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This review is from: Zoo City (Paperback)
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Zoo city is a urban fantasy novel set in a futuristic South Africa where those who have 'sinned' find their guilt instantly marked by the arrival of a familiar, or creature which is indefinitely tied to their life force. The arrival of these creatures is often joined by the development of a supernatural gift. The protagonist, Zinzi, is able to find lost things and the story unfolds as a kind of detective novel as Zinzi takes on the job of locating a missing popstar.
The concept of the story is fascinating and Zinzi makes for an intriguing protagonist. The world created by Beukes is vivid and detailed and very much alive with character.
However, I found the early parts of this book quite difficult to follow and heavy to read as there is such a rush of new terms, characters, places and themes introduced all at once. By the time I'd caught up and things were beginning to make sense, I found myself lacking interest in the characters and the plot because I couldn't empathise with them, or relate to their world.
I have no doubt that many people will love this story as the world and characters created by Beukes have a lot of great potential. It just wasn't for me.