book review

Peeps by Scott Westerfeld

Title: Peeps
Duology: Peeps #1
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Published: February 8, 2005
Genres: YA, Paranormal, Science Fiction
My Rating:  ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Synopsis: Last year as college freshman, narrator Cal was infected by exotic goth Morgan with a parasite that caused following girlfriends to become vampire-like ghouls he calls parasite-positives “Peeps”. A carrier without symptoms, he hunts his progeny for the centuries old bureaucratic Night Watch. But victims are showing more sanity, pretty human Lacey is pushing his buttons, and her apartment building basement houses fierce hordes of ravening rats, red-eyed cats, and monstrous worms that threaten all. Morgan has the secret to a centuries-old conspiracy and upcoming battle to save the human race.

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Peeps is a very unique approach to vampires. Vampirism is a parasite, but it spreads like an STD/STI, and through kissing. Vampires/peeps have supernatural abilities, and they are sex crazed and love meat.

After meeting Morgan at the bar, Cal follows her back to her apartment where he loses his virginity, and contracts vampirism. Not knowing he’s been infected, Cal kisses and has sex with more girls and creates more vampires. Cal joins the Night Watch to find all his ex girlfriends, and tries to find Morgan.

At first, this book is really creepy and kind of starts off like a mystery. Cal goes to Morgan’s old apartment building where he meets Lace. Lace says all the tenants moved out around the same time and takes him to her apartment to show him where someone wrote “So pretty I had to eat him” in blood underneath the paint.

Cal then discovers the basement of the apartment complex has a rat brood infestation, and Lace keeps getting underfoot. Of course, they have to be a couple.

I’m kind of confused about the time span of this story, and thought it ended way too quickly. I was really enjoying the book up until the last 50 or so pages when things just got ridiculous… A giant worm starting the apocalypse, really?

Each chapter alternates between Cal’s story, and some mini biology lesson about parasites that are equal parts fascinating and disgusting. I think overall the parasite chapters took up about 30 pages in my edition and they don’t mention anything going on with the actual story itself. At first I liked reading those chapters, but after a while they were annoying and ruined the mood.

From my understanding the second book isn’t from Cal’s point of view, which is kind of disappointing. I’m in no hurry to read it any time soon.

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