Review: Chimera by Mira Grant

December 1, 2015 Books, Reading, Reviews 0 ★★★½

Review: Chimera by Mira GrantChimera by Mira Grant
The final book in Mira Grant's terrifying Parasitology trilogy.

The outbreak has spread, tearing apart the foundations of society, as implanted tapeworms have turned their human hosts into a seemingly mindless mob.

Sal and her family are trapped between bad and worse, and must find a way to compromise between the two sides of their nature before the battle becomes large enough to destroy humanity, and everything that humanity has built...including the chimera.

The broken doors are closing. Can Sal make it home?
Series: Parasitology #3
Published by Orbit on November 24th 2015
Genres: Biofuturism, Horror, Speculative Fiction
Pages: 496
Format: eARC
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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book nor the content of my review.

Chimera is the final book in Mira Grant’s Parasitology trilogy, and it’s a solid finale to the story. It just didn’t grip me as much as the previous two books did. This review will be as spoiler-free as possible, but there will inevitably be some spoilers for the previous two books. Read with caution if you haven’t read the series.

For all that this book is the climax of the series, it felt rather leisurely, sometimes in a very strange sort of way. There are several sections where our hero Sal is stuck someplace doing nothing. It’s not the pace that I expected, and to be honest, it made the reading go rather slowly for me. It’s mostly slow in the first 40% of the book, which took me way longer to read than I’d like to admit. I blasted through the last 60% in an afternoon, so it does pick up and get more urgent.

The various tangled plot threads work themselves out in a satisfying (if somewhat tidy) way, and I was pleased with how everything ends. Aside from the pacing, my only other complaint is that there are a lot of reminder paragraphs. You know, where the point of view character stops to think about things that happened in previous books? I appreciate those to a point, because it has been a year since I read Symbiont and two years since Parasite, but I also found myself skimming several of the reminder paragraphs to try to get to new information. It was just a little too much for me, though it may not bother other readers.

Overall, though, it’s a satisfying ending to Sal Mitchell’s story. I’m looking forward to what Grant brings us next.