Reviews for Zoo

Booklist Reviews 2013 April #2
Oz, a former PhD student in biology, is determined to prove his theory of HAC (human-animal conflict). Unfortunately, the rest of the world doesn't want to listen. But with animal attacks on the rise, Oz's theory holds growing weight, though his warnings may come too late to save humanity. Yen continues its streak of graphic-novel adaptations of popular novels with this dark and violent apocalyptic tale. MacDonald's black-and-white color palette and strong, realistic art style make the characters and settings--and the animal attacks--stand out, but keep the story from drowning in the gore that might have come from a full-color rendition. He doesn't waste time on words when images should carry the tale, and when the dialogue is heavy he varies panel perspective to keep the story flowing. Readers may wish for a bit more character development, but the brooding ending wraps things up nicely. Graphic violence, sexual situations, nudity, and strong language make this one for adults, especially lovers of end-of-the-world stories. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Booklist Reviews 2012 September #1
*Starred Review* Just when everyone (well, almost everyone) thought the world was ending due to global warming, here comes another threat to keep us up at night: animals behaving badly . . . very badly. Zoo is the newest thrillfest from the prolific fiction factory that is James Patterson et al. Something unnatural is causing normally placid animals to savagely attack humans all over the world. First, it begins with animals in the wild, like lions, elephants, and dolphins; then moves into neighborhoods, with raccoons, rats, and bats; and then finally into our homes, with man's best friend becoming man's worst nightmare. This animal violence catches the scientific establishment by surprise, except for Jackson Oz, a biologist who had been predicting these attacks for years but had been labeled a crackpot and mocked by his colleagues. The savage attacks quickly escalate to the point where martial law is imposed and people huddle inside fortifications to hide from what were once cute and fluffy fellow mammals but are now preternaturally alert and vicious monsters. Unfortunately for humans, the solution to nature's onslaught may be one that is equally as unacceptable. High-Demand Backstory: As with all Patterson novels, this one will surely rocket to the top of the best-seller list, so be sure to stock a sufficient supply of copies. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Library Journal Reviews 2013 May #2

Patterson and Ledwidge (Now You See Her) team up again for another fast-paced thriller. This time, however, instead of the usual man vs. man conflicts, the authors pit man against nature. Animals all over the globe have begun to behave strangely, apparently coordinating attacks against humans, but when biologist Jackson Oz tries to explain this to the world, he is considered a crackpot. Only when the animal attacks become more frequent and the daughter of the U.S. president is killed does the government call in Oz to figure out why. Jay Snyder narrates, conveying the intelligence and self-deprecating humor typical of a Patterson protagonist, as well as the suspense and quick pace necessary to move the action along. VERDICT Though a bit of a departure for Patterson, this work has enough of his usual storytelling elements to keep fans satisfied. Michael Crichton buffs also may enjoy.--Theresa Horn, St. Joseph Cty. P.L., South Bend, IN

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 December #4

Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh my! In this thriller from Patterson and Ledwidge, all members of the animal kingdom, from true predators to man's former best friends, decide that humans are what's for dinner. The book's follows narrator, Jackson Oz, an environmental biologist who has lost his reputation, his university position, and nearly all of his money trying to warn the world about just such a cataclysmic disaster. Reader Jay Snyder provides Oz with a touch of breezy optimism--at least early on--that takes the edge off the grim slashing and that occurs in the alternating third-person descriptions of man-beast encounters. Snyder also delivers a fair amount of suspense, as Oz embarks on a desperate search for the cause of and the antidote to the sudden worldwide wilding. And while the book's conclusion may strain credulity, Snyder's Oz presents his case so positively and persuasively that it's not until the final disc plays--when all the dogs and cats and rats have returned to their natural states--that anyone is likely to care. A Little, Brown hardcover. (Sept.)

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