Peeps by Scott Westerfeld

Well it happened – my first YA book this semester that try as I may I just couldn’t do it.  I read the first quarter of the book- and couldn’t finish it.

There were some aspects that I really liked such as the author’s way of twisting the concept of a vampire around to make them a plausible reality.  All by using evolution and science – as a science person – I really appreciated this view.  But I had a hard time reading about this parasite and that parasite, how it works, what it does, its effects on this animal or that animal.  Yes I’ve learned many of these things in my other life, but there was SO much of this, that for me, it overtook the story.  I couldn’t get to the characters and the meaning of the book with all these parasites…. I have to wonder whether there was another way to inject this type of material into the book?  Was it all really necessary? or just bits and pieces?  I guess I would have to finish the novel to be able to answer this myself.

With all this parasitic business showing up in every chapter, is this why folks would recommend this book to young male adults? Could this be the factor of this particular story that makes it so intriguing for the young males?  I really don’t know.  Maybe in the future I can try reading it again – but not now I’m afraid.

Westerfeld, Scott. (2005). Peeps. New York, NY: Penguin Young Readers Group.

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