Backlist Burndown Review: Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
4 Stars , Reviews / February 27, 2015

Author Lauren Beukes has a gift for relaying information to the reader in a way that just flows and reads natural, not forced. All of the sudden you realize how much you have learned about the world without ever having felt like you had to sit through long sections of world building “information” or “background”. And keep in mind, there is a good amount of world building and information getting across to the reader, it is just seamlessly integrated with the story. Animal companions are kind of a scarlet letter, marking those that have committed crimes serious enough to warrant them. They can also grant their assigned human unique abilities. Our protagonist (Zinzi), while she seems to be a good person, had some misfortune that resulted in being prosecuted and her being paired with a sloth, named “Sloth”. Thanks to her sloth, Zinzi now has the ability to locate lost things. It is an interesting aspect to be so clearly marked as someone who has committed a crime. If you are a criminal and have been paired with an animal, people will refer to you as a “Zoo”. Strangers have no idea of a person’s circumstances, their actual criminal record or how remorseful they may or…