Saturday, May 16, 2015

Review: Dragon Zoo: Apocalypse by Martyn Perry and Simon Carter

Title: Dragon Zoo: Apocalypse
Authors: Martin Perry, Simon Carter
Publisher: DZ Books
Release Date: April 3, 2015

Dragon Zoo set the world alight, but when the fires eventually stopped burning, all that was left, all that remained, were survivors.

It’s been six years since the revelation that dragons exist, and five years since the opening of the first Dragon Zoo in London. Four years since dragons started appearing the world over and two years since the zoos lost control, since the world as we know it changed forever.

Humanity didn’t stand a chance. As soon as it became apparent that the dragons in Dragon Zoo weren’t the exception, that humans were at risk of no longer being the dominant species on the planet, a full war raged, a fight for our very existence, our way of life.

A fight that we lost.

A fight that we could never win.

Dragon Zoo: Apocalypse is an action packed story of discovery and survival set after the events of the upcoming Dragon Zoo trilogy. Where did the dragons come from? Why did Dragon Zoo lose control? Where in London is safe? The small group of survivors are desperate for answers but need to remain one step ahead of the vicious and varied dragon species that now dominate the City if they are to succeed.

Okay, so the premise of this book was pretty awesome.  Who doesn't love dragons, right?  But I was pretty disappointed with Dragon Zoo.

The plot seemed pretty predictable.  It seemed like I was reading a dragon version of A Series of Unfortunate Events, where everything that could possibly go wrong did.  And some of these things didn't particularly add to the plot.  It just made everyone worse off in the end.

Overall, I took issue with some of the writing.  It was an attempt at third person omnipotent.  But it also kept switching back and forth between perspectives in the same paragraph, and it got really confusing.  

One random note from an American: there is no such thing as a penalty kick in American football.  I appreciate the attempt at sports metaphors though.

Something that really bothered me was this: someone who had never used a gun before suddenly had perfect aim.  But then he couldn't throw worth a damn.  Right.  

The main redeeming quality is that Dragon Zoo is action packed from beginning to end, even though the end was kind of disappointing.  Overall, I was pretty disappointed.

Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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