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Audiobook Review:  Symbiont by Mira Grant

Symbiont is the second part of the Parasitology.  In Parasite, Grant asked some wonderful questions in a brand of what I consider traditional science fiction.  Symbiont picks up where we leave off, and it’s a quality follow-up to the original if not as good.  I’m not a fan of spoilers, so I’ll leave any of those out.

The power of Grant’s story lies in her confronting readers to define what it is to be a person.  Sal, the book’s main character, is a compelling and readers follow the story through her eyes.  Sal is the true power behind the book.  I think that readers who connect with her will find this engaging.  The down-side is that if you’re not interested in her, it could be hard to connect with others.  That’s not to say I don’t have a list of characters I think are fascinating in this story.  Grant does a fantastic job of using characters to drive the story, but a fist-person narrative has that same weak spot.  But, for my money, characters like Adam have such wonderful potential.  I love how Grant pushes each character in new directions.

I don’t think Symbiont is as compelling or intriguing as the first book in the series, but it does build on the original and provide readers a nice little rope-a-dope plot twist that I found very interesting.  I was glad Grant got a nomination for a hugo last year, and though I also voted for Ancillary Justice (second behind The Wheel of Time), I thought Grant’s work was more than worthy of Hugo consideration.  Symbiont is a solid follow-up that leaves readers eagerly waiting for the next book in the series.

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