Peeps by Scott Westerfeld

Author: Scott Westerfeld
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: 9-7-06
When Cal Thompson came to New York City as a college freshman, he expected to enjoy the city and everything it had to offer.  When he is infected with a parasite by a mysterious woman, he find out that vampires are not the thing of legends, but rather the victims of an ancient disease.   After Cal unknowingly becomes a carrier, he must track down the women he’s infected and take them to quarantine.   Called “Peeps” by those that seek to control the population, these parasite positive females are located one by one until only the mysterious woman who infected him is left.

Scott Westerfeld is a highly respected author and I have heard nothing but good things about his books.  Peeps did not disappoint.  Instead of going the usual route with a vampire story, Westerfeld took the CSI path.  This book is part science book, park horror and 100% excellent.  Along with the witty dialogue and great story, it’s really funny and clever.  This quote gives you a good idea of the different take on vampires:

“The main thing to remember is that there’s no magic involved. No flying, no transforming into bats or rats either. We’re talking about a disease.”

Cal is lonely and miserable in his state of forced celibacy, but determined to find some purpose in the bad hand that he was dealt.  When he comes across Lacey, a charmingly nosy journalism student, and can’t seem to get rid of her, he finally lets someone in to his life.  This lonely bit of romance in the book is a perfect compliment to the hard truths that Cal faces every day.  The scientific facts blended into old legend make this unique story very enjoyable.   I gave this book 4 stars.

Would you like a chance to read Peeps?  I’m giving away a copy for my second birthday month giveaway.  Leave a comment on this post to enter with your twitter handle or email so I can get n touch with you.   Winners will be chosen by using a random number generator.

You have until Thursday at 5PM CST to enter, so don’t miss out on your chance to win this excellent book!  Good Luck!


Kate @ Ex Libris


22 responses to “Peeps by Scott Westerfeld

  1. This sounds like a really interesting take on vampires! And part science! o.O The science geek in me rejoices 🙂
    When was your birthday? In case I missed it: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I wish you lots of awesome books, chocolate and happy times with friends and family 🙂
    And thank you very much for the giveaway!


  2. Found your blog through @ScottWesterfeld’s re-Tweet. Awesome! I just finished Goliath, and have read some Midnighters and all of the Uglies, but haven’t tried Peeps yet. Pick me! Pick me!

  3. I love Scott Westerfeld books. He’s such a phenomenal author. I’ve been reading him since high school, and each book gets better.


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