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A super enjoyable roller coaster ride of a story. An homage to "Jurassic Park." The main differences between this book and "Jurassic Park" is that journalists are touring the park, it is dragons (a type of dinosaur according to the book), and it takes place in China. Lots of action!
A thriller from an Australian author.
If you loved Jurassic park you are going to love this one… set 5 hours aside because you won’t want to put it down. (Submitted by Lucie).
Forty years ago, China made the discovery of a lifetime: dragons are real. Now the Chinese are ready to unveil this secret in the form of the greatest zoo ever built. A group of VIPs and journalists is brought in to the zoo for the first time, assured that everything is safe and that nothing can go wrong. This book is like Jurassic Park in all the right ways, but taken to the next step in some of them. But only because of a few plot points in the beginning and the fact that it takes place in a park. It gives me a great feeling of nostalgia, but it’s different enough to be different from Jurassic Park. It’s full of literally non-stop action, which is only a bad thing if you’re like me and read before you go to sleep. Otherwise there’s nothing wrong with that. And it really makes you ask the questions “How far is too far.” My compliments to Matthew Reilly.
- @R2-D2 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
Should have been shorter. Just too much. I was not impressed. Nothing like Jurrasic Park
Matthew Reilly basically writes action movies in book form. If you're game for over-the-top action and elaborate set pieces, he's the best I know of. This standalone gets a little silly, and is obviously too reminiscent of "Jurassic Park", but for a vicarious adrenaline fix you're in good hands.
The Great Zoo of China was a riveting and addictive book, one that makes you hold your breath in anticipation of what is going to happen next. It was written brilliantly, with amazing characters. The scenery described in this book was breathtaking and everything about this book just pulls you in, especially the maginificent creatures who occupy the Zoo.
Not the best of the plots or efforts. Action (which Reilly is good for) has been depicted well but not the best.
It is obvious Matthew Reilly is a huge Jurassic Park fan. Surprised he actually hasn't been charged with plagerism it is so close to the original but with dragons. I was travelling ok with it until main character found herself riding one of the dragons. As well as being a Jurassic Park fan he is possibly a Game of thrones fan as well. A completely ridiculous book but that said, teenage boys would probably love it. Full of action and blood and gore.
An imaginable storyline, unceasing action and daring feats of survival make this a hard book to put down. Graphic violence and high body count. Not for the faint of heart.
It was full of action but after a while it got repetitive and boring. The same thing happened over and over and it became too predictable
If you liked Jurassic Park, you'll like this. I believe it will be made into a movie. I like the idea of having a female character as the lead in an action adventure novel. It's fast paced, but I wish there were a bit more character development of the lesser characters. May be too gory for some readers.
Started off with an interesting idea, but quickly went downhill. Completely unbelievable. I think I was finally done when the dragons began talking to the humans.
I was looking forward to reading this but it got silly fast . This is no Jurassic Park , I lost interest as the dragons ate the tourists.
Dragons, dragons that eat people.
The comparisons to Jurassic Park are just. If you'd really like to read something fun that's very similar to Jurassic Park, then this is a good book for you. Interesting premise for fans of dragon lore.
At the start of the novel, the Zoo looks to fantasy designed and only after the dragons begin to break free does the novel really become an action novel that I enjoyed reading. Even the authors comments of the book at the end is very good.
Typical Reilly book. Generally fast paced and an OK story. Strangely, it became just a bit far fetched in parts and bordered on the silly. A fair read but not up to his earlier books.
Great book, as usual Matthew had me unable to put the book down, good heroine in CJ,but my favourite is still Jack West.
Oh man, I can't wait for this! Everything he writes is just edge-of-seat great!