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(Parasitology #3)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  4,232 ratings  ·  457 reviews
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 enou
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published November 24th 2015 by Orbit
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Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Forgiveness was for people who didn't have as much to lose.

this is the third part in mira grant's parasitology trilogy. but hopefully, fingers crossed, not the end of the story. not that it doesn't wrap up well - it ends in a satisfying place, but as any mira grant fan knows, there's always more to the story than can fit comfortably in a trilogy. and that's why she has written 6 novellas and short stories branching out from her newsflesh series, with a fourth, full-length standalone book to be p
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Okay, there's still no zombies in this book, not that I was actually expecting any, but all those Throwbacks are such a close fit, I just had to add the descriptor.

How did the trilogy end? Was it a satisfying ride? Did it fulfill all my expectations?

It was okay. It didn't quite wow me like Newsflesh did. I enjoyed the feel of falling deeper into Sal's viewpoint all the way from book one and having a slow burn, and it did promise to have a pretty interesting finale. So now that I've made it throu
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've not been terribly excited about this trilogy. It's overlong and there are no twists anywhere.

Sal is back with her father and the evil head of Symbogen, having given herself up so that her fiance and a friend can escape. Meanwhile, the megalomaniac tapeworm* Sherman has enacted his master plan and infected the water supply with clones of Sal's tapeworm having removed her personality information and made it even more invasive. So Sal needs to escape the military version of the CDC and get bac
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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Reading this series is always a delightfully horrific and philosophical experience. Being centered around a scientific experiment gone wrong, causing tapeworms that were meant to be the end of human disease and suffering to overtake their hosts, it gets pretty squeamish during some parts.

That’s part of the appeal of the Parasitology series, the pure horror of knowing that some of the people you interact with are no longer hu
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
If I wanted to, I could probably write a long rant about Chimera and Parasitology as a whole. But I’m too disappointed and I just don’t fucking care enough, which is really the biggest problem. After finally being won over by book one, books two and three frustrated me no end, and I’m left just glad that it’s over.

The plot of both Symbiont and Chimera can be summed up in one word: kidnapping. For 1000 pages, someone is always getting kidnapped. Then they have to go rescue them. Then they’re all
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

This was a (mostly) satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. I just can't help but feel somewhat disappointed though. I don't think the trilogy as a whole lived up to the promise of the first book. I think some of the most interesting characters (like Tansy) were wasted. That being said though I did really enjoy it and I want to read more (a lot) more by this author.
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-read
3.5 stars

This is decent finish to the trilogy that ties up most of the loose ends. Overall I enjoyed the series, but it felt slightly overwritten and long in parts. Grant's skill as a writer made up for that flaw for the most part. As a whole the series was a solid 3.5 stars.
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Dec 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: canned-soup
I am kind of on the fence about this third volume. On the one hand I enjoyed reading it, and I did so relatively rapidly, which ought to say something positive. On the other hand, there weren't any real surprises or developments with the symbionts, that is any SF / speculative elements were largely backgrounded which I found disappointing. The characters spent a lot of time debating the ramifications of human vs. tapeworm to the point of belaborment. There wasn't any real character development i ...more
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Grant takes us into the not so distant future, introduces us to a world on the cutting edge of medical technology, and shows us how miracle medical cures could be society’s downfall. Eerily realistic it highlighted financial greed, humanity's search for the magic pill and ponders how far in the name of science is too far.

Since the beginning of the trilogy Grant has presented multiple perspectives some in diary format, audio messages, and others in scientific documents. Throughout the trilogy, we
Jan 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

Chimera is the final book in the Parasitology Trilogy by Mira Grant. Having reviewed the first two books, Parasite and Symbiont, I felt obligated to read and review the conclusion.

Technically, this review is a DNF because I read the first 70 pages, threw a fit, and then skipped around to get the feel of the rest of the book. I read large chunks of the middle as well as the last eighty pages, but I never read the entire book cover to cover. This book was
Mira Grant - of Feed fame - has finished another wonderful science-fiction trilogy, proving again that she knows how to write good endings.

In the final Parasitology book, the tapeworms are spreading. Countless people are getting infected and turned into mindless husks, incapable of complex thought, ruled by their instincts. It is up to Sal and her friends to save the world - but the world doesn't seem to want to be saved.

An issue that is incredibly prevalent in science-fiction is a lack of chara
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Just couldn't rate this higher. After reading all three books in the series, I had enough of the repetitions. Condensed down, might have made one respectable read but stretched out over three books... sorry this was just one big repetitive, boring mess.
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, 2015
By the end of book three I wanted to throw the book at Grant every time the words "broken doors" popped up. It got to be so annoyingly repetitive. Broken doors. Broken doors. Broken. Doors. BROKEN DOORS! DO YOU GET THE MESSAGE?! DO YOU????

Aside from that, here are some other issues I have with this book/series: Sal is a semi-annoying almost overly moralist character. (These books should have been about Tansy. That would have been a series worth reading!) Also the question of the sleepwalkers/thr
Erin (PT)
To be honest, though I’ve given each book a decent rating, I’ve struggled with this trilogy a lot, and that makes it hard to gauge quite how I feel about it, and this final novel. I read this with my husband, and in the subsequent discussion after reading, we really crystallized some why I had such a hard time.

First of all, the trilogy was supposed to be a duology. I think it shows. Each novel of the trilogy had a certain feeling of flabbiness to it, too much stuff happening that felt like it we
♛ Garima ♛

3.5 stars

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Short review:

"Hi. I’m Sal Mitchell. I’m a sapient tapeworm in a girl-suit, and I didn’t kill anybody who wasn’t trying to kill me."

