Peeps- Scott Westerfeld
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. . . .
First, this book gave me the creepy crawlies. Did the author have to include short chapters in between the story to tell us about parasites that live in our bodies. I was grossed out reading those little chapters. The story of Cal was a good one, but not great. Cal got infected by sleeping with a carrier of the disease, the disease being I guess some sort of vampirism. There are alot of rats in this book, like thousands, which the author likes to describe in detail. I'm shaking in disgust right now just picturing it. There is a sequel to this novel called Last Days. I'm gonna read it just to see what happens, but believe me I'm in no rush. All in all, if your library has a copy then read it, if not I don't suggest forking over the money to read it. Good thing I got this from the library(they have the sequel, too).
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon (September 7, 2006)