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Good book - a little unbelievable at the end...,
This review is from: Zoo City (Paperback)
This is Lauren Beukes' second novel and set in a similar dystopian future South Africa as her first (Moxyland). If you've read Moxyland and enjoyed it - then rest assured this is more of the same: gritty low-life characters, violence, plenty of techno-speak and tool-cool-for-school attitudes.
One of the central features of the story is that, at some point in the past, those who kill started to become "animalled". That is, an animal is plucked from somewhere else in the world, inextricably transported to the killer's side and forever tethered to their "host" with a psychic bond. The flip-side of this coin is that the murderer is usually imbued with a unique strange power. The central character "Zinzi December" is animalled and has a gift for finding people through their lost items. The story gets started on this basis but, as you'd expect, many things are not as they seem and a seemingly straight-forward job quickly spirals out of control.
I read the book quickly (a couple of sittings) and thought the characters, dialogue and description were all good. My one gripe (and why i've rated as four stars rather than five) is that I couldn't bring myself to quite believe the baddy's actions and motivation in the context of what he/she was trying to achieve - when "all was revealed" in the final pages. I can't really say more than that without putting in spoilers - which I don't want to do.
If you've read Moxyland and want more of the same - you should buy this. I don't think you'll be disappointed. If you've not read Moxyland but like violent cyber-punk set in a dystopian future, again, buy it! If you like it, you can go and buy Moxyland and have twice the fun.