Meticulously researched and well-executed, this is the first book in a trilogy. If you haven’t picked up this series yet, this is a great time to do it; the final book is set for publication on November 24, 2015.
In the not-too-distant future, a corporation called SymboGen has genetically engineered a tapeworm that, when implanted in the human digestive tract, protects a person from all sorts of illnesses and ailments by boosting the immune system and secreting medication. The SymboGen Intestinal Bodyguards™ are even said to preform medical miracles, such as helping Sally Mitchell recover from a coma after a severe car accident. But the coma didn’t leave Sally entirely unaffected; her memory loss was so complete that she even forgot how to speak and read English, requiring her to undergo years of expensive physical and mental therapy—which SymboGen paid for in exchange for regular testing of their “miracle worm”. But when some people implanted with the tapeworm—and there are millions of them—begin to exhibit strange, terrifying symptoms, Sally learns that there’s much more to the parasites than the general public knows.
I really enjoyed this book. Of course I like all the books I suggest on this blog, but this one gave me special delight. Yes, the science is feasible (if not plausible) and the premise raises some interesting philosophical questions, but, really, the book is just downright entertaining. I liked everything about it, even if the final revelation was a little predictable. I raced through the second book and can’t wait for the conclusion.
I’d love to hear from other readers. Have you read it? What did you think?