The synopsis: 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 us from illness, boosts our immune system – even secretes designer drugs. It’s been successful beyond the scientists’ wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them.
But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives . . . and will do anything to get them.
This book is out October 29th, so put it on your “waiting on Wednesday” bloggas
My Review: Sally Mitchell was in an accident that left her brain dead and on life support. The doctors were convincing her family to pull the plug when she woke up. She didn’t remember anything from her life and had to relearn everything, how to move, how to speak, what words meant. 6 years later she still had trouble reading or learning new words. Sally Mitchell, who now prefers “Sal” was the first person to ever be saved by their SymboGen Intestinal Bodyguard.
After a series of horrific incidents involving people becoming afflicted by a “sleepwalking sickness” which causes people to lose merely lose cognitive reason, rational thought or at worst become mindlessly hostile and violent. Sal, her boyfriend Dr. Nathan Kim, her sister Joyce, and a few frenemies she makes along the way find themselves embroiled in a complicated and frightening plot involving old vendettas, espionage, pseudo-zombies, and lots and lots of tape worms.
The writing is so good. It just is. There are minute events that are explained in ways that are overly detailed and very strange, but it does give a great view of what runs through Sal’s head. And some of it clicks into place way later, and more might, there will be two more books! (Hooray for trilogies!) Sal, who has only had 6 years to learn things can be naive, but she’s still clever. She has a very caring relationship with Nathan who looks out for her quirks. Her parents treat her as if she is actually 6, that’s a very complicated situation. Sal is nothing like Sally was, she doesn’t have any childhood memories, she’s different. Her sister actually likes her better than before. But she did almost die, and they are worried for her, and suspicious about her.
As you’ve probably already deduced, SymboGen and their very strange and frankly gross medical enhancements go awry. But the Intestinal Bodyguard was meant to deliver truly universal healthcare, offering specialized services to individuals tailored specifically for them, their needs and circumstances. The bad guys aren’t always so easy to find and Sal and Nathan have to struggle through to figure out who’s really the villain, who got caught on the wrong side and how to set it right …all the while avoiding government agencies, corrupt doctors and mindless humans out to crush their trachea.
And it’s not so easy to see who’s trust worthy. Who’s an evil greedy mastermind, who’s telling the truth, who’s trying to sell you a story? The bad guys aren’t cut and dry. Everyone at least STARTED OUT doing what they thought was best. But there are so many different angles. It’s hard to tell, harder if you only have 6 years of life experience to draw on.
And Tansy. How hilarious is Tansy? Madcap oddball, violent, impulsive, smart, gutsy and funny… so funny. She also makes up for people making her feel dumb by stabbing them. Probably. And she tasted someone’s brain… well, two someones.
There’s lots of good classic sci-fi themes, money buying the government? check. Media controlled by corporations? check. Media distractions! Political spin!
Between this book and Newsflesh, I’m ready to start checking abandoned buildings for mad scientists wondering what took me so long to find them.
5 Broken Doors!
“Oh, fooling laymen with science is sometimes to easy it should be criminal.”
“All scientists are mad scientists.”
“I took the police scanner sledding with me.”
“Is everything alright” “Oh,no. World of no. All the no. The Tropics of Negative. Situation is not good, not peachy, not keen.”