Parasite (Parasitology #1)
Since the blurb pretty much delivers the main spoiler of the story, I won’t add much but say that forget AI, you now have to fear genetically modified organisms! From a scientific standpoint, most of the things discussed in the book seem plausible – I even checked the parasites discussed (they do exist) – and with genetic splicing, it’s totally possible. Only thing not possible is the fact that human DNA was also used – I am sure the FDA would have BIG problems with that. Leaving that aside, I loved the authenticity that the book generates in the mind of the reader.
But not to worry, it isn’t all scientific jargon as the story is from Sally’s POV, who is not a scientific researcher or doctor but just a bystander connected to some powerful people in the know. Her view is quite refreshing, and her character is so well-written. Even though in her mind, she has lived only 6 years, she is mature, level-headed and quick to learn and intuit what is happening around her. Her boyfriend Nathan is also a good character, very loving and supportive and not wanting to be her knight in shining armor all the time. Her family, especially her parents were just the opposite – I was actually shocked at her father. Since the story directly skips to six years after her accident, you don’t see the development between the characters but you can feel how their relationship is. One character that totally stood out was Tancy – though a bit psychotic, she is interesting enough. Her case even added a layer to the story – what is defined as human consciousness? Is it just our brain or our very souls? And yes, this book kind of reminds me of The Host by Stephenie Meyer – different thing, I know, but there is an analogy; accept it.
The pacing of the book, though slow at the starting, keeps you engaged throughout. When the reveals come, you are going like – oh god – in your mind. The possibilities that this story could take in the sequel are immense and I would definitely recommend this even if you don’t read fiction that much. An awesome book!