The second book in Mira Grant's terrifying parasitology series.
The enemy is inside us.
The SymboGen designed tapeworms were created to relieve humanity of disease and sickness. But the implants in the majority of the world's population began attacking their hosts turning them into a ravenous horde.
Now those who do not appear to be afflicted are being gathered for quarantine as panic spreads, but Sal and her companions must discover how the tapeworms are taking over their hosts, what their eventual goal is, and how they can be stopped.
©2014 Mira Grant (P)2014 Hachette Audio
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"Like a worm in my brain"
I liked this book so much -- despite its flaws -- that I can't wait to hear the next one.
Before I list any flaws, let me say that the story itself is truly original and Grant's exploration of what it means to be a symbiont/host is elegant. There's a lot to reflect on here, in regards to who we are as people, and what makes us human. I found myself caring a great deal about the characters, and wanting to know what would happen next.
Somewhere early on in the book, I realized that it was intended for young adults (which I am not) and I do wish that YA books would be more clearly labeled. I know the lines are blurring between good YA fiction and adult fiction these days. But the characteristics that frustrated me are actually common tropes of YA fiction. The heroine is often confused about things that adults would understand, adults are either one-dimensionally evil or simply inscrutable, and then there's the repetition that the other reviewer was talking about. Repetition may be good for young readers, or people who didn't read the first book in the series, or -- lets face it -- adults who aren't paying close attention to the book, for instance if they listen while driving.
In the end, I think that I was so frustrated by these qualities precisely because the story itself is so good. I will definitely listen to part three regardless.
"Not As Good As Book One"
Sigh. I gave a raving five star review for the first book in this series, and purchased this (book 2) without hesitation.
This book doesn't seem near as well put together as the first book. Yes, it's a continuation of the story, and it's not an awful read, but by the time I finished this one I had decided I'm done with this.
"It bothered me how much this book needed editing"
The things that frustrate me the most about this book are:
1) It was obviously lengthened for the sake of lengthening.
2) It was overly redundant. (Grant could have reduced its unnecessary wordiness by going through and removing how many times the characters rehashed plot points and feelings over and over and over again).
3) If it wasn't being redundant, it was contradicting itself.
I feel like sometimes this isn't the fault of the author though, it is the fault of the editor (which should have caught most of these issues). A good editor takes a knife to the story and usually removes these redundancies and contradictions. I feel like what we are getting are published first drafts, and it just takes me right out the story as I try to listen to it.
Grant (McGuire) is formerly one of my favorite authors. But this hack-edit job is starting to be a recurring theme in her books. It has been the reason I haven't enjoyed much/any of her newer works.
However, the one redeeming thing about this book is that the narrator, Christine Lakin, continues doing a marvelous job. She is fantastic, and I will be searching out more audio books narrated by her.
Total waste of time... Plot is not advanced beyond what could have been done in a chapter and I began to dislike the protagonist who was forever worrying about was it right to kill sleepwalkers who were trying to eat them.
I really like her books when she is writing as mira grant but am left cold by her other work. I find these books to be very entertaining and enjoy listening to them several times which to me is the mark of a well written book.
I didn't like this book, the main charter gets really annoying worrying about killing the sleepwalkers, then right after worrying they always try to eat her. Not only does the second book fail to move the plot line anywhere, it feel like this is just a money grab extention of the first. I will not be buying the third, heard it's bad anyway.
"On the Edge of My Seat"
I can't hardly wait for the next book. I really want to know how this turns out. One of the most unique premises of a zombie story that I've seen yet, brilliant. Great narrator too!
"Reader is OK, story is very good"
The reader had some odd pronunciation quirks, but overall I very much enjoyed the book.
"A Middle Book"
I have loved all of her books but this series was supposed to be 2 and became 3 books and this entire boo read like filler crap I didn't really need to know.
I don't do spoilers so I can say - yeah it was good and kept me on some pins and needles. I even just stayed up til 4 am to finish it but could have just saved it for tomorrow.
"Keeps getting better"
Yes....loved the story, the characters & their relationships. Very easy to follow.
The parasites "talking" to each other.
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