Being Parasite Positive
Reader reviewed by HoopsGirl27
Cal was infected by a parasite that made him become parasite positive or a "peep". Â The parasite can be passed so easily Cal can never be with a girl again. Â He spends most of his time finding peeps for an organization called Night Watchers. Â While investigating he meets a girl named Lace and Cal's strength is put to the test to make sure he doesn't give Lace the parasite. Â The interesting twist on vampires makes the plot full of suspense!!!!!!!!
Reader reviewed by Ashley
Cal is infected with a parasite, and unlike most victims, he's a carrier. He gets all the perks and none of the really bad stuff happens to him; like becoming a cannibal. Cal has to go and capture all his ex-girlfriends so they can be treated. When that task is finished, he decides to hunt down who infected him with the parasite.
In between chapters, real parasites are talked about, which I found to be very interesting. Overall, I really liked this book. The story flowed very well and kept my attention. There was never a dull moment, and there were even comical parts.
Peep in this book!
Reader reviewed by Samantha
Peeps is an amazing book with wonderful qualities. The book is about a guy who finds out the truth about the world. Everything is changing and things are happening that have not happened in centuries. Mystical creatures that are supposedly "non-real" come up to the surface and attack the vampires who are born to kill them. He wants to find out the truth, but on the way he meets someone else and other things happen and things change. What will happen to him?
I love this book a lot. I could not stop reading it. I found it expectantly wonderful for teenagers and some adults. The book contains marvelous details and everything is great about it!
Read to find out what happens to the world and to see if it survives!
Not Worth Taking a Peep
Reader reviewed by Taylor
Right from the beginning, I was confused. Westerfeld dives right in, giving explanations for things after they have already happened. Then, as if I wasn't already confused enough, Cal explains that how Sarah was acting when he caught her wasn't normal (uh hello- you never told us what normal was!)
After things become a bit clearer I actually started to enjoy it. I have always had a certain respect for authors who take a such a common book theme, like vampires, and change it around completely. The first difference was the lack of a sappy love story. Yes I do love to read them, but the direction Peeps took romance was intriguing in a unique way. Because Cal is infected, he can't have a girlfriend. Worse than that, he can't even kiss a girl. That's right, if he does anything besides touch a girl they get infected. Talk about a twist.
The next difference I liked was the vampires, or peeps, themselves. In nearly every vampire book written, they are free to roam (though they usually spend most of their time out of the sun.) Even more, they are functional, and usually sane. In peeps, unless you have a rare case, like Cal's, the transformation leaves you schizophrenic, angry and anti-social to the extreme. They are in fact so different and creepy that they live mostly underground, with a brood of rats. I'm talking hundreds of them.
After taking in the differences between Peeps and most vampire books, I was bored again. Cal and Lacey's relationship never has any flame and only seems to become more and more boring with every page. When things start getting hectic, both Sarah and Morgan re-enter Cal's life and the book is once again confusing. On top of this, the build-up of meeting Morgan is completely pointless because the interaction between her and Cal is quick and unexciting. In fact, the only real contact they have is Cal running away from her house when she seems him and then him agreeing with her about spreading the disease. After a whole book of looking for her... that's it.
Unlike the Uglies series, Scott Westerfeld failed to impress me with this novel. The ups were mediocre and the down were boring, leaving me glad to be finished.
I loved it
Reader reviewed by Dominique
The author proves that you can, in fact, have a fictional book about vampires but still educate the readers. Reading this book will open your eyes to the wonderful creatures that may be living inside you.
But other than that, I enjoyed the book. There were some confusing parts and I would have preferred if a prequel had been published before this one. But once you get into the book you start to understand.
Reader reviewed by Rowan
Peeps presents vampire in a modern, scientific perspective; parasites are the cause of vampirism, a contagious disease. In the even-numbered chapters, Westerfeld presents interesting parasitic facts; obviously, this novel was well-researched and carefully planned out.
Parasite-positives (peeps for short) are defined as out-of-control, infected, cannibalistic vampires who cannot stand the sight of anything that was once part of their past (also known as an anathema). Cal Thompson, a Peep carrier, is fortunate because Peep carriers do not exhibit all characteristics of a full-blown Peep; however, they can pass down the trait (through sexual contact), and they do have superpowers. With the powers gained from this disease, Cal is suitable to be a Peep hunter for the Nightwatch, an organization designed to keep Peeps under control. While trying to track down Morgan, the woman who gave him the parasite, Cal meets Lacey, who becomes his love interest as the story progresses. Cal soon learns that there is something bigger out there lurking in the underground tunnels of New York, and it is up to him and the other Peeps to stop it.
Not only was this an educational book, it was an innovative one. Thanks to Westerfeld, vampires actually make sense in the real world. It was an interesting read, and I was able to read it within a day.
This would have been one of my favorite books, if it weren't for the disappointing ending. Scott Westerfeld needs to work on his endings; they need to be more dynamic. Even though I felt that he was trying to leave room for a sequel, the ending didn't feel complete to me.
(Note: Reposted from booked-books.blogspot.com)
Reader reviewed by Bria
I am not sure if i like the subject, but i love the way it was told. I loved the way they talked and how they interect with each other. It was like they were like you and me. I love the history lessons (of course not in real life) that the author talked about. It was hilarious and fun to read.
vampirism meets std
Reader reviewed by Therdry
I like how this book describes vampirism has the cure, to something even worse. It can read somewhat like a biology text book at times other wise it's great, and all the biology adds dimention to the book. Cal our tour guide is on the search to find every girl he's ever had sex with, in hopes to compell them to get treatment for the rare std he's contracted. Things start to get wierd when he finds people purposefully spreading his condition. Great book all in all.
An odd bookBeth
Reader reviewed by Beth
About a guy, Cal, who has the unusual job of searching out a capturing vampires that he has infected by sleeping with them. Most of the book, he is searching for Morgan, the person who infected him with the vampire creating parasite. Has a lot of facts about parasites at the beginning of each chapter. He meets Lacey, who hears his wild story and decides to help him find Morgan. Together they are a great team and are able to expose and change the way that people think about the parasite-because as he points out by citing a good parasite, there are postive things about parasites too.
I had a hard time getting into this book because the back says that it is about vampires-not my thing when it comes to subjects I like to read about. The vampire thing was really subtle though. I liked the twists that I didn't expect coming in the book-don't want to give away the ending, but I did not expect it at all. I really enjoyed learning about the different parasites and how they live-Cal includes this before he tells each part of his story.
Reader reviewed by Bettina
Cal is a carrier of a disease that causes vampirism, cannibbalism and all that good stuff. He has to hunt down all the girls he's infected the disease with. The disease can be passed through saliva, kissing and all that Other good stuff. After he finds his old girlfriends, he now has to find the woman who infected him. Along the way, Cal finds some very surprising and litteraly earth shattering truths.
I thought that the book has an intresting idea for a plot and the descriptions of real parasites were cool, but some of the parts were a little dry.