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[Leeeet’s uuuuseeee the Warp Tool Agaaaaaaaain!]
“When Dr. Nagashima loses his wife in a mysterious car crash, he is overwhelmed with grief, but also an eerie sense of purpose; he becomes obsessed with the idea that he must reincarnate his dead wife. Her donated kidney is transplanted into a young girl with a debilitating disorder, but the doctor also feels compelled to keep a small sample of her liver in his laboratory. When these cells start mutating rapidly, a consciousness bent on determining its own fate awakes from an eonic sleep.”
^[Doesn’t really describe the book to me at all… more like someone only skimmed over the generic slow parts of the book and slapped it as a book description… but there you go. ]
So if you’re raising an eyebrow and wondering to yourself if this is related to the Parasite Eve video games, then you are correct! This is the book that the video games, movie, and manga are all based on – meaning that this book was the first/OG… and is what inspired everything else. In relation to the games, if you remember where it discussed that there was ‘a similar mitochondrial incident that happened in Japan’ – that incident is the story of the book.
To also start off, if you decide to read this, choose the second edition of the printing. [I’ve linked the book at top, of course] The first prints of the book were apparently horribly translated, and had an ungodly amount of misspellings as well. This book already has some ‘lost in translation’ parts, but not from the lack of actual translation, but some cultural and science references made.
This book isn’t necessarily an easy read. Not with it’s style of speech or words used necessarily – there are many parts where the story is set on the back burner to explain rather complicated scientific notions and theories about Mitochondria and sort of expects you to follow along without any real ‘Mitochondria 101’ in the book itself. [If you’ve played the games, you’ll be familiar]
This was still relatively complicated for me even after the fact that I spent a week researching Mitochondria when I played the games forever ago. So prepare to put on your science goggles and labcoat for this book. Those were really only the hard parts to get through in my opinion, though. Each character is portrayed in a way that you really understand them, or even actually like when you get to a chapter that belongs to them. The book is split between a few character’s viewpoints for the beginning and middle of the book, but then all come together in the end since you realize early on that they’re all connected.
Like the spin-offs it inspired, Parasite Eve is very much a Sci-Fi/Horror novel. There are some pretty intense horror scenes in the book that keep you on the edge of your seat, as well as graphic gore. I was actually pretty impressed by how creepy some of the parts in the book were so it made me understand how the games were able to capture that creepiness as well.
The book is incredibly unique and that made me fall in love with it pretty hard, especially since it really didn’t have a feel that it was trying to be creepy, the content of it was creepy in itself. Some of the descriptions of some of the more ‘paranoia-causing’ scenes were incredibly well done. I could hear, taste, even smell some of the scenes described. [Mmmm… science-y]
Another reason this book isn’t for everyone [other than all the graphic gore, etc] is because there is actually more than one rape scene, and one includes a young minor. And I mean like… well under 13 years old. It’s really creepy and really uncomfortable for everyone involved – the reader included.
Also, one thing to keep in mind that this book is heavily science fiction. Not just the supernatural parts, but also some of the science created solely for this book.
I give Parasite Eve 5/5 Mitochondrial Eves.