Peeps

Peeps[Read] ➯ Peeps By Scott Westerfeld – Heartforum.co.uk An alternate cover for this edition can be found hereLast year as college freshman narrator Cal was infected by exotic goth Morgan with a parasite that caused following girlfriends to become vampire l An alternate cover for this edition can be found hereLast 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 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.

Scott Westerfeld is a New York Times bestselling author of YA He was born in the Texas and now lives in Sydney and New York City In Westerfeld married fellow author Justine LarbalestierHe is best known for the Uglies and Leviathan series His next book IMPOSTORS returns to the world of Uglies It comes out September .

Peeps PDF Ä Paperback
  • Paperback
  • 312 pages
  • Peeps
  • Scott Westerfeld
  • English
  • 20 March 2016
  • 9781595140838

10 thoughts on “Peeps

  1. ★ Jess says:

    Dont have sex because you will turn into a vampire and die Thats the message I picked up on in 'Peeps' Funny because Westerfelds other book Uglies the message was dont pollute the environment A bit of a difference in moral there Anyway I really enjoyed this book It wins the 'Weirdest Book I Have Ever Read In My Life' award Scott Westerfeld has created a fantastic urban fantasy set in modern day New York It is weird and strange but utterly creative and highly uniue Basically vampirism is an STD which the protagonist Cal has caught from a girl named Morgan when they werewell you know This makes Cal a carrier He has the disease but not the negative symptoms He is a one in one thousand case This means he doesnt crave human flesh all the time but he can see in the dark and run super fast Unfortunately every girl he kisses or has sex with he infects and turns them into a vampire It is his job to hunt down all of those he has infected and put them into custody But that is all backstory The actual plot of this book is him trying to catch Morgan the girl who infected him in the first place'Peeps' a weird book Creepy and gross at times but still very very good The author thought this through magnificently well Let me say this I prefer Scott Westerfeld's blood thirsty horny vampires in Peeps over the sparkling ones in Twilight or the love obsessed ones created by Richelle Mead Ugh No words can do this book justice I cant praise it because that would mean including spoilers All I will say is this I definitely encourage fans of The Uglies Trilogy to try this book Also if you are interested in vampires and want to read a completely wacky take on the ancient creatures read this Now I will go into repetitive mode Scott Westerfeld thought this through very well He explained why vampires are scared of the sun why crucifixes ward them off why they break mirrors when they look at their own reflection Plus this is just 100% weird In a great way Its a perfect blend of adventure action horror and scientific education I will end with my favorite uote from the book I lost my virginity to the apocalypse

  2. Denise says:

    This is a young adult book? It might be marketed for the teenage crowd but I'd say it's adult less young Things that should not be in YA fiction four letter words including the worst one a casual attitude toward promiscuity and uncommitted sex visits to a gay bar and a not very subtle contempt for religious beliefs expressed with a condescending and scornful voiceThings in this book all of the aboveIf you can get past that it's actually a pretty good book It's easy to read with a fast moving plot and well written action Every other chapter gives a mini lesson in a different parasite which sounds weird and boring but is actually interesting and a little revolting There is a lot of talk about evolution some of which makes sense and some of which makes me roll my eyes This is not your typical vampire story Not even close There's an unexpected twist at the end unexpected by me anyway and in general I uite liked it Even if I am a superstitious religious nut who believes she is not part of the chimp family

