Thursday, August 26, 2010

Peeps by Scott Westerfeld

Book Summery:
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. . .

Book Review:
I was rather disappointed in Westerfeld's Ugly series, but decided to give him another try after reading a several good reviews on Peeps. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. Westerfeld puts life back into vampires, so to speak. ;) These aren't sparkly, vegetarian vamps. These are raving, rabid vamps that are just dying to share there disease with you...not by biting you, but by sleeping with you. ;) I enjoyed reading this book from a male perspective. As a woman, I find it most interesting to see the world from the eyes of a nineteen year old male. Especially one who is finding his way in the world as a (horny) carrier of the vampiric disease. Westerfeld also does some compelling world building. I enjoyed learning the "history" of the vampiric disease, as well as the history of the "night watch." Reading about the vampiric history of New York was rather engaging as well. Also, I will never look at another cat the same way again. Don't know what I'm talking about? Check it out for yourself. :)

Favorite Quote:
"But Cal, what about the Garth Brooks thing?"

"Garth Brooks? Oh, the anathema."

"It makes you start hating your old life, right?"

"Yeah." I nodded. "But Sarah's over that too. She was even wearing an Elvis armband."

"Elvis? What is with your girlfriends?" Lace sighed. (p. 250).

Cover Art Commentary:
While colorful, I am not quite sure what the reference of the cover is. Perhaps the storm drain is eluding to the underground world? The flower petals? I am not quite sure what's up with those...

Overall Rating:


  1. I'm the opposite of you! I thought Peeps was an interesting book, and I liked the new spin on vampires, but I was much more impressed by Westerfeld's Uglies series. Oh well, to each, her own, right?

    Thanks for sharing! :D

  2. I adored Uglies and really must try this. Great review.

  3. I love Westerfeld! I started reading him with Peeps - which I thought was great - then moved on to the Midnighters series! They are great - check them out if you haven't! I have heard so much about the Uglies series, but I'm not much of a realistic fiction reader, so I have been putting that series on the back burner. I would love to hear if you check out Midnighters (they have changed the covers, but don't let that put you off).

  4. I didn't like the Uglies series either. I liked the first two books, but then it just became repetitive after that. I liked this one like you! Great review! :)

  5. Sorry to hear you didn't like the ugly series :( I liked them quite a bit. Peeps really was pretty good and I liked all the weird medical stuff.

    Great review!

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  7. I liked the first Uglies, but then the sizzle was kind of gone. Still they were cool enough for me to wanna read this one.

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  8. Oooo! Lily I do so love your reviews! Peeps is so going on my to be read list!