Westerfeld, Scott. Peeps.

Author:Marler, Myrna
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

WESTERFELD, Scott. Peeps. Penguin, Razorbill. 320p. c2005. 1-59514-031-X. $16.99. S*

One pictures a high school science teacher looking out at a bored class and thinking, "Hmm ... how can I make the theory of evolution interesting? I know. I'll write a novel about vampires!" This author, however, has a long list of SF novels behind him and found his author calling in infancy, so the potential use of this book to teach Darwinian theory is perhaps a happy coincidence. "Peeps" is short for parasite positive, the "preferred" term for modern vampires because, yes, vampirism is the result of parasitic infection, with which the world abounds (as Westerfeld happily details in quirky but factual even-numbered chapters). The super powers (strength, the ability to leap tall buildings--but no flying, come on!--the uncanny sense of smell, the desire to eat meat, the horniness, the hatred of mirror reflections) are only resulting symptoms. Nineteen-year old Cal arrives in New...

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