Review: Zoo by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
Author: James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Published: Sep. 3, 2012 (The copy I have says it came out in May 26, 2015)
Review: Paperback from library
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 impending violence 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.
I decided to read this book as I heard that Zoo will be becoming a TV series starting on Tuesday. I wanted to get my hands on the book before the show comes out so I wouldn't miss anything.
I was very impressed with this story. The plot is unique for me as I have never read about the animals going crazy so to say. It is something scary to even think about. You have the character Jackson Oz who has been keeping up with certain events that deals with animal attacks. He has a chimp named Attila who he has been taking care of since he was little and he rescued from a lab, and we get a glimpse into what Attila is going through in some parts of the book which I thought was pretty cool to add in. When Oz gets asked to come to Africa from a friend because the lions there are acting very strange he jumps at the chance. This is the start of what Oz needs to do to get the world to listen to him and his theory of H.A.C. The animals are acting weird for a reason and once we get the reason much later in the book it is like oh wow could that ever happen. I mean it probably couldn't in real life but it could be a big possibility. Yes it is fake but that is what makes it a story right.
Oz has to go through mayors and the senators and the President to even get heard but in the end will they even listen or will everything go back to how it was before? Who truly knows? Now the ending was one I wasn't expecting really I though it would have been a bit better but I could see it in a way ending that way as what are we to do as humans when the animals take over?
You have to read the book to find out what is going on truly, because I don't want to give out any spoilers.
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The subject of a Time magazine feature called, "The Man Who Can't Miss," James Patterson is the bestselling author of the past year, bar none, with more than 16 million books sold in North America alone. In 2007, one of every fifteen hardcover fiction books sold was a Patterson title. In the past three years, James has sold more books than any other author (according to Bookscan), and in total, James's books have sold an estimated 220 million copies worldwide. He is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on The New York Timesadult and children's lists and is the only author to have five new hardcover novels debut at #1 on the list in one year—a record-breaking feat he's accomplished every year since 2005. To date, James Patterson has had nineteen consecutive #1 New York Times bestselling novels, and holds the New York Times record for most Hardcover Fiction bestselling titles by a single author (63 total), which is also a Guinness World Record.
From his James Patterson Pageturner Awards (which rewarded groups and individuals for creative and effective ways to spread the joy of reading) to his website ReadKiddoRead.com (which helps adults find books that kids are sure to love) to his regular donations of thousands of books to troops overseas, Patterson is a lifelong champion of books and reading. His first foray into books for all ages was the critically acclaimed Maximum Ride series, which debuted on the New York Times bestsellers list at #1 and remained there for twelve straight weeks. The series has so far made appearances on The New York Times bestsellers lists ninety-four cumulative times, proving that kids of all ages love page turners. He captured the attention of boy readers with the Daniel X series, and his third series for readers of all ages debuted in December 2009 with Witch & Wizard, which spent five consecutive weeks atop the New York Times bestsellers list.
Patterson is the creator of the #1 new detective series of the past dozen years, featuring Alex Cross and including the Hollywood-adapted "Along Came a Spider" and "Kiss the Girls," starring Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman. He is also the creator of the #1 new detective series of the past five years, featuring Lindsay Boxer and the other members of the Women's Murder Club, from which the ABC television drama series was adapted. He has authored books behind six films on the Hollywood fast-track, including the upcoming Maximum Ride movie forthcoming from Avi Arad, the producer of X-Men and Spiderman.
He is the author of novels—from The Thomas Berryman Number (1976) to Honeymoon (2005)—that have won awards including the Edgar, the BCA Mystery Guild's Thriller of the Year, the International Thriller of the Year award, and the Reader's Digest Reader's Choice Award. And, he has won a Children's Choice Book Council's Children's Choice Awards "Author of the Year" award (2010).
One of Forbes magazine's Celebrity 100, James made a guest appearance on the popular FOX TV show "The Simpsons" in March, 2007.
Michael Ledwidge is the son of Irish parents and was born and raised in the Bronx. A graduate of Manhattan College, he is married and has two children.
As the co-author of a series of some of James Patterson’s most profitable books to date, Ledwidge has risen from an admired but, it’s fair to say, mostly unread author, to co-writing some of the most widely read books in the world. He’s made real money doing it, too, enough to change his life completely.