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3.45  ·  Rating details ·  35,841 ratings  ·  4,835 reviews

Once in a lifetime, a writer puts it all together. This is James Patterson's best book ever.

For 36 years, James Patterson has written unputdownable, pulse-racing novels. Now, he has written a book that surpasses all of them. ZOO is the thriller he was born to write.

All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cit
Hardcover, 395 pages
Published September 3rd 2012 by Century
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Russ A highlight of Zoo is the puzzle of the animals' behavior and the hunt for the solution. Jackson Oz is a fun character. The chapters are very short,…moreA highlight of Zoo is the puzzle of the animals' behavior and the hunt for the solution. Jackson Oz is a fun character. The chapters are very short, so the book moves quickly.(less)

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Sep 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one whatsoever
I picked this book up, not because I had even the smallest expectation of enjoying it, but because I kept seeing copies of it at the airport when I was on my way to the annual Association of Zoos and Aquariums conference, and I was curious. I was shy a book to read on the plane, and the first 24 or so chapters were free on my Kindle. (This isn't quite as impressive as it sounds, given that the chapters run about 1,000 words each.)

Plus, I reasoned, even if it was awful, it'd be interesting to se
Oct 11, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-new
Oh dear sweet baby Jesus. The next time I think it's a good idea to read anything written by an author that writes an average of five novels a year, will someone please remind me of this literary travesty and that I have better things to spend my time reading?

This is one of the worst novels I've read in a long, Long, LONG time. And the only, I repeat, the only reason I bothered finishing it is because the idea behind it could have come out as a truly amazing work of fiction in the hands of almos
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
WOW. I wonder, as I read reviews of this book, what the heck are people expecting from books nowadays? Did this book make my heart race? YES. Did this book keep my interest? YES. Did this book keep me up at night? YES. Did this book make me look behind me for animals? YES. Did this book make me think - is this so far off in the future? YES. So really, I have to wonder what are people interested in? This book gets a 4-1/2 from me only because it lost some of it's momentum 3/4 the way in... but th ...more
Dec 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: set-it-on-fire
I had never read a James Patterson book before Zoo. I will never read a James Patterson book after Zoo.
I saw a description of this book on NPR that made me think it would be Animal Farm-ish. Haha. No.

I couldn't get over the writing style. Is James Patterson a famous author because he writes in such a sophomoric, simplistic way, it makes stupid people feel smart? Sorry if that offends, but that's how I felt the entire time I was reading Zoo - James Patterson writes for idiots.

One of my favorite p
Oct 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle
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Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Zoo" is not a typical James Patterson novel. And yet, I loved the premise of the story which is basically that humans are so distant from "nature" that we're causing our own demise.

I found myself stymied by some reviews that decried the graphic violence of scenes where animals attacked humans. Seriously? How could anyone imagine that an animal intent on attacking and ingesting its prey would not be graphically violent? Had the authors glossed over the attacks, or "sanitized" the many scenes of
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is a stupid book! I expected more from James Patterson. The book has been on my TBR list for a while because it looked interesting. The writing was okay and there were many exciting scenes, if filled with horrifyingly bloody animal attacks; but the science, the human response, the conclusion, the lack of credentials for the main character, the lack of emotion, were all just stupid. Don't bother reading this unless you want a dumbed-down Jurassic Park knockoff to while away a few mindless ho ...more
Dec 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, dystopian
Added this book into the mix this year for a challenge- Why aren't there more books that start with a "Z" out there?

Zoo finds Oz Jackson racing to figure out what is happening in the world. He makes his way to Bostwana and discovers that animals, specifically male animals are freaking out and attacking all the humans in the world. He comes home to find his own pet chimp, Attila also having a meltdown and escaping his NYC apartment. He figures out what the issue is and presents his theory to the
This sounded like an interesting idea for an end-of-the-world thriller - animals turning on humans and killing the hand that feeds them - but unfortunately the execution didn't do it justice. It feels like a trashy novel written in a hurry without care for detail. There is so much wrong with the science that glib explanations and sweeping statements can't compensate for and it doesn't help that the MC is an arrogant ex-biology student with a high opinion of himself and a big chip on his shoulder ...more
Mia Darien
Sep 15, 2012 rated it liked it
I've never read Patterson before. I thought this premise sounded interesting, and hoped that maybe this book would fill the niche left by my running out of Crichton books I feel like reading/re-reading.

