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2.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  27 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
A young man is found unconscious in a remote forest. He is over seven-feet tall, his skin covered in thick hair, which reminds onlookers of an animal's pelt. When he wakes in a city hospital, he is eerily uncommunicative. Speculation begins.

Doctors want to run tests on him, the media want to get his story, and the public want to gawp and prod. When a young woman befriends
303 pages
Published 2011 by Random House New Zealand
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Apr 10, 2011 Maria rated it really liked it
From the first pages I was hooked into the story of Bu, the over-sized fur covered young man found in the bush.
The characters are well developed and recognizable in this well written novel. You get the feeling that the author really knows human nature at its best and worst. There's Bu's innocence, the doctor's (and other's) inability to accept that what Bu thinks could be true, Sandrine's sometimes misguided compassion, the publics' comments and reactions...

And the ending - not what I wanted but
Aug 05, 2014 Philippa rated it liked it
Fantastic idea for a novel: yeti-like man found injured in South Westland and brought into hospital; appears to understand things but doesn't speak until a young woman comes in and befriends him.
There's so much you could do with this, and Emma Neale has explored various tracks: medical interest, media interest, fear and violence from people encountering Bu. As the story progresses, Bu's memories of his growing up come out, which fill in some gaps in the mystery. This part – his childhood, parent
Andrea Myers
Nov 16, 2014 Andrea Myers rated it liked it
Now that I've read the whole book I think the early chapters in the Hospital were my favorite, and were ultimately what made me finish the novel. It was all very well written, Kiwi colloquialisms were used well without being cheesy, there were none of the 'quintessential kiwi bloke' stereotypes that drive me crazy in New Zealand storytelling and there were some real gems of characters, like the hospital nurse/orderly Latu.

Unfortunately the story didn't seem to go anywhere. There wasn't an overri
Angela Oliver
Sep 29, 2011 Angela Oliver rated it liked it
An interesting concept, and rather lyrically written, but ultimately, this novel felt a little flat. It did not explore any particular idea in detail, sneaking out of situations that could be classified as inappropriate and concluding in a manner that was not entirely satisfying. Ultimately, it was an intriguing idea with a poorly conceived plot. Still, yetis in Westland, what can I say?
Apr 13, 2012 Megan rated it it was ok
I kept hoping that this would get better, but perhaps I need to leave it and come back to it another time.
I really found that, at best, it was a young adult novel - mostly because of the storyline and the focus on young people.
Another day I might give it another go. In the meantime, I visited a second hand bookshop last weekend, so I have lots of reading to do!
Apr 12, 2011 Alison rated it it was ok
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This felt like a young adult novel to me. I enjoyed it for that novelty as well as for the quality of writing and story. I would recommend to a teenager but probably not to my friends.
Aug 05, 2011 Lyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing idea for a novel but the writing was often clumsy and gauche.
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