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18 July 2006 @ 08:51 am
Scott Westerfeld's PEEPS (4.5 stars)  
You may have heard about them before, but they aren’t what you think. They have superhuman strength and can hear, smell, and see things from farther away than you can imagine. These Peeps, or Parasite-Positives, start to hate the sunlight and everything else they’ve ever loved. And they begin to crave human blood, the kind still flowing through people’s bodies.

So when Cal Thompson moves to New York City and spends the night with Morgan, a girl he’s never met, his desires and passions change forever. He finds out he’s been infected by the parasite, but not in the worst way. He’s only a carrier, which means he’s able to control his desires, to a point. Even still, he’s not allowed to kiss or do anything else with a girl because things could get out of hand, and the last thing he wants is to infect someone else.

Cal gets a job with the Night Watch, a secret organization as old as the city itself, searching the streets for parasite-positives. His investigation leads him to a girl named Lace, who has information that may be able to help him. He’s forced to fight back his fear of infecting her because he needs her help to follow this strange trail of clues that may end up changing everything, once again.

There’s something special about a novel that can take the mysteriously paranormal and make it seem so everyday, so normal. Perhaps it’s the way every other chapter offers an intriguing glimpse into the world of parasites and the way that resonates with the cleverly-crafted storyline of Scott Westerfeld’s PEEPS. Or maybe it’s Cal’s encounter with the unknown and the way he grapples with his fears that connects with readers and, ultimately, entertains them.

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dancewriteredenzdream on July 18th, 2006 05:33 pm (UTC)
I browsed thru this at B&N...looked interesting. Always appreciate your take. Thanks for the post.
The Blog of Author Jonathan Stephensjonstephens on July 20th, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
Well browse again. j/k. This book probably wouldn't suit everyone's tastes. It will, however, suit many people's tastes that didn't know they liked this kind of food. If you know what I mean.
dancewriteredenzdream on July 20th, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC)
Do I know what you mean? I'd better, or I'm not much of a writer or a reader, am I???!
The Blog of Author Jonathan Stephensjonstephens on July 20th, 2006 03:26 pm (UTC)
Or maybe I'm just a terrible communicator. Yes, that must be it.
Brandie Leebrandie_writer on July 26th, 2006 01:08 am (UTC)
I totally grooved on this book. I loved the parasite chapters!
The Blog of Author Jonathan Stephensjonstephens on July 26th, 2006 01:30 am (UTC)
Me too. Loved the parasite chapters.
(Anonymous) on September 19th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
yo peeps
does anyone know if ther is going to be another peeps book out? big fan just wondering because it is so good and he shouldint leve it like that its so enterestin

big fan
The Blog of Author Jonathan Stephensjonstephens on September 19th, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC)
Re: yo peeps
Hey Big Fan,

The sequel, LAST DAYS, is already out in hardback. I'm not sure if it's in paperback yet. Go get it, and enjoy!