REVIEW - The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly

Title: The Great Zoo of China

Author: Matthew Reilly

Publisher: Gallery Books

Release Date: 27th January 2015

Source: NetGalley
In the blockbuster and bestselling tradition of Jurassic Park comes the breakneck new adventure from the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Matthew Reilly whose imaginative, cinematic thrillers “make you feel like a kid again; [they’re] a blast” (Booklist).

It is a secret the Chinese government has been keeping for forty years. They have proven the existence of dragons—a landmark discovery no one could ever believe is real, and a scientific revelation that will amaze the world. Now the Chinese are ready to unveil their astonishing findings within the greatest zoo ever constructed.

A small group of VIPs and journalists has been brought to the zoo deep within China to see these fabulous creatures for the first time. Among them is Dr. Cassandra Jane “CJ” Cameron, a writer for National Geographic and an expert on reptiles. The visitors are assured by their Chinese hosts that they will be struck with wonder at these beasts, that the dragons are perfectly safe, and that nothing can go wrong.

Of course it can’t…

The Great Zoo of China is Jurassic Park with Dragons in China, end of.....

Ok, Ok, it is so much more than that, it actually was freaking crazy in a "Oh shit they are getting eaten by a dragon the size of a 747!!!!!", I mean dragons, who knew they could be so horrible?

Well, obviously not the Chinese government who after uncovering a nest of dragon eggs decide to secretly create the most amazing zoo in the history of mankind.  

This zoo is out of this world, it has mountains and casinos and cable cars and...........argh, it sounds just too much, I want to go there.  Seriously it sounds breathtaking, the pure descriptive genius of this book is just plain fab.  The author's imagination, well you can tell he had fun creating this place.

Anyway the gist of the book is that the Chinese are having a pre-opening VIP experience and the story follows CJ Cameron and her brother Hamish plus some other American dignitaries as the view the zoo.

CJ represents Nat Geo and is a expert on reptiles, she is blown away by what she sees.  A zoo full of dragons, all shapes, sizes and colours.

All of them are curious as to how it is safe. Wouldn't you be?

Rest assured, they are told, there is a force field in place that not only protects them, it also stops the dragons from leaving the zoo. They have nothing to worry about whatsoever.

So off course when they are in a cable car that is attacked by a group of vicious, bloodthirsty, incredibly intelligent dragons they feel they may have been lied to a little.

The Great Zoo of China is not a serious book but it is serious fun. It is also incredibly gory, violent, bloody, you get the idea! 

There is no holding back as CJ and her brother try to get to safety as one by one their group are picked off.  

My only gripe is that it does get a little repetitive with the dragons constant killing over and over again. You do find lots of pages where basically the same thing is happening and I did find myself skimming over that a bit.

Do they get a happy ending?, well you can read it and find out!

Oh, did I mention it has a talking dragon......

Thanks to Gallery Books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review


Random Redheaded Ramblings


  1. I don't normally read fantasy but I might be willing to try this one!

  2. Same here! The dragon attacks started sounding all the same, and I basically ended up skimming the last 25% of the book just to get to the end. Ha ha. I think I rated it three stars, too. Great review, thanks. I love it when someone see the same thing in a story thst I did. :)

    1. Yep, it seemed to be the same dragon doing the chomping over and over and over again! It was fun read and definitely not serious!

  3. I have seen some people reading and reviewing this book as well, but most times it comes off as a mediocre read. It does sound like it is set in such a cool place and I would love to be there, as long as I wasn't going to be eaten by dragons!

    1. It is not a serious book but if you are looking for a daft read then this is it!


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