Synopsis from Goodreads: Once in a lifetime, a writer puts it all together. This is James Patterson’s best book ever.
TotalFor 36 years, James Patterson has written unputdownable, pulse-racing novels. Now, he has written a book that surpasses all of them. ZOO is the thriller he was born to write.
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. With wildly inventive imagination and white-knuckle suspense that rivals Stephen King at his very best, James Patterson’s ZOO is an epic, non-stop thrill-ride from “One of the best of the best.”
Number of pages: 395
My review: I’ve read James Patterson’s Maximum Ride series which is for Young Adults, but I’ve never read one of his adult books. Honestly I thought it would be a little more terrifying. It was right on the edge of “oh my gosh what if this really happened!?” and “nahh this would never happen” so I was confused on how I really felt about the whole situation.
Of course it’s absolutely terrifying that animals would take over in such a way as this, but to have it happen to the whole world? That’s what I found a little too unbelievable. Plot aside though, I liked his writing style. Extremely simple, sometimes graphic, and I liked the way the story shifted from Oz’s first person point of view to an animal’s point of view, or another individual experiencing attacks somewhere in the world.
When the point of view was switched to the animals, especially Oz’s ape, I felt so sorry for them. They didn’t know what was happening to their bodies or why they were acting a certain way, and it was almost as if they didn’t want to hurt the humans. Like a puppy dog tearing up your carpet then looking at you with complete adoration like “I’m so sorry please still love me.”
I liked how different topics were explored of a large mass of time; like not only the social side of the attacks but also the politics, and the scientific explanation behind the whole thing. I still felt like it could have been bigger though! MORE fierce! MORE scary! MORE destruction! That’s what would have pushed this over to a five star rating for me. The animal attacks were scary the way I imagined them but the overall attack on the world itself could have been done up to an even higher level.
It was a good novel don’t get me wrong, but not one of James Patterson’s best (I’m basing this fact on other people’s reviews I saw on Goodreads).
Definitely a good quick read! If you’re a fan of scares or animals then come check this out!
See you soon,