So here's the thing. I'm a huge Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant fan. The woman can't write a bad book. And there's a lot that is fun and interesting in this...moreSo here's the thing. I'm a huge Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant fan. The woman can't write a bad book. And there's a lot that is fun and interesting in this book. I think my problem with the book, which I've now read twice, is both the foreshadowing and some of the plot structure.
(view spoiler)[ First off, it's really obvious that Sal is a tapeworm. All those dreams, the drums of the heart beat. There is, as we are told from the outset, none of the original Sally left. Which means that SymboGen must know she's a tapeworm. Which is why they are likely studying her. But after she wakes up from the accident, are we really to believe that none of the conventional medical exams included an MRI of her brain, showing her US Army physician father that she's now a tapeworm? Really? And Nathan, a parasitologist with the genetic engineering mom, doesn't realize at any point that she's a tapeworm? Furthermore, after looking around at all these sleepwalkers and listening to Adam and Tansy (who I loved) talk about their emergence from the nascent state of requiring human movement, language, etc. Sal never stops to think that this precise process describes her past 6 years? Ever? Yes, yes, denial is a powerful thing. But I just struggle with this, and struggle with Nathan not realizing what her dreams mean, and her father not digging deeper, etc.
BTW, I have to admit that for a time I kept thinking of Stephenie Meyer's only good book, The Host, while reading Parasite. Of course, Mira's writing is equalled only by her research into the topic, so after a short while, I just got over it. And as one of my GR friends, Mona, has stated, the book gives you a lot to think about in terms of pharma companies and how we willingly follow their statements about their products' safety, etc. That issue looms as large as the ever present sci-fi issue of "what makes us human?" in my mind.
So beyond this, I've got questions about who knew what when and how accidental Sally's accident really was. Tansy and Sherman have been tapeworms longer and clearly Shanti Cale knew how to create one. While I don't think Dr. Banks caused her accident, I'm curious as to whether Dr. Cale did and the broader implications of that. But what the heck with all the sleepwalkers moaning "Sah-lee?" It's not like she's the only tapeworm in town. Why can't they moan "Taaaan-sy?" It's hard to believe that Sal is the only tapeworm trigger, frankly, which the books seems to be setting up to be the case. (hide spoiler)]
Still, I'm looking forward to the next book, in spite of my quibbles about the first one. (First books often being sticky things for plot setup, anyway, right?) Ms. McGuire, perhaps I should just give you a credit card number and you put me on autoship. What do you say? It would simplify things. LOL
This is a jewel of a book. I wish I'd read it when it was first published so that I'd have had the pleasure of rereading it several times over by now....moreThis is a jewel of a book. I wish I'd read it when it was first published so that I'd have had the pleasure of rereading it several times over by now. It is never trite, never cliched. As someone who was (much less) sick as a child and dealt with hovering parents, and then volunteered for over a decade with cancer and transplant children who chafed at hovering parents with that exquisite combination of worry, guilt and frustrated independence, I can say this book is about as authentic in feel as I could imagine a book about dying children could be, without being unbearable. In fact, it is a funny, poignant view of life. Life which, for the brave of heart, is forever entwined with love and loss.(less)
I quite enjoyed this series, which I found thought provoking, in spite of the problematic understanding of genetics, or illogical aspects of the final...moreI quite enjoyed this series, which I found thought provoking, in spite of the problematic understanding of genetics, or illogical aspects of the finale. It's most impressive to me that Veronica Roth is so very young. The world building and character development in these three books are better than that of many seasoned authors. I look forward to seeing what she does next. I hope that she will imagine a new world and characters as compelling as those in the Divergent trilogy.(less)