Friday, July 3, 2015

Zoo by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge | Review

I finally made myself read ZOO, so I can be ready for the TV series that will be airing on June 30th. I've had this book on my shelf for a while now and always intended to read it. What was I waiting for?

Zoo by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Published: May 14, 2013
Pages: 402
Received: own a copy
Find Online: Goodreads | Amazon
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. Now with the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz must race to warn the world leaders before it's too late. But the attacks are growing in ferocity, cunning, and planning - and soon there will be no place left for humans to hide...

I can see this being a great TV series - it's action packed with some intense graphic scenes. Here's hoping that it's just as amazing as the book. 

The book held my interest from the beginning, with the alternating chapters between the humans and the animals. It wasn't quite alternating, but often you would read a chapter here and there that was from the viewpoint of the animals affected by whatever the worldwide biological event is and it was completely impressive to read something based on animal instinct and thought process. 

I think one of the most intriguing parts of the story is watching the biologists and scientists try to figure out just what is happening. It's not black and white at first, just terrifying and destructive. Humans don't want to believe that the animals are acting out for some reason, until it's almost too late. 

I kept thinking about how insane it would be to live in a world where these attacks are happening and being afraid to leave your house. Not even being able to trust your domestic cat for fear of being scratched to death or eaten alive. Gives me chills just thinking about it.

The answer they come up with is interesting and somehow doesn't seem too far fetched given the world we live in and how things keep changing as the years move on. I won't give it away, because it's quite interesting how they come to the conclusion. 

The scene that had my heart pumping the most are the first scene in Africa where Oz is traveling with his friend hoping to get footage of the attacks to prove to the world that something is wrong... I just don't think he was expecting to almost be eaten himself. 

It was really unlike anything I'd read before and I think that is why I picked it up last yea. Still not sure why it took me so long to get to it, but I'm glad that TV show coming out pushed me to read it.

EDIT: I've watched the first episode of the TV show... things have been changed a lot for the show and after only watching the first episode I'm going to say that I can vouch that the book is better than the TV show. I'll still be watching it all, because I'm curious what other changes have been made to the plot. But I have to keep quiet while watching, because my husband can't watch a show with me when I make little noises about things that are not accurate to the book. (think Harry Potter series - loved both the books and movies, but books always win for me).

“The world was becoming a zoo, without cages.”

About the Author:
This time I'm not copying the blurb from Goodreads, but I will link to both so you can read for yourself about James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge


  1. I added this to my list. thanks for the info regarding the tv show verse book.

    1. I still haven't watched past episode two. I've been PVRing them to watch a few back to back. But from the previews each week it looks like they changed quite a lot.


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