Saturday 9 May 2009


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...

As you can tell, I've become a huge Scott Westerfeld fan. Honestly, he's an awesome author, and I've got another six of his books in my TBR pile. His style is definitely... addictive.

In this book, he tackles a very unique take on the vampire genre. I was captivated from the beginning and the more I read, the deeper I got wrapped up in Cal's unstable life. And my gosh, I loved the mystery and the little twist at the end.

Cal's a very sympathetic character, taking the reader for a wild ride as he tries to figure out what's going on beneath New York, while trying to stay away from girls so that he won't infect anyone else. However, when he meets Lace, he meets his match. She's feisty and worms her way into his life, with unexpected results.

I have to admit that the even-numbered chapters freaked me out a little at the beginning. All that factual parasite talk was a little disturbing but very informative. In the Afterword, Scott claims that all the parasite stuff is actually real. Lots of ew! factor stuff in there but at the end, it's all relevant to the developing story.

The creepy factor of this story was high, the action fast, the characters strong and interesting, the plot absolutely fantastic! I loved it. I can't wait to read The Last Days, which follows this one.

PS. I don't know what it is about this version of the cover, but I love it!

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