|2.5 stars out of 5|
I was glad that I read Jurassic Park just before I started The Great Zoo of China, as JP is obviously a major influence for this author. I’ve read a few reader responses—it’s either an homage to JP or a rip-off, depending on your point of view. It certainly has many, many of the same elements, including the illustrations of computer screens.
It started out well. The dragons were interesting animals, their social structures were complicated, their senses and behaviours intriguing. But when the plot took a turn towards Anne McCaffrey’s Pern, that’s where I let go and couldn’t regain my respect for the narrative.
I also must confess that I thought it was entirely too easy to make the Chinese government and army into the evil, evil bad guys without any redeeming qualities, with or without the equally awful Westerners that chose their side of the operation.
But that’s just me—others may love this combination of Jurassic Park and Pern. It’s a quick read and definitely a page turner, so you haven’t wasted much time if you try it to see how you like it.