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A year ago, Cal Thompson was a college freshman more interested in meeting girls and partying than in attending biology class. Now, after a fateful encounter with a mysterious woman named Morgan, biology has become, literally, Cal's life.

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.

Bursting with the sharp intelligence and sly humor that are fast becoming his trademark, Scott Westerfeld's novel is an utterly original take on an archetype of horror.

Review:

"As with So Yesterday, Westerfeld creates an engaging conspiracy set in New York City, filling his novel with provocative facts, this time about parasites. Right after Cal Thompson moves from Texas to New York for college, he loses his virginity and become infected with the parasite that causes vampirism. Fortunately, Cal is 'partly immune,' so while he is parasite-positive, or a peep, he only experiences some effects, such as night vision. The 19-year-old works for Night Watch, the city's ancient peep-hunting organization. As Cal begins to track Morgan, the woman who infected him after a drunken one-night stand, he stumbles upon a mystery that eventually makes him question the very organization for which he works. He also finds a love interest in the strong-willed journalism student now living in Morgan's old building, but because of the disease he cannot act on his feelings. While they may have trouble making sense of all the pieces, readers will enjoy the scientific reasoning behind vampirism, and will likely get sucked into the conspiracy with Cal. The book brims with great details (Cal can make himself fake I.D. cards and, like other government workers, spends a lot of his time filling in forms), and he faces off against other victims and encounters plenty of rats. Alternate chapters about parasites provide compelling (and appropriately disgusting) details about their small but powerful world. This is definitely a story to get the brain working. Ages 14-up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"This innovative and original vampire story, full of engaging characters and just enough horror without any gore, will appeal to a wide audience." School Library Journal

Review:

"Both medical thriller and science fiction, this fast-paced, captivating modern vampire story is enriched with biology and history....Entrancing throughout — but squeamish readers beware." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Even non-vampire fans will like this one. Readers know they are not in standard vampire country when Cal makes his first capture by pasting pictures of Elvis on every door and window to prevent escape." KLIATT

Synopsis:

Bursting with the sharp intelligence and sly humor that's fast becoming his trademark, Westerfield's new novel is an utterly original take on an archetype of horror--the vampire.

About the Author

Scott Westerfeld has written many acclaimed novels for adults and teens, including So Yesterday, Peeps, and the "Midnighters" and "Uglies" series. His books have been named New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and have won the Aurealis Award, the Victorian Premier's Award, and the Philip K. Dick Special Citation. Scott lives in New York City and Sydney, Australia.

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crowyhead, July 28, 2011 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This is a highly enjoyable spin on the vampire story. Cal Thompson is a Peep, or Parasite Positive; you might know him better as a vampire. Turns out vampirism (and probably a lot of other legendary ailments of the undead) is caused by a parasite. The parasite makes its host stronger, faster, and long-lived -- but also gives one a taste for blood (the better to propagate) and has a tendency toward making its host insane in the process. Cal is lucky -- he's one of the sane carriers -- but his ex-girlfriends aren't so lucky, and as a new recruit to the Night Watch, it's Cal's responsibility to hunt down and help neutralize the peeps he infected before he knew he was carrying the parasite. It's while Cal is trying to track down the woman who infected him that he meets a sexy journalism student named Lace who is living in an apartment building with some seriously weird mojo. It looks like Cal might have found a new strain of vampirism, along with some kind of ancient evil living under the streets of New York City.

This was a lot of fun. It definitely feels like a YA novel, if that makes any sense, but it was really enjoyable. Cal is a believable Nice Guy trying to figure out how to live normally under a very, very weird set of circumstances, and that's the part of this novel that really works well, I think, as does the parasite angle. I loved the gross-out sections about real life parasites like hookworms and guinea worms, and the scientific information about parasite life cycles. I wanted more about the way the Night Watch was set up, though, and the conspiracies involved. The ending came a bit too quickly.
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j- san, June 24, 2008 (view all comments by j- san)
a good series but not as good as his others. a good story and really fun if you like to hear about wierd viruses and stuff. the sequel (the last days) is good too though it has different main characters.
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BellaEzrebetFang, June 18, 2008 (view all comments by BellaEzrebetFang)
Scott Westerfield is one of my favorite authors and out of all his books, this is one of my favorites. With the set up in between those different chapters, I found myself yearning for the education behind it rather than the story itself.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781595140838
Author:
Westerfeld, Scott
Publisher:
Razorbill
Author:
Westerfeld
Subject:
Horror & Ghost Stories
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Horror
Subject:
Children s-Scary Stories
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
September 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9 up to 12
Language:
English
Pages:
88
Dimensions:
7 x 5 x 0.75 in 0.48 lb
Age Level:
13-17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "As with So Yesterday, Westerfeld creates an engaging conspiracy set in New York City, filling his novel with provocative facts, this time about parasites. Right after Cal Thompson moves from Texas to New York for college, he loses his virginity and become infected with the parasite that causes vampirism. Fortunately, Cal is 'partly immune,' so while he is parasite-positive, or a peep, he only experiences some effects, such as night vision. The 19-year-old works for Night Watch, the city's ancient peep-hunting organization. As Cal begins to track Morgan, the woman who infected him after a drunken one-night stand, he stumbles upon a mystery that eventually makes him question the very organization for which he works. He also finds a love interest in the strong-willed journalism student now living in Morgan's old building, but because of the disease he cannot act on his feelings. While they may have trouble making sense of all the pieces, readers will enjoy the scientific reasoning behind vampirism, and will likely get sucked into the conspiracy with Cal. The book brims with great details (Cal can make himself fake I.D. cards and, like other government workers, spends a lot of his time filling in forms), and he faces off against other victims and encounters plenty of rats. Alternate chapters about parasites provide compelling (and appropriately disgusting) details about their small but powerful world. This is definitely a story to get the brain working. Ages 14-up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "This innovative and original vampire story, full of engaging characters and just enough horror without any gore, will appeal to a wide audience."
"Review" by , "Both medical thriller and science fiction, this fast-paced, captivating modern vampire story is enriched with biology and history....Entrancing throughout — but squeamish readers beware."
"Review" by , "Even non-vampire fans will like this one. Readers know they are not in standard vampire country when Cal makes his first capture by pasting pictures of Elvis on every door and window to prevent escape."
"Synopsis" by , Bursting with the sharp intelligence and sly humor that's fast becoming his trademark, Westerfield's new novel is an utterly original take on an archetype of horror--the vampire.
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