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Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
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May 29, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult, ebooks, read-in-2011, urban-fantasy
Read from February 24, 2010 to March 02, 2011

It took me a while to get into this book and I can't really figure out why since it's an interesting, well written idea. I like Scott Westerfeld's writing style so it's not that. I just didn't really connect with the characters until about halfway through.

It's highly possible that the biggest ick factor for me came from the in-depth descriptions of the different parasites that currently inhabit earth bound life forms. That isn't even counting the Peeps parasite. We're talking about lovely little worms and other assorted oddities that latch onto unsuspecting hosts and drain them dry, cause oozing blisters, make them go blind ... these things cause all manner of gross and disturbing things. AND THOSE ARE THE REAL LIFE PARASITES! I mean, uggh. I have a really low tolerance for real life grossness. I physically can't watch anything that involves plastic surgery. Actually, just surgery in general. Yet I love blood splattered slasher movies. Because they're not real. Unless, you know, it's a slasher that's based on something real. Then I go all woozy and start to feel faint. Seriously, the movie Wolf Creek made me a nervous wreck for weeks after watching it. I was all... "Scary things live in the wilds of Australia! I am so afraid! Also, now I can never visit that entire country!" It wasn't pretty. On the other hand, the chick who was crawling all jerky like down the stairs in The Grudge freaked me out also and I'm pretty sure that's just a pretend movie. Pretty sure.

Now that I've lost the entire thread of reasoning behind the above paragraph... Oh! The real life parasites creeped me out way more than anything else in that book. Way more. I'm going to be all crazy cakes every time I think about hookworms and nasty other critters. Which just goes to show you that truth is more horrifying than fiction.

Anyway. I ultimately ended up liking this book. It had the aforementioned ick factor. It had parasite positive vampires who were a little tweaked from the usual type of vampire. It had rats and cats and mountains of pigeon feathers, which will totally make sense when you read the book. Cal was a pretty cool guy. The way he and the other hunters go about capturing the Peeps and using things from their old lives to incapacitate them took some getting used to, but it was different and neat once I did get used to it.

So. Good book. Cool idea. *thumbs up*

-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

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