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Zoo City (Lauren Beukes)

2.5 out of 5 stars

Cut to the Chase:
In Zoo City, people’s crimes are given corporeal forms as magic power-granting animal companions that the criminal must carry around with them.  The protagonist is one such individual who must solve a mystery with the help of her sloth animal companion that grants her the power to find lost things.  Zoo City placed me in the odd position of really trying to like a book even though I found it somewhat of a chore to get through from start to finish.  The setting is imaginative and the author does a good job providing atmosphere, but I can’t recommend the book based on the fact that the setting and the story don’t really hold together or have much substance.
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