This review is of an advance reading copy I received via a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.
In Jamrach's Menagerie
, Jaffy and Tim, friends and rivals growing up in 19th century London, embark on an ill-fated overseas adventure hoping to capture an elusive "dragon" for their employer. The pacing is uneven throughout, but the narrative carries such emotional depth and presence that I can forgive this minor fault. It's surprisingly intense. Don't be fooled by the book's title and whimsical cover design...this is
a light read. Somewhere along the way it morphs into Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors
out on the open water.