Symbiont by Mira Grant is the second book in what was to be a two book series but is now a trilogy. That statement alone gives the impression this second book may have been lacking in quality content. It kind of was.
Parasite, the first book, had a good pace, was a quick read, and had a plot that moved along. Symbiont was a quick read as well, given it’s a 500 plus page book. The tapeworms meant to keep humans healthy have started to revolt and attack their hosts. Sal and her companions must figure out how this is happening before the tapeworms cause humans to cease existing in their current forms.
Where the book falls short is in the overall story. The story got bogged down in the main character’s self reflecting and repetition of thoughts/events that happened. At the end of book one, Sal has realized what she is and how she came to be that way. Book two starts up pretty much where the first one ended, and from there a few things happen, but the repetition really gets in the way. Sal has to come to terms with what she is, which is understandable and something that readers would want to know about. However, that self-reflection happens way too frequently and starts to become boring.
I doubt this is the exact reader reaction Grant wanted. Reading her acknowledgement at the end of the book makes it clear she had a lot more to say than what would fit into two books. Which is nothing to complain about. If an author chooses to expand on their original plans, please do so. Artistic creativeness has its own boss and can often take someone to a different path. This time it seems to be a bit of a stumbling block. The book was an Okay read – this is a very obvious second book and didn’t allow for too much progression of overall story or even decent character development. It’s just not what I was hoping for. Maybe I’ll feel differently once the third and final book comes out. For now however, I’m left with a feeling of slight disappointment.