Friday 4 November 2016

Zoo by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge

ZooZoo by James Patterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - < 1 day

Pages - 395

Publisher - Century

Blurb from Goodreads

All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the impending violence becomes terrifyingly clear.

With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders before it's too late. The attacks are growing in ferocity, cunning, and planning, and soon there will be no place left for humans to hide.

My Review

Animals all over the world are exhibiting increasingly aggressive and new hunting patterns of behavior. Jackson Oz is a young biologist who has been ridiculed and discredited in his field for some of his outlandish claims, so much so he left his course. Now it looks like Oz may be the one person who can help understand what is happening with the animals but will he be listened to before it is too late?

Ooooh I really quite liked this book although it seems a bit hit and miss with some of the readers. As with all of Patterson's books the chapters as small which helps you get through it quickly or dip in and out if you are busy.

As humans we have take a lot for granted, we abuse our positions of power, animals are often abused, murdered and dis guarded so when do we reap what we sow? In Zoo, animals are reacting and rising up against humans and we find ourselves no longer at the top of the food chain. Sadly with the theme of the book animals are harmed which may make for uncomfortable reading, there are human deaths also again some scenes may be disturbing for some readers.

I like that the book examines not only animal behavior patterns but also human patterns, how we react in life and death situations and how we pull apart or together in the face of danger. I would love to see a follow up to this book, 4/5 for me this time.

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  1. Yea, I don't think this one is for me, and it would be too disturbing for me. I am glad you enjoyed it and I hope you get your sequel!

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    1. Excellent review! It sounds like an interesting story about man and animals. Have a terrific weekend, Lainy!

  3. This really sounds like a good one. It is shame seeing animal locked up in zoos and exploited.

  4. Thanks for the great commentary.

    This sounds like such an interesting book in terms of plot and theme. I terms of animals rising up against their treatment I would not mind if a little bit of this actually happened.

    It would be something that I would be interested in reading except that reading animal cruelty tends to really bother me.

  5. I think it was turned into a Sky TV series recently, it might be worth looking it up if you're interested. :-)

  6. Whilst I'm not adverse to a JP novel - I too like his tendency to write in short, snappy chapters - I really have to be in the mood. And to be honest, in the mood or not, I'm not certain this one appeals to me.


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