Boy likes girl.
Boy gets infected.
Boy helps save the world.
Nowadays, a unique spin on the classic vampire story is hard to come by. Thankfully, Scott Westerfeld delivers with Peeps, which drips with snarky dialogue, well-researched diseases, and fresh twists.
In this novel, vampirism isn't a curse; it's a disease. There's no big Dracula-esque bloodsucker, but there are plenty of rats and cats. Cal learns all this and more when he moves from Texas to the Big Apple, meets a girl, and gets infected. Instead of getting the full-scale disease, he is a carrier, a peep, slang for parasite-positive.
Ultimately, Peeps is about science and natural selection, rather than horror and campfire tales. This dark comedy will make readers laugh and think - two great elements of escapism. Peeps is a fast-paced story which is as catchy as the disease it details.
After Peeps, Westerfeld wrote a companion novel entitled The Last Days. While not a direct sequel, the world is the same, and readers will recognize characters who make important cameos.
More Westerfeld reviews and news at Bildungsroman:
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Book Review: The Last Days by Scott Westerfeld
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Book Review: The Midnighters trilogy by Scott Westerfeld
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