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Have you ever thought about stepping into the past of a dynamic and vibrant metropolitan city right before it came to a state of mass destruction and annihilation? How could such a thing happen and who were the characters that precipitated its decline? What were their motivations and how did they behave? The Zoo is an adventure that takes you on this treacherous journey Filled with suspense tension and thought provoking themes this witty story is a page turner that will keep you on edge until the very last pageIn the book you travel on an intrepid three day adventure exploring the remains of a once energetic but now desolated and uninhabited metropolis You'll hear about the comical yet tragic cast of characters zoo animals that caused the devastation through a chain of unanticipated events You will experience the deep conflict between 'Larry the Monkey' and 'Victor the Bear' that set the wheels in motion for the catastrophic events that follow You'll also come across a few principled characters that tried their best to prevent such happenings In addition for the clever reader there is a challenge to determine which major metropolitan city the book's setting was modeled afterIn a metaphorical way you may even find a certain resemblance to our own modern day state of affairs At the core The Zoo is a dystopian satire that provides keen insights into human behavior Written in a classical tone and style reminiscent of 'Animal Farm' and 'War of the Worlds' this is a book that will certainly cause you to see the world with a different perspective


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    What would it take to bring a vibrant and bustling Metropolis to its very knees?  The simple answer to this question isnot very much  Any type of civilization takes a great deal of time and industry to create but precious little effort to destroy  Poor choices or a series of unfortunate events can lead to catastrophic consequences  When you throw in the inherent fragility of the human psyche it seems as though we have all the ingredients for the perfect storm  If such concepts intrigue you then The Zoo  An Allegorical Adventure by author Stephen Black may be a tale which will garner your attention  Indeed readers who enjoy dystopian themes which are peppered with satire may very well find what they are seeking in this unique novellaThe actual story begins with a boy and his grandfather visiting a once booming city which now lies in ruins  How did this possibly come to be?  As readers we soon find out the answer to this question through a story told by the grandfather  It is not your typical tale however  It is told by looking back at the lives of the various zoo inhabitants  It is through the description of these animals and examination of their individual motivations and desires that the answer to the mystery of the ruined city is eventually revealed  Could the various animals really have caused such a devastating event?  Or is there to this story than meets the eye?There are a variety of intriguing themes which are explored throughout this novella  Perhaps the most pressing one however is that of cause and effect  In short how our choices can have a dramatic impact upon our own future and inevitably the lives of others as well  Does the term “Butterfly Effect” ring a bell?  It is essentially a moralistic satire which examines the cause and effect of human behavior by using animals to portray the former  I found it to be a fresh and imaginative concept which brings to mind other works such as Animal Farm by George Orwell  Be that as it may the plot of the tale does drag on in parts  It seems as though effort is spent on presenting the moralistic message than is on letting the story unfold naturally  This pedantic nature tends to stifle what is otherwise a wonderful storylineAs for the characters I felt the author did a very good job at developing them  The reader is able to easily visualize the various zoo creatures and then associate them with actual humans they have encountered  It is exceptionally easy to make such connections with our current society and politicians in mind  The ego driven Larry the Monkey high strung Nadine the Parrot and attention seeking Karl the Donkey to name a few  Larry was certainly developed in the most detail and his portrayal was very similar to the rise and fall which occurs with many celebrities and politicians  In my personal opinion the animal characters in this book are its strongest traitOverall The Zoo is a story which has many positive aspects  Intriguing themes interesting characters and a dystopian setting which is quite easily visualized in the mind  Nevertheless it has some drawbacks as well  For instance the plot development does not have a very smooth flow as it gets sidetracked with depicting the moralistic message  The reader wants the story to reveal the message through actual events rather than pontification  Also there is a need for a proofreader with this novella  Typically I ignore the mechanics when I am reviewing a book unless it ultimately distracts from the story  In this particular case it does3 out of 5 Anthropomorphic stars for this one