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Thursday 12 February 2009

Peeps by Scott Westerfeld

Synopsis:- A year ago, Cal Thompson was a college freshman more interested in meeting girls and partying than in attending biology class. Now, after a fateful encounter with a mysterious woman named Morgan, biology has become, literally Cal's life.

Cal was infected by a parasite that has a truly horrifying effect on its host. Cal himself is a carrier, unchanged by the parasite, but he's infected the girlfriends he's had since Morgan. All three have turned into the ravening ghouls Cal calls Peeps (Parasite-positive). The rest of us know them as vampires. It's Cal's job to hunt them down before they can create more of their kind.

Bursting with the sharp intelligence and sly humor that are fast becoming his trademark, Scott Westerfeld's novel is an utterly original take on an archetype of horror.

Personal Review:- As you will see from my reading list I have grown quite interested in the whole vampire stories, hence this was totally up my alley. This is the first Scott Westerfeld book that I've read and whilst it would be unlikely that I would re-read Peeps again I thoroughly enjoyed it the first time around and has gotten me interested in reading the rest of Westerfeld's books. 

This is not your usual vampire story. This had many twists, turns and theories. His take on the whole vampire environment was so unique and his explanations to the usual vampire themes were so realistic that it started sounding more facts than fiction. Westerfeld's writing technique was quite interesting as he makes every second chapter as a "fact" chapter about different types of parasites. I initially decided to skip these parts but strangely enough I found these chapters quite interesting, not so much due to the actual facts itself but due to the depth, interest and horror that it adds to the main story line.

Rating:- 6.5 out of 10



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