Parasite

Author: 
Mira Grant
Blurb: 
A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease. We owe our good health to a humble parasite -- a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the Intestinal Bodyguard worm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system -- even secretes designer drugs. It's been successful beyond the scientists' wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them. But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives . . . and will do anything to get them.
A bright red packet of white-blue pills in foil; one has been taken.
Representation
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Female protagonist: 
Yes
Protagonist of Colour: 
No
Queer relationship: 
Yes
Disabled protagonist: 
Yes
Publication
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Publishing date: 
2013
ISBN: 
9780356501925
Publisher: 
Orbit
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This book's pretty amazing - and notable - for being a more-or-less zombie story whose main character has a whole load of anxiety issues and doesn't every fight anyone any way except verbally. I liked her a lot for that, and I'll look forward to the sequels.

It's also got a whole lot to say about controlling/abusive corporations and families and setting good boundaries with people who claim to have your best interests at heart but don't act like it. This wasn't what I'd expected from the book, but it was really refreshing to read about!

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