Who: Scott Westerfeld
What: 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. . . .
When: Adolescents in Literature, I’m not entirely sure if this book was aimed toward adolescent ages, but it was such a breeze to get through that I wouldn’t be surprised!
Where: based in New York City. While I’ve never actually gone, it was fun to have some vivid imagery of the Hudson River and even Hoboken!
Why: I’m honestly not entirely sure I really liked this book. Maybe because it was a refreshingly easy book to get through, counteracting all of the ancient books we’re reading from the late 1800’s to mid 90’s in my other courses. The whole vampire-craze, I’m kind of over, but the book does a really good job on actually keeping the whole vampire theme at a minimal. It’s more about Cal, how he’s reacting to the parasite in him, the parasites history and life, his inter turmoil over the girl he’s falling for and can’t have, and a bunch of other little subplots that out shine the blood suckers.
I didn’t have too many quotes that blew my mind or really spoke to me, but it was hard to put down and a quick read with great imagery of Cal and his experiences!