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?
For more from Mira Grant, check out:
Newsflesh Short Fiction
Apocalypse Scenario: The Box
San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats
How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea
The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell
Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus
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Science writer in America's heartland
While the premise of this series is an excellent one for exploring themes of identity (If a tapeworm takes over your brain, are you still you? Who do you want to be?), the execution of it falls a little flat in this third installment. Some questions have have lingered from the first book go unanswered, while others are tied up in too neat of a bow. I'm left thinking that the story could have been told in one or two books instead of three. Or maybe it should be four or five. (See what I mean? Hard to tell.) I don't want to give the impression that the book is poorly written, because it's really quite well written—just not structured properly, perhaps. The narrator struggles with one character's British accent, and that was quite distracting. Still, I'm optimistic enough to read the author's future works, and see where she goes from here.
Parasite was intriguing, a little slow. Symbiont was just filler but a reviewer said "well, it was supposed to be 2 books but apparently the publishers wanted to stretch it to 3 books" and I certainly could believe that. I wanted to finish the series and get answers to the questions like "Why do the sleepwalkers know her name?"
Instead I got more filler, more contrived scenes, no answers, more confusion over what the heck Sal's dad knew or did, and more annoyance with Sal.
Very disappointing as there were interesting ideas laid out in the first novel.
This entire series has been a pleasure to read and listen to. Mira Grant has a beautiful storytelling ability that attaches you to her characters. Her underlying social consciousness themes makes her a favorite author of mine.
I haven't liked this series sense the first book, the second was very meh. The worse thing about this book is how the author needs to reiterate plot points five hundred times, maybe cause even she realizes this story is going nowhere. This book tries to turn you against humans and thinking that the worms deserve a chance to live. These worms are killing millions, including themselves, but all this is worth it because one in a million could survive, stupid. When the main character finds a little, very annoying, worm girl automatically makes her a mother, sure. The story, the delivery, the characters are all undeveloped and boring. The fact that the author also needs to put in this stupid, "Don't go out alone," book is evidence that she's is just trying to fluff the story until the end.
I normally love this author, I loved all the News Flesh and the first of these books, but I think she finally checked out of this series and is cashing in on her ability to extend a book with bad story telling.
so far I have enjoyed all of her books writing as mira grant . they are plausible interesting and most importantly hold your attention throughout. sadly I cannot say the same of the book I tried of her writing as seanan mcquire
Mira Grant does is again, she wraps a trilogy of deep characters, actions and exciting original events to a satisfying ending. I thoroughly enjoyed both the work of the author and narrator. The narrator brought the characters to life. I highly recommend this book.
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