August 26, 2013

Zoo by James Patterson

If you want a book that will keep you hanging on until the last page just for the madness that ensues throughout the novel – this one is for you.

The world as we know it is coming to an end. Man-made problems are coming back to haunt the human population.

The animal population is turning against the humans, and they are out for blood!

The concept of this novel is actually extremely terrifying. I suppose that is what Patterson does best though. When fighting against other humans, at least you have the advantage of language. Whether you speak the same language or not, there are usually universal signs to get your point across.

With animals, it is a whole different story. You don’t know what they are thinking at any time. And when they attack, you have no answers for why or what you can do to stop it.

Oz, the main character, has noticed a strange trend in animal behavior for many years. He has spent all of his money trying to share his discoveries but is constantly blown off and called crazy. It is the classic case of “This will NEVER happen to ME.”

Once animal attacks start happening all around the world and in really extraordinary circumstances, his findings start to get noticed.

After taking a trip to Africa, and encountering these tragedies first-hand, Oz has all the material he needs to prove that he is, in fact, not crazy after all.

This novel was sort of different for a Patterson book which was interesting at the beginning. But in typical Patterson form, he grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let me go until I closed the final cover.

It is interesting to read, and maybe it is not the most likely of scenarios, but it does make you think a little more about what we are doing to the Earth.

5/5 stars

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