I have read this book a while ago; chose it to be one of my holiday-reads for my almost two weeks long trip to Montenegro this summer. It was both excellent and the worst choice possible. I will tell you later why.
One thing to know about me is I love binge-watching TV series just as much as I love reading. Although reading will win whenever I am too busy to do both, watching TV series is still one of my favourite ways of chilling when I need some down time at home.
That being said, this is how I learned about Patterson’s ZOO. There are TV series of the same title based on a novel with extraordinarily handsome James Wolk (I do like him, okay? Don’t judge me and my love for his cute smile :)).
I mean… Just look at him:
One evening I started to watch the series, and as I became more and more interested in them – I decided to give book a try.
It was my first book by Patterson. To be honest, I have never heard of him before. I went on a quick search through intricacies of the Internet and quickly realised he may be quite an interesting guy after all. Let me tell you he holds Guiness World Record for the first author to sell 1-million e-books. I hate e-books and I don’t know how much time did it take him to sell that many, but Guiness World Record is THE Guiness World Record, so woop woop congrats and yes, I am interested in your writing, sir :).
ZOO is described as a science fiction book and it is hard to label it differently. Nicely written story about an end of the world as you know it is a mixture of science fiction, action, thriller and a romance at the same time. Fast and interesting plot makes it impossible to put ZOO down earlier than at the very end of the book. Patterson describes a change of order; draws a vision of a disaster in ecosystem which results in human beings switch from predators to prey. Humanity loses its respect throughout nature. Weird things are happening and there is no logical explanation why. Although some situations seem unreal, they also seem quite possible if we don’t change our habits or general behaviour.
We learn how our choices affect Earth and this seems to be a bigger message of the book – to value what we have; to start healthier, more eco-friendly lives.
Maybe Patterson didn’t mean to send this message – it is him to answer that question. These are just my thoughts after reading the book.
So why buying this book is the best and the worst thing to do? Although I am giving it a strong 4, I admit I might have reached for ZOO at the wrong time. When I go on a vacation, I usually take a long book to read (or two shorter ones), so that I will have something to read during my time away. As you already know, I hate e-books, so books can take quite a lot of space in my bag… Why the best choice? It’s a really skilfully written novel. If you are looking for a good and fast read – this is definitely your book. I found it easy to get into it and reading it was very enjoyable. Why the worst choice? Well, I finished it fast, and it happened to be my last book I had with me, so I was left with no book on my vacation… and that led me to actually read an e-book I got a year ago on Christmas.
But I will tell you about that e-book next week. :)