A year ago, Cal Thompson was a college freshman more interested in meeting girls and partying than in attending biology class. Now, after a fateful encounter with a mysterious woman named Morgan, biology has become, literally, Cal’s life.
Cal was infected by a parasite that has a truly horrifying effect on its host. Cal himself is a carrier, unchanged by the parasite, but he’s infected the girlfriends he’s had since Morgan. All three have turned into the ravening ghouls Cal calls Peeps. The rest of us know them as vampires. It’s Cal’s job to hunt them down before they can create more of their kind. . . .
Bursting with the sharp intelligence and sly humor that are fast becoming his trademark, Scott Westerfeld’s novel is an utterly original take on an archetype of horror.
Oh, Scott Westerfeld, where have you been all my life?
I have a thing for adding books to my wishlist at the library. There are so many amazing-looking books that I want to read that I just can’t help adding them – or taking them out. At one point I had a crazy amount of books out from the library that it seemed impossible to pick just one of them to read.
This is how I started reading Peeps. Not being able to pick a book, I just took the top one of the pile – a book that looked quite well read by patrons of the library – and started to read it. I am SO glad that I did.
Peeps was a different novel. Personally, I would categorize it as horror, or at least a creepy read, but there aren’t a lot of monsters or scares taking place. At least, not in the typical sense. This is a story that revolves around one of the creepiest things ever – parasites.
One of the things I loved about this book was that in every other chapter, the main character, Cal, talks about a different kind of parasite, from worms to bugs to invisible things that we can only read about. Some of these chapters freaked me out. These are things that are REAL that might actually be inside of me (or you!) right now. It was a fantastic kind of creepy.
Even the story had me turning the pages. I loved that the monsters of the world weren’t the norm when it comes to supernatural creatures. All of these “monsters” come from parasites spreading and it’s Cal’s job to catch them.
I loved Westerfeld’s take on supernatural creatures like vampires. The whole fact that a vampire comes from a disease had me nodding as I read it. It all made sense:
The main thing to remember is that there’s no magic involved. No flying, no transforming into bats or rats either. We’re talking about a disease.
Another thing I really loved was the main character, Cal. I felt so sorry for him because he couldn’t have any connection with another human being or he would spread the disease. What’s that, you’re saying? He’s one of the infected? YES! And that’s why it’s his job to catch other infected. But deep down, he’s a lonely guy, which is understandable because he can never really have a girlfriend or anything. Even though he really wants one.
And of course, this leads me to the fun, campier side of the novel, the fact that Cal has to eat meat all the time to keep his hormones in check because all he wants to do is have sex. All his body wants to do is spread the disease. This was great. Really, the story could be a cautionary tale about having safe sex because disease could be spread. You hear that, kids? Westerfeld’s looking at you! You could turn into a VAMPIRE, if you’re not careful.
I loved this entire story. From the first pages, I was happy to have started reading it and I can honestly say I have found a new favourite author in Scott Westerfeld. There is a sequel to this novel, The Last Days, and I can’t wait to read it. If it’s anything like the first, it’s going to be awesome.
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