You know it's odd when you get so mad and thoughtful over a book that all you can say is 'This Book.' Period.
Just this freakin book.
Here's the 411 blurb taken from Amo... Minus the 'oh look how fabulous this book is part.' Have I mentioned that I'm a tad cynical at times?
All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the violence to come becomes terrifyingly clear.
With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders before it's too late. The attacks are growing in ferocity, cunning, and planning, and soon there will be no place left for humans to hide. With wildly inventive imagination and white-knuckle suspense that rivals Stephen King at his very best, James Patterson's ZOO is an epic, non-stop thrill-ride from "One of the best of the best." (TIME)
It's a good thing that it was not my copy of the book just a borrowed copy from the library otherwise I would've been more pissed that I bought my own copy.
So why am I so pissed off after having given the book a 3 and half stars?
I don't know whether I'm pissed off at the stupidity of the humans in the book or the fact that Patterson and the other guy has written a book like this to show just how absolutely stupid people as a whole or individually can be. Which would kind of make them sorta geniuses.
But given the fact that it TOOK the geniuses OVER A GOOD PORTION OF THE BOOK TO FIGURE OUT THE PROBLEM and came up with an eh sorta solution, just doesn't not give geniuses a really great track record to me.
I'm still all grrrrrr... over this..
And quotes from different sites say that this is one of his best books ever...
Now don't think that Chloe is going to be all that in this book despite the synopsis. Chloe was actually the one that pissed me off the worst. (Here's the spoiler) Instead of looking for a way to protect her son from the chaos that she knows is going on, she instead caves into the fear and does nothing even when danger is literally at her doorstep. For a scientist, she was INCREDIBLY stupid. One could say that well she was having a panic attack. Well, she was in a situation that could induce a freak out but she was a mother... iono... I have had ptsd, but if I was a mother my first thought would be in how to protect my child. Wouldn't a mother's protective instincts kick in first?
See when you meet Chloe you get this sense that this was a smart, intelligent woman after Oz got to know her a little better, and then it goes from there to 5 yrs later she and Oz has a child together, all the crap is hitting the fan, and she's at home with her son and she falls to pieces. Hence, I almost threw the book against the wall.
After finishing the book, I'm left with this sense that all Patterson has just shown that humans are the biggest idiots on the planet.
*sighs* Well, it looks like I'm not watching the tv series. Can you imagine seeing it on the big screen?