Sunday, 2 August 2015
Review: The Great Zoo of China - Matthew Reilly
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 . . .
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The Chinese government has spent the last forty years creating the most spectacular zoo the world has ever seen and now they're ready to share it. They have invited a small group of prominent international journalists for an exclusive VIP tour so that they can go out and spread the word before the grand opening. China's best kept secret is about to be exposed and nobody will be expecting the majestic beasts that await them but is the zoo really as safe as they think it is?
It's been a long time since I've had so much fun reading a novel and I devoured all 544 pages of The Great Zoo of China in a single day. I've seen a lot of comparisons between this novel and Jurassic Park and to be honest I can completely understand why, in fact the author states that Jurassic Park is one of his favourite novels and I very much got the feeling that this is an homage to the original story. In spite of the similarities I feel that Matthew Reilly has done enough to make this stand on it's own two feet, he did a fantastic job of creating a believable mythology for his dragons and how the Chinese discovered them and he really brought the animals to life.
Reading this novel is like watching a movie, I could totally see this appearing on the big screen and you can be sure I'd be first in line to buy a ticket. The action is pretty much non stop and the characters bounce around from one crazy situation to the next surviving against impossible odds. You have to take things with a grain of salt, it's like the best possible blockbuster films where you know the events are ridiculous but you're having so much fun waiting to see what will happen next that you just don't care.
These dragons are big, they're intelligent and they have a plan. All that remains to be seen is whether they can be stopped and who will live to tell the tale. I honestly don't want to say too much more about the plot so I'll just tell you to expect the unexpected, buckle up and enjoy the ride. You can't take this novel too seriously, it's meant to be fun and I'm pretty sure you're meant to be rolling your eyes at the ridiculousness of it but I'm sure you're going to enjoy every minute of it. This was my first book my Matthew Reilly but it definitely won't be my last and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.
Source: Received from publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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