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Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
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Feb 07, 12

bookshelves: thriller, fantasy
Read in August, 2011

This is a pleasant break from the usual 'who done it' with a nice blend of fantasy and thriller set in an alternative universe (South Africa). It's an easy read that I completed in 2 days while in hospital.

Plot ***Spoilers***
Zoo City is set in an alternate version of the South African city of Johannesburg, in which people who have committed a crime are magically attached to an animal familiar – those who receive such punishment are said to be "animalled". The novel's chief protagonist, Zinzi December – who was "animalled" to a sloth after getting her brother killed – is a former journalist and recovering drug addict, and is attempting to repay the financial debt she owes her drug dealer by charging people for her special skill of finding lost objects, as well as making use of her writing abilities by drafting 419 fraud emails. The book's plot focuses on Zinzi's attempts to find the missing female member of a brother-and-sister pop duo for a music producer, in return for the money she needs to fully repay her dealer.
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