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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  51 reviews
From London . . .

Georgia gets straight As at school, writes essays for fun, has been placed first in twenty-six drone races and has a serious addiction to buying Japanese stationery. She plans to follow her older sister Sophie and become a doctor, but her worldview is shattered when Sophie commits suicide.

To Lagos . . .

Julius lives in Ondo, a Nigerian state where half
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Kindle Edition, 480 pages
Published July 11th 2019 by Hot Key Books
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Amybibliophile
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

Thank you to ReadersFirst and Hotkey for a copy of Arctic Zoo.

Arctic Zoo is a contemporary novel based around 2 teenagers lives: Georgia and Julius. It is unlike anything I have read before as for the vast majority of the book these 2 characters do not meet, live in the same country or have any kind of link to each other. All we have is a small scene at the start of the book of the first encounter the 2 have of one another in an adolescent mental health unit in the UK. We then get taken
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yorkshirebooknerd
“It isn’t easy to change the world...but you’ve got to keep trying”

Arctic Zoo is an inspiring YA contemporary about fighting for what you believe in - no matter the cost.

Through the story of two teenagers with very different lives, Muchamore shows that although their worlds and environments may be different, fundamentally, the problems teenagers face growing up are the same.

Both Julius and Georgia are experiencing family problems whilst trying to figure out who they are. Both are coming to
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Beth Jones
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Disclaimer: Thank you so much to Hot Key Books for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This has not affected or changed my opinions in any way.

I really didn’t know what to expect with this book, and I was surprised in a big way. From the synopsis, I expected most of the book to be set in a mental institution, but instead I found a journey to both characters ending up there. I love how Arctic Zoo book flickered backwards and forwards
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Naaytaashreads
Disclaimer: I receive a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

“It isn’t easy to change the world...but you’ve got to keep trying”

I am so confused on deciding if I like the book or not.
I did enjoyed the read but I just have meh feeling on it. I didn't feel attach to the story but I was invested on knowing what is going to happen.

I think I was expecting something completely different from the blurb and the cover of the book.
I thought I was getting more sci-fi and more
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Trish
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this story of two teenagers from vastly different backgrounds who meet in an adolescent mental health unit. The stories of how they got there are completely different but they still connect and become friends. With political protests, an African zoo for arctic animals, corruption, and terrorism this story has everything! I will be recommending it to my students.
Atlas
May 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, arc-s
He felt every bit an awkward giant. Fifteen years old and seven thousand kilometres from anyone who loved him.

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3 / 5


Robert Muchamore writes fantastic YA novels about contemporary topics concerning teenagers: racism, sexuality, the wealth gap, mental health, and family. Arctic Zoo is no different; it is bold and ambitious and diverse, but it also felt a little disjointed. I am a huge fan of Muchamore's CHERUB series and I was thrilled to read something with his characteristic style that still
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Jodie (jodie.loves.books)
This book was very interesting! It featured a lot of different themes, settings and characters that I haven’t come across before. We follow Georgia in the UK and Julius in Nigeria, both teenagers that are living unique but difficult lives.

Arctic Zoo is a tale of independence, friendship and standing up for what is right! Politics is an issue that I don’t have a huge amount of knowledge on, so it was very interesting to read a YA novel featuring it and encouraging teenagers to take an interest in
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Miss A
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Upon first look at the cover and title of 'Arctic Zoo' it is almost impossible to decipher the content, style or subject matter of the novel. It is cluttered and in my opinion not particularly appealing, however after having read the book I can see that the cluttered cover portrays the chaotic nature of the world in which the two, 'regular' teenage main characters are positioned.

The opening is set in an adolescent mental health unit in the UK and introduces a number of young people undergoing
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Abbey
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Scott
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy from Readers First in exchange for an honest review.

This is effectively 2 books in one, it starts out in a mental health unit as we witness the arrival of Julius through the eyes of Georgia then time jumps to take us back to a year or so earlier so we can see what happened for both individuals to have ended up in a psych unit. The story flits between both individuals, we get one or two chapters following Georgia in the UK then one or two with Julius first in Nigeria then
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Alaina
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arctic Zoo follows two teenagers Georgia and Julius who lead very different lives, but both feel helpless in their own situations. I found both characters equally as enjoyable to read, so I honestly didn't mind the constant switching between them. This book covers so many modern topics, such as politics, sexuality and mental health.

Georgia unwittingly becomes a global sensation as she's caught in the right place at the right time at a political protest. We get to see her become more involved
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James Koppert
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Even with a good book, 456 pages can start to drag. With Arctic Zoo however, I wanted to continue on Julius and Georgia's story. This is brilliantly paced read with a "one more chapter before bed" level of intrigue on every page to keep you up far too late every night. The story follows Georgia, and relatively unextrordinary English schoolgirl who has lost her sister who becomes the face of the protest counter culture community, and celebrity, completely by accident, who with no choice, is drawn ...more
Lewis Bellamywells
Arctic Zoo, Robert Muchamore

Arctic Zoo is about two teenagers living very different lives, the Arctic is a novel about protest, sexuality, mental health and flawed leadership. It is a very well written book about the 2 main characters; Georgia and Julius. At the start of the book, they both live very separate and different lives and you will wonder how they come together.

Georgia is a very smart girl and she writes essays for fun, has been placed first in twenty-six drone races (her dad owns a
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Kathryn
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*4.5 stars rounded up*

I really enjoyed this book! I didn't know what to expect going in, as I hadn't read the synopsis, but I was invested from page one

This is the story of two teenagers living very different lives. Georgia lives near London, has an obsession with stationary (same, girl), and gets straight As. Julius lives in Nigeria, comes from a self-made, incredibly wealthy family, and is struggling with his sexuality (or, at least, other's opinions on his sexuality)

Both teens become
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Charlotte Booth
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was very thought provoking and was a realistic read - right up to the ending.

