Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Zoo by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

Zoo  This one is coming to the small screen on the 30th of June.  It read sort of like a screenplay and I think, for me, this might be one of those rare works that is actually better in a more visual format.

This is the story of a biologist, Jackson Oz, who notices that something is very wrong with the animals.  Oz has a theory about the animal behavior, which he calls HAC or Human Animal Conflict.   As news stories escalate about animals attacking, Oz heads to Africa, in hope of getting some support for his theory.  Once there, Oz finds some very startling evidence.  He teams up with ecologist Chloe Tousignant, and they bring their theory to world leaders, hoping that it is not too late.

The premise was interesting and I certainly loved the idea that animals had finally had enough of humans shit. The story of the mother elephant who goes on a rampage because she doesn't want her baby to endure the very real tradition of phajaan.  During this training, a baby is separated from it's mother and better repeatedly with hot spikes and hammers, whatever is handy basically, until it either accepts being ridden or dies.  You'll excuse me if I'm rooting for the elephants here.

After that though, the science gets a little murky and the story kind of loses it's way.  It will be interesting to see if the television series is able to develop that aspect of the storyline more completely.  I gave this one 3 out of 5 stars.

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