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The Great Zoo of China Mass Market Paperback – August 25, 2015
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About the Author
Matthew Reilly is the New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of numerous novels, including The Tournament, The Great Zoo of China, The Five Greatest Warriors, The Six Sacred Stones, Seven Deadly Wonders, Ice Station, Temple, Contest, Area 7, Scarecrow, the children’s book Hover Car Racer, and the novella, Hell Island. His books have been published in more than twenty languages in twenty countries, and he has sold more than seven million copies worldwide. Visit him at MatthewReilly.com and at Facebook.com/OfficialMatthewReilly.
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I shouldn't really be surprised that "The Great Zoo of China" failed to impress me. 2015 has, after all, been a huge disappointment in anticipated books. Nearly every novel I've eagerly waited for has ended up letting me down. That's probably why I'm not all that upset about another one to add to the displeasure list. What I am upset about, though, is the utter mess this novel was, especially considering this was penned by one of the best authors to emerge in the last 10 years.
I don't even have time to go into all the details (cuz there are a lot) but simply put, "...China" is a disastrous novel in every sense of the word. It's horribly written. Sloppy to the point of laziness. The characters are paper thin and there's no emotional connection to any of them, let alone any real backstory. Most of them are written in as place holders or just another body for the dragons to chomp down on..and from the get go, it's pretty damn easy to tell who is going to die and who will end up the victor. The action, though it is non-stop, is just too much and ridiculously unbelievable. Reilly is known for writing some insanely crazy action scenes (go read the 40 page epic chase scene in "Ice Station") but here, it's just too much. While I enjoy explosions and car chases and fights against monsters, I like the pacing to be a little bit more well done, not one of those "and then...and then...and then" kind of prose. Here, it's as if Reilly was replaced by a 14 year old who just guzzled down 8 cans of Red Bull while binging on Michael Bay's filmography.
And then there's the plot, which is probably the worst of all. Yeah, the whole "Jurassic Park" thing gets thrown around, and yes, there are some comparisons, but if you put the 2 side by side, there is really no contest. Crichton's book was original and believable (to a point). It made sense and it started an entire franchise of billion dollar movies and merchandise. I can't see that happening with Reilly's book because, honestly, it just wasn't that good. Sure, some of the ideas were clever (the whole hibernating dragon thing was thought out) but overall, it just didn't work and left me shocked this could be by the same author that I've loved for years.
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