It was all right. It was... remarkably simple in its writing, I thought. I would have expected slightly more elevated prose from a writer of Patterson's experience. It could be said that the First Person sections were written to match the narrative voice, but... even the parts that weren't from Oz
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
I have decided to be slightly more harsh with my ratings of supermarket thriller/horror novels (this genre needs it's own rating category) so I give this only two stars not because I didn't enjoy it but because it's just not that great of a book when compared to all the novels out there. So-so writing and stupid science abound as the animals of the world go haywire and start attacking humans. The first to notice is Jack Oz, who is ridiculed by the serious scientific community until the attacks b ...more
Sep 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
Let me preface this review by saying this was the first James Patterson novel I have read. Also, the book was co-authored by Michael Ledwidge. I chose to pick up this book because the storyline looked promising. That's the best thing I can say about this novel.

What made this book such a lackluster read? There were many reasons: cheesy dialogue, simplistic sentences, superfluous crassness, needless references to modern celebrities and popular products (not to mention the details on the many vari
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jackson Oz, biologist and Chloe Tousignant, ecologist have banded together to work on the world wide problem of multiple attacks by animals – big or small, they all seemed to be banding together to kill humans. Oz first met Chloe in Africa when he witnessed a group of male lions rampaging and killing. He was lucky to escape with his life, and also managed to rescue Chloe. The phenomenon of the packs all being male was not lost on Oz and Chloe – but would they be able to make the powers that be u ...more
Frogy (Ivana)
Da je ovo film sigurno bih ga odgledala (volim te patetične apokaliptične filmove šta da radim 🙃), ali knjiga je jednom rečju - loša.
Mar 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
So I picked up this book because the premise seemed really interesting and I have heard great things about James Patterson. I have never read any of his books so I thought I would give this one a try. On the cover flap there is a quote from the New York Times: "Once in a lifetime, a writer puts it all together. This is James Patterson's Best Book Ever." Well if this is the best book ever then the world really has gone downhill and I weep for humanity. This was the worst book I have ever read and ...more
Dave Schumaker
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Let me start off by saying that the premise of "Zoo" sounds like a very promising story. It's a techno-thriller set in the present day and explores a mystery illness suddenly spreading around the world that is causing all sorts of mammals to inexplicably attack humans on sight (and smell). From domesticated pets to wild animals, we've suddenly become nature's favorite snack.

In reality, this book should probably be named, "50 Shades of Prey." The writing style leaves quite a bit to be desired. Th
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, audible, thriller
I found this book interesting, yet a bit difficult to rate. There were parts that were so realistic, such as government responses and run-around. However, there were also parts that were unrealistic, which I can't explain without spoilers. Also, there were a couple of tidbits that I didn't think really worked. I liked the storyline, for the most part, and the writing was good, of course. I wasn't crazy about the ending, but I suppose it was more realistic, so it's ok. In general, it was a differ ...more
Kostas Papadatos
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Πραγματικά για κάποιο λόγο αδημονούσα να διαβάσω το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο.Μη έχοντας διαβάσει άλλο έργο του Patterson μπορώ να πω πως τελικά απογοητεύτηκα!Το βιβλίο αν και έχει ωραίο θέμα και καταιγιστική δράση το χαρακτηρίζει μια έντονη προχειρότητα που παρατηρείται έντονα στους αμήχανους διαλόγους και τους σκανδαλωδώς επιφανειακούς χαρακτήρες.Εντάξει το ξέρω οτι διαβαζω Patterson και όχι Θαφόν αλλά θα μπορούσε όμως να προσέξει κάποια σημεία που πραγματικά άθελά τους προσέφεραν άφθονο γέλιο. Ο ήρ ...more
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
In recent weeks I've read a lot of epic books (A Dance with Dragons, A Feast for Crows, The Stand) and I was tired of wrapping my head around keeping up with hundreds of characters, dense plots and not knowing what was going on half the time. This novel was a perfect escape and it knows what it is: a fast-paced, enjoyable thriller designed for that long airplane ride or daily commute to work.

