Book Review: Chimera by Mira Grant

November 25, 2015 Audiobooks, Book Reviews, Horror, Zombies 0

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Book Review: Chimera by Mira GrantChimera (Parasitology, #3) by Mira Grant
Series: Parasitology #3
Published by Orbit on November 24th 2015
Narrator: Christine Lakin
Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
Genres: Apocalyptic, Horror, zombie
Pages: 512
Source: AudioBook Reviewer
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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?

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This starts out much like book two, it jumps right in with little to go on if you have not read the previous books. There is so much in this one that there really just isn’t any time to reiterate what has happened before.

Although book two was written so you could understand what was going on without reading book one, this one has to be read after the first two. There is just too much in this plot to understand if you missed the first two books.

That said, there is a lot in this even if you have read the first two! Once again Sal is trapped but at least she knows her place now. Book two really opened up how she felt and who she thought her family was, and who her family thought she was. Having people call you a monster may make you think twice about if you are going to call them Mommy and Daddy.

She’s gone through so much that I was really hoping she would get a backbone. The only backbone she has is when she is pretending to be her former self, Sally. She sticks up for herself more, tells people off, and really is an overly normal person in this instances. When she is not channeling Sally she turns back into this whiny, everyone is against me, little girl that might as well curl up and die because the entire world is after her.

To be fair, the entire world is after her but geez… do we have to complain about it every second? I think the narrator has something to do with Sal coming off like this. She always sounds like she is about to cry. It just throws me off of what could be a really good story.

Sal does start to get courageous (to be fair, she is always courageous but just wants to curl into a ball in a corner most of the time) when she suspects her friends are in danger. This is the girl that I liked from books one and two. She is scared, a lot of the time, and that’s okay, but I want to know that this book is worth reading! Just a side note, it is but I almost thought it was going to be touch and go there for a bit.

There are also very few of my favorite characters from books one and two, in this one. Tansy is here but sparingly sort of. Adam is the same. Most of this one is about Sal and her ongoing against herself and the world. I missed Tansy’s funny commentary, could have really used that because this one gets heavy. And there were a few things that bothered me. Mostly that Sal is ready to accept family so readily. With what she has been through I think it would be really strange to so easily accept others. There’s a lot of this, and Sal explains how she feels, but for me, it didn’t totally fit.

The ending was very enjoyable. It seems like it is the end but Mira Grant added quite a few books to her Newsflesh trilogy so who knows. I think it is complete the way it is but hearing how others felt about what was going on in the world would be interesting.

For the most part I really enjoyed this. Mira Grant does not pull any punches when it comes to virology, she knows what she is talking about and it shows. There are also some parts that even made me cringe! It wasn’t gruesome, just had bits and pieces here and there that made me do a double take.

In short: Really good end to a fascinating and different take to a zombie(ish) trilogy. I definitely recommend reading the entire series.

There was one part with a fire fight. Who says that? Reminds me of Boondock Saints though so I’ll go with it and leave you with this fabulous moment…


The Author


About Mira Grant

Born and raised in Northern California, Mira Grant has made a lifelong study of horror movies, horrible viruses, and the inevitable threat of the living dead. In college, she was voted Most Likely to Summon Something Horrible in the Cornfield, and was a founding member of the Horror Movie Sleep-Away Survival Camp, where her record for time survived in the Swamp Cannibals scenario remains unchallenged.

Mira lives in a crumbling farmhouse with an assortment of cats, horror movies, comics, and books about horrible diseases. When not writing, she splits her time between travel, auditing college virology courses, and watching more horror movies than is strictly good for you. Favorite vacation spots include Seattle, London, and a large haunted corn maze just outside of Huntsville, Alabama.

Mira sleeps with a machete under her bed, and highly suggests that you do the same.

Mira also writes as Seanan McGuire.

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