Peeps by Scott Westerfeld


6 Critic Reviews

Both medical thriller and science fiction, this fast-paced, captivating modern vampire story is enriched with biology and history.


A year ago, Cal Thompson was a college freshman more interested in meeting girls and partying than in attending biology class. Now, after a fateful encounter with a mysterious woman named Morgan, biology has become, literally, Cal's life.

Cal was infected by a parasite that has a truly horrifying effect on its host. Cal himself is a carrier, unchanged by the parasite, but he's infected the girlfriends he's had since Morgan. All three have turned into the ravening ghouls Cal calls Peeps. The rest of us know them as vampires. It's Cal's job to hunt them down before they can create more of their kind. . . .

Bursting with the sharp intelligence and sly humor that are fast becoming his trademark, Scott Westerfeld's novel is an utterly original take on an archetype of horror.


About Scott Westerfeld

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Scott Westerfeld is the author of ten books for young adults, including Peeps, The Last Days, and the Midnighters trilogy. He was born in Texas in 1963, is married to the Hugo-nominated writer Justine Larbalestier, and splits his time between New York and Sydney. His latest book is Extras, the fourth in the bestselling Uglies series.
Published September 7, 2006 by Razorbill. 312 pages
Genres: Horror, Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 10 2010

Both medical thriller and science fiction, this fast-paced, captivating modern vampire story is enriched with biology and history.

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Reviewed by Carlie Webber on Oct 18 2011

Be forewarned: PEEPS is neither for the faint of heart nor for the faint of stomach. But if descriptions of parasites and some truly disgusting life forms under New York City are what you live for, then pick up this book immediately.

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Common Sense Media

Reviewed by Matt Berman on Jan 01 2008

Modern vampire tale for teens is funny, edgy, and grisly.

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Above average
Reviewed by Rob H. Bedford on Jan 01 2008

The vampire is a cliché across all forms of fiction and storytelling, so Westerfeld’s novel is bound to draw comparisons to other writers.

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Strange Horizons

Reviewed by John Joseph Adams on Oct 03 2008

With Peeps, Westerfeld has crafted an infectious and clever reinvention of the vampire novel: one that turns the archetype on its head, and makes what is old new again.

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Teen Ink

Reviewed by Amanda U. on Jan 01 2008

Scott Westerfeld is a skilled writer.

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