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Zoo – tekijä: James Patterson
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Zoo (vuoden 2015 painos)

– tekijä: James Patterson (Tekijä), Michael Ledwidge (Tekijä)

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All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the violence to come becomes terrifyingly clear. With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders before it's too late. The attacks are growing in ferocity, cunning, and planning, and soon there will be no place left for humans to hide.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Zoo
Kirjailijat:James Patterson (Tekijä)
Muut tekijät:Michael Ledwidge (Tekijä)
Info:Grand Central Publishing (2015), Edition: Media tie-in, 400 pages
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For years now Jackson Oz has been tracking animal attacks on people. It started out as a joke, but as the data kept coming in he began to think it was more than that. He has even named the phenomenon HAC. Human Animal Conflict.

And it is getting worse. All over the world mammals are acting strangely, coming together in unusual groupings and attacking humans. When Oz manages to film a group of male lions acting in concert to overwhelm a tourist resort he knows that things are only going to get worse. But can he manage to convince the authorities to act and save civilization.

I’d never read a James Patterson book before, and as he is a very popular author I decided to pick this one up because the blurb made it sound somewhat like a horror and it would fit into my RIP reading. Plus, it is always good to try new authors, right? Well, not in this case.

It is badly written, lacking any characterisation, and development, anything but action. And even that is written so badly that it bored rather than entertained me. And the constant shifts from Oz’s POV to random other ones. Dogs, chimps, random people under attack. That’s fine if you write it well, but not if you use it with such a poorly developed story. Zoo feels like it was an idea thrown down on the page without so much as a second thought, let alone a rewrite or an edit.

How on earth is Patterson such a popular author? I know how he is so prolific, that’d be because he writes so many books *with* someone else. So do I blame Patterson or Ledwidge? Patterson gets first billing so I’m going to blame him, but I won’t be racing out to look for more Michael Ledwidge books either. ( )
  Fence | Jan 5, 2021 |
I would actually give this 3.5 stars. A really entertaining book that I had a hard time putting down. Without spoilers all I'll say is that the explanation for why things happened was a little weak. I loved the ending (seemed to be the only possible way without falling into a cliche ending. ( )
  feralcatbob | Dec 22, 2020 |
Fun book, very fast paced and exciting. The science was a bit Hollywood. I liked Oz and Chloe so it was fun reading about their adventures. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
This book had a great story concept with mediocre execution. I've never read any books by James Patterson, but I suspect the differences in writing style I noticed , in this novel, were due to the co-author Mike Ledwidge and Patterson having not worked together before. Or maybe just not meshing well. Or, --I am guessing here, Ledwidge wrote the whole novel, sent it to Patterson to be "polished up", and it was sent off to be published? Whatever the deal is, it was an uneven story.

Anyway, the concept was intriguing and full of possibilities, but the science part of this fiction story clearly lacked the research other authors put into their novels that allows even someone with a heavy science background to suspend their disbelief and get sucked in. (I have no science in my background at all, so I was, amazingly. I read it through to the end. Not sure if it's because of my enforced bed-rest, and intense dislike of studying the inside of my own eyelids, or what. You may hate me, now.)

Atilla was a fascinating but unrealistic addition to the story - no cosmetic research lab is using chimps to spray perfume in their eyes, I think they use bunnies and mice. And they are certainly too expensive to be in a terminal study. Not to mention for that very reason the research facility Oz stole him from would probably have done a little digging, tracked him down, and prosecuted him into the ground. And nothing AT ALL happened....like they didn't even notice. Hmmmm...

The very brief mention of Oz's landlady, (Mrs. Abreu) who had been used as a babysitter before, for the chimp Attilla, was suddenly dropped....she was supposed to come over once a day and check on him, and then just....didn't? No mention of her dying either. Nothing. Her character just disappeared.

Then there was a sudden 5 YEAR gap to the story. (Book 4, chapter 50.). You know what? I HATE that!! Couldn't you at least make a half-assed attempt at explaining what happened during this time? "Turns out an apocalypse actually comes on pretty slowly." Wow, what a way to build up the tension, folks!

In the section of the novel (pg. 252) where Oz follows a couple dogs into an underground area, where they were amassing, living, birthing, etc., Oz mentions again about how some dogs "looked sick, their hides mottled in what looked like whitish-mold." Oz, not being a scientist, didn't once in the whole novel think to take a sample of those 'mold', and have one of his many, many learned friends analyze it. Not from any deceased dogs, or alive ones either.

The whole novel I looked forward to the explanation for the circumstances surrounding HAC . . . so I was naturally left extremely disappointed when a think tank of scientists come up with a crackpot theory (based on a subjective glance at some moldy sewer dogs, some distance away) in six pages worth of writing, forego the entire scientific method, and run with it magically into success. And then, no one listens, and it's back to the selfish world, as usual........ K.

"People around the world are panicking....... And this time, it's not zombies."
This tag-line reeled me in and hooked me. If you like fast reads, something you don't have to (and probably won't) take seriously, then this book is for you.
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  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
In one word: boring. I watched the mini series and really liked it, so I wanted to read the book to fill in the gaps. The tv adaptation was way better. I think because Oz didn't seem like such an idiot. In my humble opinion. The book was just boring. ( )
  book_lady15 | Apr 3, 2020 |
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All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the violence to come becomes terrifyingly clear. With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders before it's too late. The attacks are growing in ferocity, cunning, and planning, and soon there will be no place left for humans to hide.

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