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Synopsis: A mother and her young son get trapped in the zoo after gunmen show up near closing time. The mother tries to evade the gunmen and keep herself and her son safe.
Most of Fierce Kingdom is told from the mother’s point of view. A few chapters are told from the point of view of other characters (others trapped in the zoo and a gunman). I enjoyed the occasional glimpse of other characters, but the real story is about Joan and Lincoln, the mother and her 4-year-old son.
The mother and son relationship is key to the plot. They have a strong bond, and Joan will go to great lengths to protect her child. As a mother of a young son, I can relate to how the mother’s sole focus was keeping her son safe. I probably enjoyed this story more because I could picture my son as Lincoln – wanting to play with superheroes, making up fun stories, wanting her to carry him, etc. One line was definitely true, “She sometimes wonders if his determination not to do a thing is in direct proportion to the amount of enthusiasm she shows for it” – every parent can relate, amiright?
The book starts off strong and I was interested in what was going to happen. I did have a few issues with the plot, but they were minor issues that, for the most part, were there to keep the story going. The plot had enough action that I wanted to see how it would end, which made it a fast read (I read it in one night). This book is 275 pages, so a good choice if you like thrillers but don’t have a lot of time to read.