Posted by: jacstar | January 22, 2009

Peeps by Scott Westerfeld

peepsLet’s start by saying this is not your stereotypical vampire book. It’s not even close. This is a story about ‘parasite positives’ AKA peeps. Being a peep is just not as glamorous as being a vampire might sound. The parasite will slowly and ultimately drive one insane. It causes all sorts of symptoms such as having a never-ending feeling of stomach emptiness, better senses, almost superhuman strength and speed, and a hatred of all things in the past human life.

This story is of Cal Thompson, a parasite carrier. This means he’s affected with all of the good symptoms without the insanity of a full blown peep. His mission is to find all of the people he accidentally spread the parasite to so that they in turn don’t continue to spread.

Every other chapter in this book contains a new parasite. So you get to learn about tapeworms, Crohn’s, and a plethora of other parasitic conditions. I found this to be quite unique and informative. The story itself was quite slow (to me) but at least the parasite chapters were interesting.

It’s not long before the story also picks up and this becomes a book that cannot be put down. I recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy, but wants to be offered a new outlook on vampirism. Honestly, you’ll forget you’re reading about vampires at all!



  1. I loved this book, and the bits about the parasites, although gross, made me want to read some non-fiction about them. 🙂

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