I can't believe I did it! I finished this book finally. It has taken over a month but I did it.

I think it wasn't because it was a long or boring book, it's just that life gets in the way and also subconsciously I didn't want to part with these characters. But never mind that now, they are going to stay with me.

As t
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, fiction-sff
In this book, characters drive from the Oakland Coliseum to Jack London Square, and then set out for Vallejo by way of Berkeley. At this point, the driver is said to get off the freeway to take surface streets to I-4.

It's very important to me that everyone knows this makes no sense. I can charitably chalk this up to the author (I believe) living along I-4 and not being a driver herself; however, Google Maps will tell you instantly that I-4 is absolutely nowhere near Berkeley and that moreover it
Chris Torretta
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love Mira Grant's writing but there were things that bugged me about this. Still, she is a fantastic writer and is obviously fantastic when it comes to zombie trilogies. Full review coming soon.

Received from the author, through audiobookreviewer.com, in exchange for an honest review.


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
I feel really bad a bout this but apparently that time has come where I now misplace my love of one theme/book onto another. Not that I was uninterested in the story of Sal and her badassness but really there was a book about 7 years ago that focused on alien "worms" coming and taking over the world and "The Resistance" and the struggle with going native. An oversimplification? Maybe, but I loved that book. I want more of that book. Sadly, Twilight seems to be the only cash cow in her mind :(

Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
So glad I'm finally finished with this trilogy. I enjoyed the first book but things went downhill from there. By this last volume, I felt like I was slogging through quicksand and skimmed over large parts of the middle of the book. The final quarter was okay. It seemed like all that was happening was that Sal got caught or willingly gave herself up to one or another set of bad guys and then managed an impossible escape only to repeat the sequence over again. Why did I keep reading? I liked the s ...more
Apr 06, 2022 rated it really liked it
I think this could have easily been a duology. I think that would have helped with the pacing. But nonetheless this series was still a dang good time, I read it at lightening speed because I was invested to see how it would wrap up.
Jan 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
By the end of this, I was really hoping all of the characters would die. This was another example of what could have been a good single book stretched out to a very boring trilogy.
Sara Hollingsworth
Finally, after way too long, I've finished this trilogy.

I'll admit, this series isn't my favorite series of Mira Grant's. I love Mira Grant's writing style. I love how she writes, the flow to her stories, the almost lyrical nature of her writing while never falling into purple prose territory. I know Mira Grant is a pseudonym for Seanan McGuire which means technically McGuire is one of my favorite authors, but I'll admit that I've never had any desire to read anything that McGuire has written un
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is just such an enjoyable series. While I did eventually get tired of some things (Dr. talking about "her children", references to the open door, etc.) overall this was a real pleasure to read. I'm sorry it is over. ...more
Stephanie  G
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Tapeworm eggs have infected the water supply and the government is on its last leg. They blame Dr. Cale (and her people), while the truth is that war is being waged by Sherman and his Chimera. Sal’s loyalty is with Dr. Cale (and her people), but getting to them presents a problem.

Chimera is the last novel in Grant’s Parasitology trilogy. The story is mainly in Sal’s POV with interludes from Sherman. Sal never catches a break as she is forced to travel from place to place saving the day, and whil
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-favorites
I had a lot of feelings after reading this. It actually made me see zombie-ish people differently. This last book invoked thoughts from me and made me question how accepting and understanding we are as a species. I realized we are not very accepting even when we think we are. We play with things we shouldn't. those who have power lack the emotions and intelligence they should have to be able to responsibly wield that power.
I love Sal's character. I was able to relate to her a lot despite 'who' s
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the third in Grant's hard SF Parasite trilogy, so firstly you really should pick up the preceding two books and secondly beware because HERE BE SPOILERS FOR PARASITE AND SYMBIONT.

Chimera brings the trilogy to a very satisfying and very gripping close, with Sal and Dr Cale allying themselves with Colonel Mitchell to bring down the fantastically egotistical Sherman and his plans for world domination.

It's been a fantastic series - my initial issues with the main protagonist seeming passive
Parasitology series is less scary and thought-provoking with every book.
Chimers is the last piece of the story and although something is always happening and Sal manages to pull of required number of miraculous escapes, it all felt same-old same-old.
Like nothing really new and significant happened.
The only refreshing thing in the story was Fishy and his conviction that real life is actually a video game.
"Sal, we're stuck in a cutscene-level battle here, and I didn't find a single power-up on my
Mar 01, 2015 marked it as to-read
The fact that it comes out in my birthday month is a sign. Someone please sedate me till it comes out, I can't wait for this book!! ...more
I enjoyed this series, and this final book did a good job wrapping things up for me.

Looking back and trying to remember the books individually... book 1 really set things up and ends with "the revelation" that I think most readers would have figured out (Sal is a tapeworm). Books 2 and 3 blend together a little bit more, with everyone on the run and trying to come up with solutions. I think book 1 was only from Sal's POV (with insights into others coming from journal entries, book notes, etc) ..
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
I didn't like the concluding book of this series as well as the previous two, and I'm having trouble pinpointing exactly why.

I think the ratio of dialogue to exposition is off; Sal spends way too much time in this book thinking about things rather than talking to people or engaging in action. I also think this book does way too much of the reminding readers of people and events from previous books thing; I really dislike that tactic. If I can't remember Sal's accident or who Dr. Banks is or the
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Mira also writes as Seanan McGuire.

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 C

Other books in the series

Parasitology (3 books)
  • Parasite (Parasitology, #1)
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