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.
Format: Paperback, 310 pages