Zoo: The Graphic Novel Paperback – June 30, 2015
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I have read statements from other reviewers that Patterson doesn't write all of his books anymore, and essentially leases out his name for ghostwriters to publish under. My guess is that's what happened here ... because this is NOT indicative of Patterson's early work at all.
I reserve one star for books I simply could not finish. This book was short enough for me to get through it so I'm giving it two stars.
I am not recommending it.
When the plot finally gets going the book is pretty good though the editing surprised me it was poor at best. The plot has an authentic ring to it. The solution was at first over simplified but we humans like our creature comforts & the ending is really no ending at all. However it was much better then a cliff hanger meaning you must read the sequel to get the true ending.
I don't see how they will encompass the entire book in 3 months & I have my doubts it can be reduced for TV & be any good I guess time will tell.
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Having never read anything by Patterson, I wasn't sure what I'd get. Boy, was I disappointed.
If the TV series is couch 'n' TV, tuck up with a pizza and enjoy the ride, the novel is ... a spiritless wasteland with not even a hint of pizza.
I've read that John Wyndam would write a draft of his stories, and then rewrite it through again and again, start to finish, until he was satisfied with the result. On that basis, Patterson took a redeye from A to B and jotted down some ideas and then sent them into his publisher to print. This is a collection of scenes in short chapters, telling a very thin story, populated by people with zero description or personality whom you couldn't care less about.
There is one lengthy section near the start of the book, after the sequence where we are introduced to the protagonists' pet ape (who never really features in the story in any *meaningful* way), set in Africa. If every chapter had been crafted like this I might have been more satisfied. But, no, 500 pages and 100 chapters later, everything is rushed, with little or no purposeful context or engagement: Chapter 1: this happens; moving onto to Chapter 2: and this happens; now rush to Chapter 3 ... Chapter 100: the end, royalty cheque is in the post.
The greatest disappointment for me is that this *could* have been a quite spectacular series of books, a trilogy at least. Using no more than the contents of this story but, returning to the food analogy, some meat on the bones.
We start off with a dysfunctional scientist called Oz who has raised a chimp from birth. When 'she creatures start to act differently Oz meets a young well respected French Scientist whom he falls in love with They go around the world together to try and find a cure for what has caused all the animals to turn against humans.
It is okay, I finished the book, but was looking forward to a book as gripping as Michael Crcithton's Jurassic Park, instead of this, I received a mediocre book, with no tension, no thoughts of "Just another paragraph" but a mildly thought of "When is it going to end"
I was hooked from the beginning and couldn't put it down. It was non stop from the start and rather scary at times. The most worrying thing about it is that it could happen as we are all very reliant on technology.
Yet I can't help but feel very disappointed, some parts of the book were very well written and entertaining and then others seemed sloppy and rushed.
Everyone knows that books are better than TV and film, but actually in this instance it's not the case. The book is worth a read but I was expecting a lot more from this book
animals that attack humans certainly makes you think about everything we as a human race are doing to the environment and the consequences of it, looking forward to zoo 2 have already pre ordered it