By Scott Westerfeld

A yr in the past, Cal Thompson was once a school freshman extra drawn to assembly women and partying than in attending biology classification. Now, after a fateful come upon with a mysterious girl named Morgan, biology has turn into, actually, Cal's life.

Cal used to be contaminated by means of a parasite that has a really frightening impact on its host. Cal himself is a service, unchanged by way of the parasite, yet he is contaminated the girlfriends he is had considering Morgan. All 3 have became the ravening ghouls Cal calls Peeps. the remainder of us recognize them as vampires. it really is Cal's activity to seek them down earlier than they could create extra in their type. . . .

Bursting with the pointy intelligence and sly humor which are speedy changing into his trademark, Scott Westerfeld's novel is an totally unique tackle an archetype of horror.

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Yet you’ve obtained these men who gave you the construction plans, correct? documents, you referred to as them? and you have got to analyze the heritage of the sewers and subways and stuff. i used to be puzzling over that this day. That’s why I went into journalism, you recognize. ” “For the sewer study? ” “No, dude. to determine what’s fairly happening, to get backstage. I suggest, there’s this complete different global that nobody understands approximately. How cool is that? ” I positioned my fork and knife down firmly. “Listen, Lace. I don’t comprehend if you’re critical, yet it’s out of the query. the folk who paintings in documents come from outdated households; they grew up with this mystery heritage. they could communicate heart English and Dutch and determine clerks who lived centuries in the past by means of their handwriting. They’ve all recognized each other for generations. You can’t simply appear and ask for a task. ” “That’s all very impressive,” she stated, then smirked. “But they suck at discovering humans. ” “Pardon me? ” Lace’s grin grew wider as she wound one other spindle of spaghetti onto her fork, then positioned it into her mouth, chewing slowly. eventually, she swallowed. “I acknowledged they suck at discovering humans. ” “What do you suggest? ” “Let me express you whatever, dude. ” She pulled out a number of folded photocopies from her inside of jacket pocket and passed them to me. I driven my empty plate apart and opened up them at the white tablecloth. They have been the ground plans to a home, an immense one. The labels have been written by way of hand in a flowing script, and the photocopies had that grey tinge that intended the originals have been on outdated, yellowing paper. “What is that this? ” “That’s Morgan Ryder’s condo. ” I blinked. “Her what? ” “Her family’s, really, yet she’s staying there now. ” “No manner. ” “Way, dude. ” I shook my head. “Records may have stumbled on her already. ” Lace shrugged, her fork twirling, the final strands of spaghetti on her plate trailing like a satellite tv for pc photograph of a storm. “It wasn’t even that arduous. All I needed to do was once struggle through the phonebook, calling all of the Ryders, requesting Morgan. the 1st dozen acknowledged there has been not anyone there by means of that identify. Then certainly one of them acquired all paranoid and requested me who the hell i used to be. ” She laughed. “I obtained frightened and hung up. ” “That doesn’t end up whatever. ” Lace pointed on the papers in my hand. “That’s where, in keeping with the deal with within the telephone book. It’s even within the historic register—belonged to the Ryders because it was once equipped. ” I stared on the plans, shaking my head. there has been no approach this may have got prior files; the Mayor’s place of work could have checked together with her relatives at once. “But she’s now not there. She’s lacking, like I stated. ” “You acknowledged light? darkish hair and sort of gothy? ” I opened my mouth, however it took some time for sound to return out. “You went there? ” Lace nodded, commencing to wind one other spindle of pasta. “Of path, I didn’t knock at the door. I’m extra into research than disagreement. however the condominium has those great bay home windows. And the most unearthly factor is, Morgan doesn’t glance loopy in any respect. simply bored, sitting on the window and examining. Do peeps learn, dude?

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