The story starts in an adolescent mental health unit in the UK where we are introduced to a number of patients in a therapy session. The book then proceeds to follow the lives of two of the patients, Georgia and Julius.

Julius starts his story in Nigeria, and is the son of a corrupt political leader. He is also gay which is punishable by 14 years in prison and a lot of violence from his peers and family.

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rina dunn
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book by Robert Muchamore and it didnt disappoint!

Georgia is a straight A student and a master of flying drones, but when her sister commits suicide it leaves her challenging everything she thought she knew.

Julius is Nigerian and part of a highly successful political family. he's in love with his best friend Duke, his family can't accept that he's gay And is exiled and cast aside.

Told from both perspectives this is a story about wanting to belong.
It's harrowing and at times is
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Donnamw
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been a while since I've found a book to keep me awake at night and this book was definitely it.

I love the structure of the book with chapters alternating between the two main characters and parts separating the different stages in the plot.

The characters are believable, loveable and easy to identify with. I found myself rooting for Julius from the start and hoping that the inevitable things that happen, didn't. Georgia again evoked feelings of sympathy and admiration and despite making
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Gemma McGee
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
The premise of Arctic Zoo intriguedme straight away, and the story did not disappoint.

ArcticZoo starts off at a mental institute. For the most part, work backwards showing how Julius and Georgiaend up there. I enjoyed that the timeline changed from past to present as it made me change mind in how Georgia and Julius end up there. The book is two separate stories that only connect in a couple of places. More places towards the end of the book. I liked having the two stories going on, it kept me
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Kira Curtis
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
After reading Killer T I was exciting to read this books. Killer T was thought provoking from start to finish and I found myself thinking incredibly critically towards science and the world following my read. Though reading Arctic Zoo was indeed thought provoking, it was for a whole different reason.

The story follows Georgia who after a family tragedy finds herself rebelling against her usual life of straight As whereas Julius, from Nigeria, finds himself wanting a relationship that his family
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Butfirstanotherchapter
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having not read anything by this author before and after reading the first impression of this book I wasn’t sure what to expect.

We start in this book in a mental health unit in the UK, in a group session with one of our main characters Georgia, as the session comes to an end our second main character, Julius is introduced.

You are then taken through the back stories of both these characters. Georgia - a young girl who is dealing with her father losing his job and the death of her sister, and
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Sarah
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If I hadn’t read the blurb and authors letter to the reader I wouldn’t have considered reading this, time the cover made it look like some sort of sci-fi book but I was way off the mark thinking that. This is a solidly written novel for young adults and adults about two teenagers whose only link is meeting each other in an adolescent mental health unit however there isn’t much focus on the unit more how two normal teens from very different backgrounds find themselves in need of the support the ...more
gills
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Relevant and Thoroughly Readable
From the prologue it feels like this book is going to down the Girl, Interrupted/One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest route and give us an insight into the lives of a group on teenagers in the Walter J Freeman Adolescent Mental Health Unit, but it doesn't. Instead, it goes back in time and we follow the very different lives of 2 teenagers: Georgia Pack and Julius Adebisi; to the point were they eventually cross paths. The book deals with many issues including suicide,
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Marjorie
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Starting the book you do wonder where this is going to lead as it almost has a One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest vibe in the opening stanzas. Starting, as it does, in a UK Mental Health facility and introducing us, via a group therapy session, to a group of struggling teens. It isn't immediately obvious who the book is about as we get introduced to several characters in a few lines but all is soon made apparent. From Alex's breakdown with Henry in the session to Julius's dramatic entrance on to ...more
Jane Blake
Aug 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is about Georgia Pack and Julius Adebisi, Georgia is from the Uk whilst Julius comes from Onde, Nigeria.
The two characters are from very different worlds, Georgia is just a “normal” girl whilst Julius’s family is mega rich in a place where many are poor and conditions are bad.
The book follows their separate stories for most of the way through. Georgia gets involved with a protest group during which time she is photographed jumping off a ledge, she became the face of the group and
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Nicole Hodson
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Arctic Zoo follows the lives of two very different teenagers, Julius and Georgia, as their lives take a turn for the worst and they are thrown into situations they could never have imagined dealing with.

The book was generally split chapter to chapter, starting with Georgia's perspective on meeting Julius and then returning to the events that led up to that moment and what happened after. This style worked perfectly, each chapter finishing at just the right point to make you want to continue
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The Bookish Faerie
Thank you to @definitelybooks for sending me a copy of this book.

Georgia is a straight-A student in High School. She's a drone racing champion. She plans to study hard in school and become a doctor just like her older sister. A sudden tragedy happened - her sister killed herself. She left her father, mother, and Georgia a note. That note changes Georgia's view on everything. She spontaneously decides to join a protest and ends up on the front pages of various newspapers. Her fame makes her the
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Joanna Beard
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
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Alfred Nobile
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very Different.
This is the story of Two troubled teens trying to make their way in the world.
The story starts with Georgia witnessing Julius's arrival in the mental facility in which she is a patient.
The story then flips to a year or so previously and tells of their stories which leads to their predicaments.
This is like reading two books in one. The book tells how Georgia and Julius form an unlikely partnership.
My first venture into young adult fiction and I enjoyed it Immensely! The book was
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Rebecca Wright
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Tammy Tudor
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
At first glance of the front cover I was not quite sure just what to expect but having given this book a chance I never looked back, I read it so quickly as I could not stop turning the pages.

For me a good book is one that makes you think and this plot did as it touched upon so many societal issues from mental health to politics. Although, saying this, I was expecting this book to be very heavy but it really is not - it is filled with engaging content, believable characters that you really want
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