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’sÂ 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 readÂ Symbiont and two years sinceÂ 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.