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Zoo by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge

51TEMzloFmL__SL500_AA300_ It is no secret that I am a fan of James Patterson. I like the books because they are quick reads and manage to be fairly entertaining without taking too much of your time. ‘Zoo’ was obviously a book I did not want to miss; it has all the elements that you would expect from Patterson … simple writing, short chapters, no major character developments and a different storyline. Though I must agree that this one was slightly tough to read specially because I am an animal lover.

Jackson Oz, a young biologist and a school dropout is working on a theory that explains why animals are becoming increasingly violent towards human beings. He calls this HAC for Human Animal Conflict. Nobody takes him seriously; that is till he takes a trip to Africa to study strange lion behaviour. He meets his lady-love Chloe who is convinced that HAC is an actual phenomenon and they work towards explaining HAC to the world.

Patterson books have very less character development, but with ‘Zoo’ I felt like there was no character development at all. Half way through the book I still was not sure I understood Oz as much as I would have liked too. I felt like Chloe was an unwanted addition as she was just there.. Supposedly a highly qualified ecologist but she did nothing that proved her qualifications. The plot was disturbing. Going through the animal attacks was like sitting and watching a zombie attack movie in the middle of night – all alone. Scary as hell!!

The pace of the story between the different chapters moved from agonizingly slow to ‘too quick to explain’. There were numerous flaws in the storyline .. Like why would Oz who seriously believed in HAC have a Chimp as a pet? But in spite of the flaws the book had; I was convinced that HAC could be a occurance in the future.

For actually driving a point and for showcasing a rare plot; the farthest ‘Zoo’ can get would be three smiley faces:



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