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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Parasites is a YA science fiction, solarpunk exploration novel that takes place at the end of the universe, just as it slowly starts to contract in the ‘big crunch’. On the planet Lyra, humans evolved late, on a resource-poor world, in a resource-poor solar system. The Lyrans master space flight, only to discover that their nearest worlds have also been stripped of resourc ...more
Kindle Edition, 315 pages
Published October 2019
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Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Thank you to the author for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion. This book is available now.

When it comes to sci-fi writing, I’m pretty picky. It’s very easy for me to lose interest, or just give up because I get confused by the “sciencey stuff” (don’t mind me, I’m just over here making up new phrases). There was never any danger of that with Parasites, however. It was a unique book and kept me entertained from beginning to end.

I think the biggest strength the author di
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you’re looking for a sci-fi book with awesome characters and a great adventure, look no further. This book is jam packed with everything you’re looking for. I loved all the characters except one but I will not name him since it can be considered a spoiler. The science was such an interesting aspect to this story, the author did a great job in making everything believable and what I mean by this is we as humans can possibly overcome technological advances sometime in the future. The creatures ...more
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
A huge thank you to the author for providing a copy with a lovely thank you note!

What a trip!

This story is perfect for sci-fi fans and I will recommend it to them. We are introduced to likeable and smart characters that are self sufficient and mature which means there’s no time for silly romances or fights for drama sake.
The world(s) are well thought through so the author does not leave you to fill in the gaps instead describes everything allowing you to sink into their world which is important
Nadja Petković
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
First of all, I want to thank the author for sending me a free copy of his book in exchange for an honest review, so here it is! Also, I was so surprised when I opened the package and found the card from the author, wishing me a happy reading, which was so nice and thoughtful. It really made me want to read Parasites even more.
This book was really, really good! And that's coming from a person that usually don't read sci-fi. It's just not my genre. But I was intrigued by the title, and honestly j
Darran Handshaw
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I found Parasites when I put out a tweet about whether any other authors had a book about an engineer in a ruined city. And man, was I not disappointed when Samuels tweeted back at me and I found a new, great book to read.

Parasites follows the adventures of a pair of explorers that drive a special hover car through dimensional rifts called thinnings. The premise is highly original and it reminded me a bit of Stargate or Sliders (which really took me back to when I waa younger). The explorers ar
Traveling Cloak
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
On the planet Lyra, resources are scarce - forcing the humans that live there to scavenge other worlds. Like parasites. They can travel to different universes through gates call "thinnings", but they find resources are scarce everywhere forcing Lyran explorers on missions that get more dangerous each time to push the boundaries and find what they need to survive. Alessia and Kael are two of those explorers, but when they find something in another that has the potential to be immensely invaluable ...more
Ollie Bowdoin
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As I was starting out my blog, and not having much of a plan on where it was going to go, I got the attention of the writer through Twitter, who was looking for a few reviewers.  I was stoked that he was willing to mail me a physical copy of his book for an honest review. (Stoked is a major understatement, pretty sure I told everyone I knew).

It’s been a number of months since I had initially received Parasites. I guess the timing was just never right for me to jump in. I finally made the plunge
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am obliged to point out I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review, but the score was in no way influenced by this.

I took a while just thinking how to properly describe the sub-genre of sci-fi that I feel Parasites sits in. Solarpunk is probably the closest – despite having a slight dystopian vibe in parts, the society and many aspects of the world are a future many would aspire to live in. Except the planet is dying, as are it’s people, with a dangerous lack of re
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, reviewed
EDIT 15.4.2020

A new edition of "Parasites" has been published where the editorial issues and ableist language I mention in the review below have been addressed. The rating has been bumped up from 3.5 stars to 4/5 stars, which translates to "I really liked it" on the GoodRead's scale.


"Parasites" is about two space explorers, Alessia and Kael. The pair live together and travel together on missions, searching for resources for their people in other dimensions. One day they stumbl
Cassidee Lanstra
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
“I’m so sick of this. Sick of scavenging and proves and scouting and caution and harvesting. I don’t care that we’re amazing at it. I don’t care that we can just dampen down every part of our curiousity which make us human. I’m sick of just wandering around and taking what we can find. I’m sick of being parasites.”

I started this book this morning and I easily finished in a couple of hours. Parasites by Matthew Samuels is an easily devourable YA science fiction and space odyssey novel. Our home-w
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Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised when opening the package I received this book in to find a card enclosed within from the author thanking me for taking the time to read his book. Right away I was filled with a liking and respect for Mr. Matthew Samuels. I thought the cover art was very beautiful and loved feeling the book in my hands. It seems to have been printed on a heavier paper stock than usual and just feels sturdier and heavy in a good way. I loved the characters of Allesia and Kael, we are in ...more
Alex Jones
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Set on the planet ‘Lyra’ a planet woefully short of the resources needed to sustain the life residing upon it, this Young Adult targeted science fiction novel, tells the story in the main of Alessia and Kael, 2 explorers who traverse the universe through ‘thinnings’ in their ‘car’ going to distant worlds, scavenging for supplies likes Parasites...

They stumble upon a message, and set out to trace the footsteps of Alessia's father before her in hope this message is the saviour of Lyra ..

The first
Stevo Brock
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was a Best of the Best for the month of November, 2019, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet / Stevo's Nobel Ideas. You can find me at, on my Stevo's Novel Ideas Amazon Influencer page (, on Twitter (, on LinkedIn ( or search for me on Google for many more reviews and recommendations. ...more
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would like to extend my thanks first and foremost to Matthew Samuels for sending me a copy of Parasites for review, I truly appreciate the paperback copy and lovely accompanying note. Whilst I’ve certainly watched plenty of films around the concept of survival with a dying sun, this is the first book I’ve read and been introduced to a whole new genre in the term of Solar Punk. My thoughts were very much in a cinematic place which was added to by the use of 3rd person present tense which gave a ...more
Muskan Gupta
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
🔅Parasites is a book which you can easily complete in few hours due to its gripping narration. It’s a wonderful YA science fiction. Beautiful journey of The mission to find a solution for the danger on their plant, the friendship, efforts, Finding peace with yourself, trust and love.
🔅Kudos to the authors imagination for creating dozen of great worlds and combining them into one piece with different patterns, formations, creatures, magic, physics etc.

🔅And The view of conflicted feelings, trust
Mark Everglade
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Parasites is a solid read, and a great choice for both young people who like playing games like No Man's Sky, and adults with an interest in hard sci-fi and space exploration. The second half of the book really takes off in terms of creativity, the building of a complex plot, and the fantastical settings. The book reminds us that natural resources are easy to take for granted, a lesson just as relevant in today's world. I also think the book has appeal to fantasy fans towards the second half. I ...more
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Look forward to doing more exploring with Alessia and Kael. Hopefully though, a certain alien species won't play a large part in future adventures. ...more
Kriti | Armed with A Book
For the people on Lyra, the existence of thinnings make it possible to go to other planets without investing in space travel technology in the traditional sense. Taking advantage of these natural phenomenon that bend distances and work as tunnels between places that are not only far away but belong to different universes is a fascinating concept. I had never thought of that until I read Parasites.

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Kael, Alessia and the rest of their crew are seasoned travelers and experts in w
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I'm Matthew Samuels, a science fiction and fantasy writer based in London, UK. I'm the author of Parasites, a solarpunk / hopepunk science fiction exploration novel and Small Places, an urban fantasy novel, coming August 2021.

I'm currently working on the sequel to Parasites and a high-fantasy-grimdark title.

I enjoy reading, gaming, walking and quiet.

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