Friday 23 January 2015

The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly

The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It is a secret the Chinese government has been keeping for forty years.

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…



I love adventure books and movies. I have no problem with over the top storylines and I can even take some flat characters. But even I have a limit and this book, well its story went over that limit. That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it, partly, the beginning was fast paced and everything and CJ the main character was OK. I liked the fact that she had scars on her face because perfect good looking characters are irritating to read about. Her brother Hamish was also OK. But you could fairly easy figure out who would live to see the end of this story and who would not; there was no surprise death, there were no feelings of "oh no they killed off him/her and now I'm sad".

Matthew Reilly really tried his best to write the deaths quite gruesome, but since no character that died really was someone that I cared about was it just "another bloody death". I mean I found the death of getting your lungs sucked out of you by a bomb more awful that being bitten to death by a dragon.

Two things really bothered me, the nice dragon and the fact that there was a child in the story. I knew that the nice dragon would come in handy later on the story (it was) and that the child would need to be rescued (yes that happened). So the bloody storyline was so frustrating predictable that the story lost all excitements.

Still I liked the beginning. I would read more books by Matthew Reilly. But I was disappointed by this one for I was really looking forward to reading The Great Zoo of China.

Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a free copy for an honest review!

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