16.1 hrs • 13 CDs• 1 MP3 CD • Unabridged
Fiction/Science Fiction
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 10/29/13
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 10/29/13 9781478927709
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MP3 CD MP3-CDs: Come in a durable vinyl case similar to a dvd case. An index of contents and tracking information are included within the Mp3-CD format. MP3's can be played on any compatible CD player 
- 10/29/13 9781478926030
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A November 2013 LibraryReads Pick

From New York Times bestselling author Mira Grant comes a high-concept near-future thriller.

A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease. We owe our good health to a humble parasite—a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the Intestinal Bodyguard worm protects its host from illness, boosts the immune system—and even secretes designer drugs. It’s been successful beyond the scientists’ wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost all human beings have a SymboGen tapeworm living within them.

But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives—and will do anything to get them.

Review Quotes

“[A] mordant satire of the corporate public relations world…Grant extends the zombie theme of her Newsflesh trilogy to incorporate thoughtful reflections on biomedical issues that are both ominously challenging and eerily plausible. Sally is a complex, compassionate character, well suited to this exploration of trust, uncertainty, and the price of progress.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Horrifying, riveting, and a bit too plausible, this work is a tour de force. Grant…has penned a layered sf thriller reminiscent of those by Michael Crichton, with perfect pacing, touches of humor, and just enough medical jargon to make one believe.”

Library Journal (starred review)

“Grant is tackling some of the same themes here as she did in the Newsflesh novels…fans of that series will definitely want to check this new book out. But fans of Michael Crichton–style technothrillers will be equally enthralled: as wild as Grant’s premise is, the novel is firmly anchored in real-world science and technology. Grant is well known to horror fans, but with Parasite, she’s likely to acquire a new whole new group of readers.”


“Grant’s fans are accustomed to her tackling unusual subjects, and this is no exception…The action moves at a good pace.”

Kirkus Reviews

"Parasite has an imaginative premise, with lots of compelling potential “aha” moments related to the science behind the story. The fascinating interpersonal relationships between those infected and those not infected by parasites really drives the story forward. It is not often that a plot twist catches this reviewer out so easily, but Grant puts one in here that will throw readers off balance. While Newsflesh series fans will no doubt eat this story up, Grant is definitely exploring new territory and new challenges with this set of characters and books. It will definitely be worth readers’ while to invest in this new series.”

RT Book Reviews (4½ stars)