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.
©2013 Seanan McGuire (P)2013 Hachette Audio
"A creepy spine-tingler of a medical thriller" (Charles Stross)
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Tapeworms taking over human bodies - good job I enjoy a good story and can suspend disbelief. The science is obviously a little far fetched, but the fact we have can support parasites and gene/dna manipulation/splicing this can turn into a fairly horrific scenario.
Which this book fails at (but i would assume will come to the fore front in book 2).
This is basically a single POV story. The 'sleepwalkers' are mentioned throughout the book, and i enjoyed the fact that they were in the background and we concentrated on a single character through this book. This book focuses on providing a foundation for the series, which means it is a little slow in some areas and there are a lot of 'science explaining'.
Apart from tapeworms taking over the body - there is little new. This is not a major issue however, as the author presents us with a good POV character. The bad 'guys' are a little too thin, but hopefully that will be explained in the next book.
Overall i enjoyed the book, but it fell a little flat in a couple of areas. Hopefully the second book will pick up the pace as all the ground work has now been placed.
The audio version was well performed. A high quality production.
The Narator. She was great and managed to make every voice separate. She really braught the atmosphere of the story to life.
The way the author mixed Monster story with conspiricy thriller. She's also put a lot of research into the story which makes it feel more realistic.
I liked Sal's sence of humour. She made me laugh.
I can't wait for the next one to come on Audible!
Having read the Newsflesh series, I wanted more and expected to be a little disappointed; how could anything else have the same pace and intensity? However, the audiobook was excellent and the narration is simply a wonderful performance. Each character has a clearly distinguishable voice, accent and timbre.
It kept me guessing till the end.
The scene where we are introduced to Tansy.
It is so hard to switch off, even when exhausted I wanted to know / listen to more.
Where are the others in the series?!
Yes. This story gripped me from the start. The characters are brought to life by the narrator and there is a nice mix of science and drama.
When they are in the mall cafe and first see the sleepers.
I enjoyed all the characters voices but especially Sal's.
It made me think.
A day in bed with a book is never a wasted day!
I like the escapism of zombie books, but I like them to not be too impossible.... this hits the sweet spot!
The best bit was the attack on the highway, trapped in the car with a relentless attacker outside.
They wanted cheap and perfect health... it cost them their minds
After to reading the Feed series I had no choice but to go for this one. I've had personal correspondence with 'Mira' and she is an awesome person. I'm actually starting to like cats. Can't wait to see some more drama and hopefully a bit more Sleepwalker action. Well worth a listen.
Less complaining from the main character and more sci fi. Its not until midway till something starts to happen, but by then I'd burnt all my goodwill for this book.
Endless introspective complaining and chatting about her situation after some car crash. Tedious interactions with her new boyfriend. More complaining and whining about having to see her psychiatrists - who are all characterised as one dimensional and predictable.
No. She writes well, if you like slow plodding human relationship stories.
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