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Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
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We might call them vampires, but in Cal's world, they're called "parasite positives," or peeps. They have similar symptoms: an aversion to sunshine and other familiar things, a thirst for blood, an affinity for rats, that sort of thing. Shortly after starting college in New York City, Cal spends the night with a woman and winds up a carrier of the disease himself - all the special powers without the nasty side-effects - and is later recruited to help hunt down all the women he's infected. The idea of vampirism-as-disease is not new, but I'd never seen it done quite like this before. Every other chapter is about real-life parasites, so if you're squeamish about such things, you probably want to skip those parts. Personally, I found it all fascinating (if a bit stomach-churning at points), and I enjoyed Cal's adventures as a peep hunter as well - like many of Westerfeld's characters, he's quite likable. I'm looking forward to the sequel, as the story is clearly ramping up to something big.
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February 23, 2014 – Started Reading
February 23, 2014 – Shelved
March 24, 2014 – Finished Reading

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