I greatly enjoyed it, I took it for what it was and didn't think too much about the shortcomings in the
Apr 26, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a book I've had on my Kindle Fire for at least a year (probably two), but I just never got around to starting it. When I heard that it will be the basis for a new 13-episode TV series beginning June 30 on CBS, though, I decided to give it a go. First, I looked at the book reviews; to my dismay, as of late April there were 1,903 at Amazon, and an astounding 413 reviewers gave it the worst possible rating - one star - and the average is only three. Well, that's TV executives for you, I sai ...more
Cameron Mitchell
Jan 27, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Jesus Christ... James Patterson has sunk to a new low... And he's been to some pretty low points. This book is not only one of the worst James Patterson books I've read, it's one of the worst books I have ever read, period. Here are a few reasons why...

-The main character is afraid that something is making all animals go crazy and become violent, and yet he keeps a pet chimp? And he leaves other people to take care of it? (view spoiler)
Jul 28, 2015 rated it liked it
I started this story because I was interested in watching the TV series based on this book. I'm not so sure I want to watch it anymore though. I'm usually a huge fan of James Patterson, and for the majority of this book, I was really loving the story line. Then we hit the actual science behind why animals were suddenly attacking humans, and I think I may have literally rolled my eyes. I wonder if Patterson actually did any real research before writing this book. Yes, the book kept me interested. ...more
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something is making wild animals and house pets go crazy and turn on humans all over the world. I just finished reading this book and it is totally different then most of James Patterson's books. But the book is so different that it compels you to keep turning the pages to see what happens next.
Pretty good. I did something I never do: I made the mistake of watching the show first so that effected my feelings. This is something I don't normally do for this very reason. But I am glad I finally got around to read this book. I have had it for awhile now.
Amber ☾♥
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, favorites
Wow. This book, though.

For a lover of dystopian, I was immediately drawn to this book for multiple reasons. While this is not a dystopian, it had some classic elements that I loved. One, we dun fucked up and there are detrimental consequences to our way of life as we know it. Two, Government officials (and all the way down to "Joe Shmo" level people) don't want to listen to the facts until it's too late, subsequently dooming us all. Three, our planet kicks the ever-loving shit out of us for bein
Linda Munro
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit that I am like every other James Patterson fan, I see his name as author of a book and I have to read it; but, haven't you wondered how much of these books with co-authors are actually written by him? Since the style of this book is identical to the Michael Bennett books co-authored by Michael Ledwidge, and so dissimilar to the style of other Patterson books, let's finally give credit where credit is due... Ledwidge is brilliant! After all, who else knows how to slip just the ri ...more
I've read books by James Patterson before so I was kind of hesitant to read this book after watching the first season of the TV show that is sort of based on this book. Hesitant because I didn't want to end up disliking the book because the show was just meh to me.

After reading it, the book was meh to me. The writing was okay but the characters seemed to annoy the crap out of me. Jackson Oz, the young biologist trying to figure out why animals are attacking humans was just an ass and sometimes
Emma♔☯ (Bookishfix)
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
“The world was becoming a zoo, without cages.”

End of the world, apocalypse novel, but with animals?! This actually surprised me as i didn't enjoy my last James Patterson read all that much. But this, being a standalone, i enjoyed it immensely. So many reviewed this really low, maybe due to the fact that many animal activists hate animals being seen as dangerous and out of control, even in a novel. I love animals(hello, im living with 4 cats, and a dog atm) and hate seeing any animal hurt ,ha
Alissa Patrick
May 28, 2015 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars

A fluffy, beach read and nothing more. I found it entertaining but in the same way you would an horrible B-movie or a disaster movie (like "2012").

Animals around the world go nuts and attack humans, and scientists don't know why. My biggest issue with this book is as follows: the main character is a scientist (sort of, he dropped out of the PhD program at Colombia), who has been trying to convince the US government, & the world, that something is wrong with the world's animals. No o
I was expecting more. Not as suspenseful as I hoped and the story was a little forced and predictable throughout. I did enjoy the ending, but, for me, the road to get there was just okay.
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