Sunday, 9 May 2010

Review - Peeps / Scott Westerfeld

After a chance encounter with a mysterious woman one night, Cal's life is changed forever. He's been infected with an insidious parasite. The good news: he's only a carrier. The bad news: he's infected all his former girlfriends – and now they've turned into what Cal calls 'Peeps'. The rest of us know them as vampires. And it's Cal's job to hunt them down, before they create even more of their own kind . . .


Review - I am going to keep this one relatively short. I loved the new take on vampirism. After all the cuddly and flacid dealings in the Meyer novels, I was ready for something (forgive the pun) with more bite. I enjoyed the fact that these parasite-positive (or peeps) were angry, coiled masses of rage and hunger. I loved the idea of the Night Watch, complete with course names. I even loved Dr Rat. Westereld writes like a dream and I found myself really pulling for Cal and Lace to get together. I must say that a parasite that stops one from being able to kiss someone is a pretty effective way of killing a relationship before it starts. Simply, this novel was a great read - great characterisation and very involving. Can't wait to get my hands on the sequel.

One thing I must mention are the parasite chapters. At some points I found them vastly interesting and at other time I found myself skipping them to get back into the story. I think the alternating chapters might be a little polarising with the audience, but effective nevertheless. This was a great introduction into Wester-world.

Published: 2005
Format: Paperback, 310 pages
Publisher: Penguin
Source: purchased
Origin: USA

9 comments:

Diana Dang said...

I still haven't read any of Scott's books. Thanks for the review!

Mrs. DeRaps said...

I hadn't even heard of this new series. Thanks for the review--I'll have to check it out. I, too, am a little tired of the vampires-as-cuddlemonster routine. This sounds much more vampire-y.

Ruby said...

thanks for the review, i will definitely look into it. have you read/reviewed the uglies/pretties/specials/extras series? i thought they were great, definitely something you should look into if you enjoyed this one :P

LovesSam said...

I bought this one for the same reason, I wanted a gritty vampire novel after so much mush and fluff in that genre recently, and Mr Westerfeld seemed like the right way to go. I've yet to read it yet, but it does sound rather interesting. I think its called Parasite Positive here in the UK too :-)

Laura said...

Definitely one of my favorite Westerfeld books! I read it a few years ago and it was what sucked me in!

Liviania said...

This was my first Westerfeld, and still my favorite. (SO YESTERDAY is a close second.)

. . . I have two signed copies, one of which I was supposed to give to a friend forever ago.

Chas @ LLL in the 808 said...

Great review! Someome just recommended this book to me. They said it is their favorite!!


btw, happy birthday!!!

kanishk said...

Thanks for the review!
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grumpy said...

This was my first Westerfeld book too and he is now one of my favourites! Great stuff