by Mira Grant
Part of the Parasitology series
A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease.
We owe our good health to a humble parasite - a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation.
When implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system - even secretes designer drugs.
It's been successful beyond the scientists' wildest dreams.
Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them.
But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives ...and will do anything to get them.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 512 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 29/10/2013
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9780356501925
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Review by wyvernfriend
So what if someone developed a tapeworm that would eliminate most diseases? What if they didn't test it as well as they could and what if they released it on the market quickly? What if it became popular? What if it decided that the two year life-span they are being allowed is too short? What if it discovered that it could take over it's host and be in charge? This book looks at these questions in interesting ways.Six years ago Sally Mitchell almost died, while her parents were making the decision about pulling the plug she came to life and ever since then she's been the subject of research, Symbogen are convinced their intestinal Bodyguard(tm) is responsible, but no-one is quite sure. She doesn't remember her previous life and her current life is somewhat restricted. When people start acting strangely she gets caught up in investigating and the issues and the chaos.While I did guess some of the twists, some of them took me by surprise and overall it was very believable as a concept, scarily believable. Enjoyable, but you may need to wash your hands a few times more while reading.