Hayes
Jan 25, 2010 Michaela Hayes rated it did not like it
i havent read this book but my brother has it and it looks stupid.
Mabel Aguirre
Mar 06, 2013 Mabel Aguirre rated it liked it
It was very odd and took a few pages to get into but I enjoyed it.
Aug 14, 2008 Tim rated it it was ok
Sequel! Those aliens never learn. Well, ok, one of them does.
Jul 29, 2007 Michael rated it really liked it
Sick and twisted and wonderful. Avoid if you fear parasites.
Jul 11, 2007 Sarah rated it it was amazing
This is the sequel to Interstellar Pig.
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William Warner Sleator III was born in Havre de Grace, Maryland on February 13, 1945, and moved to St. Louis, MO when he was three. He graduated from University City High School in 1963, from Harvard in 1967 with BAs in music and English.

For more than thirty years, William Sleator thrilled readers with his inventive books. His House of Stairs was named one of the best novels of the twentieth cent
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