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Zoo (Zoo Series) Paperback – 11 Apr 2013
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An epic, unputdownable thriller from the world's bestselling thriller writer James Patterson
CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR JAMES PATTERSON:
"The Man Who Can't Miss."--Lev Grossman, Time
"The Man Who Can't Miss." "Lev Grossman, Time""
"When it comes to constructing a harrowing plot, author James Patterson can turn a screw all right." "New York Daily News""
"Patterson's novels are sleek entertainment machines, the Porsches of commercial fiction, expertly engineered and lightning fast." "Publishers Weekly"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
The writing is snappy and to the point. It is not clunky and over descriptive but sets a sharp and stark overview of a world crisis in a series of vignettes but most of all I did find it beleivable with an ending that is both thought provoking and questionable.
With regards to my first reason I dont believe that my enjoyment of the TV series is going to be marred at all, whilst following the overall theme of the book the TV series is very different in terms of characters, scenes and development. There are ideas from the book used in the series but in different settings and storylines.
Hats off to James and Michael, a very different kind of apocalypse!!
What a let down! The 'science' appeared to all be guess work on the part of the main characters, there was no indication of what made Oz come up with his original theory, or why his initial warnings fell on deaf ears.
Character development was non-existant, you really just do not care about Oz or anyone else in the story. Oz's reaction on the discovery of 'what has happened in his appt' while he was in Africa is laughable! Details of the back-stories seem irrelevant - Oz's military service, Chloe's panic attacks (introduced needlessly), the fact that she is supposed to be a scientist too (not developed/used in the story).
I've noticed a couple of other reviewers montioning Zoo is more like Stephen King - SK would never turn out dross like this. Perhaps it is down to the co-author set up JP has, where possibly others write and he over-sees?
In conclussion this is a really poor book. If science based thrillers are your bag check out Michael Crichton - Jurrasic Park, State of Fear etc. - nobody does (did) it better, nobody. I probably wont be bothering with too many JP novels in future.
Well where to start? The flawed science didn't bother me as I suspect it will a lot of more pedantic readers, after all this is fiction. Rather the poor writing, terrible characters and lack of any tension or anything that really made me want to read on.
I found the main character really hard to like or to empathise with. Other supporting characters felt like they didn't really have any substance or interesting characteristics. The book is a respectable length but at times it felt like nothing was really happening. I kept putting this book down and not getting that feeling of I need to find out what happens next. More like I felt like I should struggle to the end because it might get better. Plus the ending isn't great - no spoilers here, maybe it is meant to shock but it just felt like such a cop out.
I think the idea was good and probably would be excellent if it had been more well executed. I don't like to criticise books but I really did feel this was a poor effort by Mr Patterson. If you want to read a James Patterson book then actually I would highly recommend checking out some of his young adult books - seriously they are a whole class above Zoo!
This book is certainly entertaining, and the pace will be familiar to any who have previously read James Patterson's thrillers. Oz, the main character, is easy to like and has a certain melancholy acceptance, perhaps even empathy with the plight of the natural world that makes you ask who the bad guys really might be.
As with many Patterson thrillers, the pace is so blistering that it's hard to draw close to some characters before they are ripped, clawing and screaming from the story by an animal assailant. I found this problematic in making a connection with most, lessening the impact of their deaths. There was also a considerable amount of globe trotting to accommodate, which again made keeping track of characters and story arcs a little difficult.
The story does keep you guessing though, a key part to any thriller's success. It could be said that this is because it has a somewhat flimsy and far fetched nature, but that would be going a little too far. If you can suspend reality, and don't expect Crichton-esque scientific detail, you'll be swept along by the story just fine. One thing I will add, the dreadful TV spin-off makes the book seem like a masterpiece!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One day this book could be true, the animals will have enough and the tables will turn, we will be the hunted.
Another excellent book from James Patterson.
I loved this book. I'm going to study animal behavior at uni in a few months and this was recommended to me by a friend. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amy whitaker
I thought a bit different from this author not his usual tales or stories once you get in to it you start to thinkPublished 23 days ago by Dave Jones
Read this book in a couple if days after seeing the TV series. Just about to start on the sequel.Published 1 month ago by MISS JUDITH A SHARP
An interesting idea and a good read.. It's so "just within" the realms of possibility that it does make you think.... well done.Published 1 month ago by A J CARLESS
Gripping book which is easy to pick up. Not too science heavy and the chapters are well spaced to keep the story feeling fresh. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. Gibbins
I ordered this book by mistake and found it exceedingly difficult to read. I love crime and mystery but this was too hopeless and depressing.Published 2 months ago by Jeanne Bolton