  3. Emma says:

    I was going to say this is one of Scott Westerfeld's earlier novels but they all seem to have come onto the scene around 2005 Instead I'll say this it's one that's set in New York CitySo here's a reason to advocate abstinence only sex education You can turn into a vampire if you exchange saliva with the wrong person Cal unfortunately misses out on this lesson so after a drunken one night stand he ends up as a vampire As you might have guessed these are not your grandmother's vampires Sure the legends are the same but that's about it Because in Westerfeld's story vampirism is a disease spread by a little parasite called Toxoplasma So instead of being called vampires Cal and others who have been infected or are carriers are called Parasite Positives or Peeps for shortThe upshot is that Cal is recruited by a secret government organization to hunt peeps and especially to capture those that he infected Then he has to find the girl who made him a carrier Sounds simple right? Think again As Cal gets closer to tracking down his progenitor things keep getting complicated until everything Cal thought he knew to be true is thrown into uestionLet me also say that you will never look at rats or cats the same way after reading this novel There is something about a cat with a vampiric parasite that is just so much appealing than a normal oneThe even numbered chapters of this book don't directly relate to the action packed plot described above Instead chapter by chapter Cal acuaints us with the world of parasitology you might want to keep the Purel handy for certain segments Some readers might find these narrative interruptions to be a bit annoying and unecessary I'd politely disagree saying that the information is interesting and well cool Even if you skip all the others read chapter four It's relevant I also saw Scott Westerfeld at a reading where he read this section of the book and it was ah may zingSo while the parasite information might be icky the book is awesome The story is really fast paced and has a lot of action and suspense Lots of chapters end on cliff hangers that make you want to read that much faster Even exciting the book is just as enjoyable for male and female readers not too gory not too mushy a happy medium Cal is a likable narrator as well as a reliable one readers know everything that he doesMy only issue with the novel comes at the last thirty some odd pages because it got confusing At this point Call learns a lot of new information which of course the readers also have to digest Combined with the fast pace it got a little hard to follow everything In fact I had to reread the last couple of chapters to be sure I knew what was going onConfusion aside the story was awesome I love Scott Westerfeld unconditionally but this book was lots of fun to read The set up and early chapters prepare you for one kind of book but by the end it's something entirely different If you want a new take on an old monster Peeps is your bookYou can find this review and on my blog Miss Print

  4. Maggie Stiefvater says:

    I loved this tight scientific vampire book It's a sparsely written fast paced novel about a disease that mimics vampirism and the end of the world

  5. Kim says:

    This review will include two sentences I never expected to write in a review namely1 This book does not contain any sickly sweet marshmallow candy and2 Ew ew ewDoes that make you want to keep reading? I hope so because Scott Westerfeld who for my money is among the best YA authors writing these days has created a believable and realistic take on the vampire legend which I don't recommend for the sueamish and probably not for the romantic either There are no spooky castles here or pretty clothing or pale aristocratic types with neck fetishes; in fact this book just might be the anti Twilight since its vampires have a lot in common with people bitten by rabid dogs There is nothing romantic about vampirism here; it is sexy only in the sense that those infected with it become increasingly horny and spread the disease through physical contactOur narrator 19 year old Cal Thompson is a parasite positive or Peep as he calls them who contracted the disease through a one night stand when he first moved to New York Peeps are the basis for the vampire legend; although they can not fly or turn into bats they do cower from sunlight bite other humans and possess super human strength Cal is a natural carrier however which means that he has not turned into a crazed cannibal like most other Peeps but he can still spread the disease to those he kisses since the disease is carried through the saliva He has joined the Night Watch an organization devoted to hunting Peeps down and is working on capturing his former girlfriends to whom he has spread the diseaseWhat I particularly liked about this book was the way Westerfeld attributes aspects of the vampire legend to the need for the vampire parasite to spread Those infected with the disease and not immune as Cal is come to hate everything they used to love which makes them leave their homes and thus spread the illness far afield This anathema as it is called explains both the light sensitivity and cruciphobia of the traditional vampires particularly in medieval Europe The parasite also infects creatures who feast on the leftovers of the Peeps so hoards of bats and rats are likely to follow them a repository for the disease If you don't yet get the ew ew ew comment with which I began this review every other chapter in this novel offers true stories about biological parasites and thank goodness there is an afterword explaining how to avoid them This storytelling device won't work for every reader but I liked it because it helped to cement the science nerd aspect of Cal's personality as well as underscoring how vampirism is spread I found this a fun read which entertains while teaching science and will appeal to kids' love of all things yuck I think it would be a nice complement to a tenth grade biology class and might even inspire those struggling with the material I'm not sure how young I would go with this book due to the sexual content it's pretty tame and non glamorized but there but it's definitely enjoyable for those well out of their teens If you are really jones ing for cute marshmallow creatures please Google Lord of the Peeps You won't be sorry

