Warning: Mild Cliffhanger (Well, I knew that was coming due to time constraints and the events not being near done)
THE ENEMY IS INSIDE US.
The SymboGen designed tapeworms were created to relieve humanity of disease and sickness. But the implants in the majority of the world’s population began attacking their hosts, turning them into a ravenous horde.
Now those who do not appear to be afflicted are being gathered for quarantine as panic spreads, but Sal and her companions must discover how the tapeworms are taking over their hosts, what their eventual goal is, and how they can be stopped.
“None of my remedial education classes covered how to escape in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.”
Wow, did a lot happen in Symbiont. This was a wild, wild ride. For how much happens, though, we don’t end up much further along in the story than we started. I like the main character, Sal, and what she is going through for a chance of survival. The world is undergoing massive changes before our eyes, too.
Everyone is just using Sal for their own goals. We saw a lot of this in Parasite, but in Symbiont it gets even worse. Sal goes through a lot of crap in this because other people want to use her. Things no one should have to go through. Scary, disgusting, horrifying things. Which makes me sad, because Sal is such a sweet character. She has had to become strong and independent and sort of harsh in the face of everything. Yet, at her core, she is sweet and she just wants to help and please everyone.
Her boyfriend/sort of fiance, Nathan and her are so cute together. He is definitely weird for just accepting that she is a tapeworm, though. Definitely, definitely weird. I just hate how the book keeps splitting them up. They seem to spend more time apart then they spend together. On top of being forced away from her new family with Nathan, his mother, and her new brother Adam, her original family is awful to her. Just truly awful, they say the most horrible things.
The biggest change between Parasite and Symbiont is the world. The world is completely falling apart. This is what I expected to read about when I read Newsflesh. It is also not exactly the parts I wanted to read about. Luckily, those parts aren’t overly important right now. It is in the background, because we’re focused on Sal’s survival. You just know that world is going away. More and more people are losing their lives, and there is no one around to pick up the pieces.
This was a high action, high stakes story. Kidnapping, torture, scientific experimentation, and more feature in Symbiont. The end can only get worse.
To read more reviews for this series, check out the Parasitology series page!