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Peeps by Scott Westerfeld

February 5th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I would rate this book a 3 out of 5 stars.

Description from 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.

This wasn’t a horrible book but it’s not one I would choose to read again.  It definitely has a different take on vampires in that vampires are not just creatures that live to drink blood and kill.  Instead they are infected by a parasite for a very specific reason to help man kind.  The book was extremely hard for me to get into and it wasn’t until about the last 75 pages or so that I got sucked in.  Then the ending was a disappointment because it is book 1 in the series.  I doubt I will pick up book 2 unless I have a dry spell in books to read.  Definitely did not grab me the way the Uglies story line did.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

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  1. Katie

    After reading the Uglies series (well the first 3), I’m anxious to read more by this author…

  2. dsuzuki

    I’m probably going to pick up Extras instead of the sequel to Peeps at least for now :)

  3. Angelica

    Yes it was a bit of a strange concept but having said that I think it was quite clever and creative thinking but if you don’t like Peeps so much I think “The Last Days” the sequel is a bit slower than Peeps, between the two books I prefer Peeps. Enjoying your reviews btw.

  4. dsuzuki

    Thanks for letting me know Angelica. I’m not bothering with The Last Days for now. I have way too many other books to read :)

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