Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly - A really quick review

Published: January 27th
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 515
Copy: Netgalley
Summary: Goodreads

They have found a species of animal no one believed even existed. It will amaze the world.

Now the Chinese are ready to unveil their astonishing discovery within the greatest zoo ever constructed.
A small group of VIPs and journalists has been brought to the zoo deep within China to see its fabulous creatures for the first time.
Among them is Dr. Cassandra Jane ‘CJ’ Cameron, a writer for National Geographic and an expert on reptiles.
The visitors are assured by their Chinese hosts that they will be struck with wonder at these beasts, that they are perfectly safe, and that nothing can go wrong.

Of course it can’t…


My thoughts:

The Great Zoo of China is a fast-paced, roller-coaster ride of a thriller.  The action starts only a few pages in and continues at breakneck speed until the book is over.  Unfortunately, it does so at the cost of character development.  The characters are just that - characters.   There is no chance to get to know them, or to get to like them even.  There are some tongue-in cheek references to Jurassic Park, which are definitely merited and the book is fun, but there is very little depth to it.  So, if your up for action, with little substance I highly recommend this one.  If you prefer some depth, give this one a miss.


1 comment:

  1. Oh, you are so right! Action, at a breakneck pace. I really enjoyed it, but you need to know what to expect. A pretty high level of gore too.