  6. Julie says:

    I lost my virginity to the apocalypseScott Westerfeld's Peeps is another great off the wall vampire novel A far cry from Anne Rice's sultry albeit long stories about vampires Westerfeld takes the classic vampire and pretty much rips it apart In Peeps vampires are like people with a nasty case of syphilis than sexy indestructible gods Being a vampire means being infected with a parasite that craves circulation above all else Drinking blood is kind of a side effect of the parasite The parasites main goal is to spread through biting sex or any other exchange of bodily fluidsAside from being about vampires and STDs Peeps is first and foremost about parasites Every other chapter gives us some disgusting insight into a different real world parasite like toxoplasma gondi of which every cat owner on the planet probably has Its the reason pregnant women can't clean out the litter box Cats play an important role in the book too but so do rats so that's not saying muchDon't worry the parasitic chapters don't read like a text book or Wiki entry Westerfeld makes it feel like the main character is just telling us about the parasite conversationally Like we're hanging out on the subway chatting about lice and screwflies They aren't just there for shock value either these parasite chapters are important than you might think They give us some insight into the main plot of the book which is essentially about the parasites Some are good some are bad some fight with each other inside your colonIn the beginning it seems like it really is just another vampire novel but after a few odd chapters about different parasites that live on your body or in it you start to realize there's something else going on here The parasite chapters are almost insightful than the actual story Each time he talks about a new parasite a new characteristic of the vampire parasite is revealed until finally we actually get what the hell is going onWesterfeld makes reading about parasites interesting and hey any author who can accomplish that is good enough in my book The book is fairly short and reads uickly too Even if vampires aren't your thing you might learn something new about a menacing parasite that can set up shop in your leg where Crohn's disease comes from and how wasps saved an entire populace

  7. Kevin Fanning says:

    Interest premise fun ride Loved that the female protagonist wasn't all helpless and actually was smarterfunnier interesting than the lead male HOWEVER I could not wrap my head around the rhythm of her voice The author had her doing weird things like saying Dude at the end of EVERY sentence which made no sense and got irritating very uickly But that's the only complaint awesome book

  8. Jim says:

    The basis of the horror in this novel isn't occult but scientific Parasites make their hosts do things True horror there are a lot of examples I asked some friends who knew garnered a few interesting links on it When I finished the book I found that the author said they were all real parasites even has a bibliography I recognized at least one of the books he lists as being in the reading section of one of the articles belowParasite Brainwashes Rats Into Craving Cat Urine Study Finds is about Toxoplasma gondii mentioned in this book which spreads from rodents to cats by altering the brains of infected rats so that they become attracted to the scent of their predatorshttpnewsnationalgeographiccomneA wasp larva actually makes its spider host uit their own nest build one just for ithttpwwwnytimescom20121211sciThere are a bunch on reptiles here Westerfield inserts many of these into his novel Frankly it's the best part so far about halfway through It's not bad but just OKAll finished can't say the story itself did a whole lot for me Kind of a PNR thing but watered down Not all that much actually happened the revelation wasn't much of one Worth reading but I won't be reading another any time soonUpdate There's a fantastic Ted Talk about parasites causing other behavior here

  9. Colleen Houck says:

    This is perhaps the weirdest most uniue take on vampires ever I will be thinking about that twisting on a stick worm in the leg thing for a long time I've got the creepy crawlies right now

  10. Trin says:

    This one’s an interesting reinvention of the vampire myth—vampirism is a sexually transmitted parasite an idea that Westerfeld explores fully and often with great creativity and zest You know how that bit about vamps—sorry peeps—being afraid of crosses came about? One of the parasite’s adaptations is to attack the brain and make you hate everything you used to love so infected people won’t just hang around noshing on their neighbors and get killed by the mob with torches and pitchforks right away The aversion to sunlight is a similar deal The sexual frustration of Cal—the parasite positive but rare resistant peep hunter—is uite amusing and Westerfeld creates an excellent temptation for him in Lace an NYU student whose dialogue—I swear to God—sounds like it could have come straight from Dean Winchester’s lips However while the build up is a lot of fun and with scenes like the one set in a boarded up underground swimming pool brr often really creepy and intense by the end the book takes a turn for the ridiculous There are giant worms Giant worms people It’s like Buffy meets Tremors and so far not in a good way

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