Review: Zoo City

Zoo City
Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gritty, entertaining, and to my Australian eyes, exotic South African urban fantasy with a strong magic realist streak. Beukes’ strength is in bringing locations to life, and the grimy urban-industrial landscape she populates with her collection of desperate and dissolute grifters is a compelling character in its own right. Thoroughly engrossing, and a refreshing change from similar British and american grim-noir tales, whilst projecting a unique cultural identity all its own.

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