Peeps, by Scott Westerfeld

I’ve read a few of his books before — the Uglies trilogy, physician which I reviewed here, diet here, and here. I wasn’t perhaps as impressed with them as other people, partially because I was a bit worried about the disconnect between books that say that everyone looking and acting entirely the same is a problem, but then constantly rewarding the heroine . . . Well, in any case, that’s THOSE books. Mr. Westerfeld is married to Justine Larbalestier, and they split their time between Australia (her home country) and America (his), spending summer in both places. Usually here I mention that if I were to do that, I’d spend winter in both places, but I know I’m a little nuts.

Peeps is his vampire novel. It’s not particularly a YA book, but older YAs could certainly handle it. The main character, Cal, was infected with a parasite (he’s ‘parasite-positive’, a peep); the symptoms include light-shunning, cannibalism, and super strength and senses. Fortunately, he’s only what’s called a ‘carrier’ — he has most of the benefits but none of the bad symptoms, like insanity. After he caught the parasite, apparently an underground organization found him, and hired him as (basically) a vampire hunter. His first job? To find all his ex-girlfriends and, rather than informing them that they should be tested, he gets to catch them and contain them . . . Continue reading Peeps, by Scott Westerfeld