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I thought this was a great sci-fi/horror/fantasy story in which we learn how this company SymboGen Corporation pioneered the development of a genetically engineered tapeworm that humans ingest in order to protect them from illness, boost their immune system and even have the tapeworms secrete designer drugs to aid in maintaining illnesses. The thought is fascinating on one hand, but alarming in another. Would society want to be forced into ingesting a tapeworm if it meant it would only benefit you in the end? Or so everyone is led to believe it would be a benefit. I was glued to this story and couldn’t put it down. I love stories that go beyond the normal realm of medicines and illnesses as we know them and this author didn’t disappoint me to say the least. I was frantically turning the pages to see what happened next. If you love reading stories that are light-years ahead of our time, than this may be the perfect book for you. Well done, Ms. Grant!

A pioneering company by the name of SymboGen Corporation has developed the perfect remedy to illness. By having a person ingest this specific genetically altered tapeworm, this parasite can help you boost your immune system, protect you from getting any new illnesses and even has the tapeworms secreting special designer drugs to aid in any illnesses or diseases you’ve had prior to this medical breakthrough. Although this sounds like something that will cure the world, everyone panics when the tapeworms start wreaking havoc in some people and the medical staff can’t figure out what to do next. Do the doctors and SymboGen find a solution to this troubling medical problem? What happens to the people that these tapeworms are causing issues with? Is it advisable to continue the distribution of further tapeworms in new patients?

Book Blurb for Parasite

From New York Times bestselling author Mira Grant, a high-concept near-future thriller.

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 Intestinal Bodyguard worm 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.

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2013 5.00