Fierce Kingdom

Fierce Kingdom

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"What would you do to protect the ones you love? After school on a late October day, Joan has taken her four-year-old son, Lincoln, to one of his favourite places on earth: the zoo. Just before closing time, as they need to go home, she hears some loud pops like firecrackers. Not thinking much of it, they head for the exit...until Joan realizes the eerie human emptiness means danger, then sees the figure of a lone gunman. Without another thought, she scoops up her son and runs back into the zoo. And for the next three hours--the entire scope of the novel--she does anything she can to keep Lincoln safe. Both pulse-pounding and emotionally satisfying, Fierce Kingdom is a thrill ride, but also an exploration of the very nature of motherhood itself, from its saving graces to its savage power. At heart it asks how you draw the line between survival and the duty to protect one another? Who would you die for?"--
Publisher: Toronto :, Random House Canada,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780735273191
Branch Call Number: FICTION PHI
Characteristics: 275 pages ; 23 cm


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Feb 24, 2018

This book was just okay. I felt a bit overwhelmed with the mom's thoughts about every peep, squeak, word etc that her son had ever made. It did get kind of boring during those parts.
Also found the ending a bit vague but perhaps that was the intent.

Feb 12, 2018

I found this book gave a unique perspective (which caught me off-guard when it switched between characters). It was enlightening to see the author go into the territory of what makes someone decide to commit murder, and how sometimes it just doesn't make any sense at all (if there are mental problems). As a victim trying to "reason with" someone like this, it likely isn't possible. I wish the author would have taken the time to finish off more of the story (i.e. what happened with the crying baby?, why didn't the police use night vision goggles to locate people?).

Dec 12, 2017

Thriller about a woman trapped in a zoo with her son and an unforeseen horror occurs. The novel is about survival and the primal instincts of a mother's love. Not enough for me here, just indiscriminate mayhem.

ehbooklover Dec 09, 2017

Wow. This was one stressful book. I made the mistake of reading it right before bed and had a really hard time falling asleep. A frightening, edge-of-your seat thrill ride that was also an examination of the beautiful relationship between a mother and her young son.

marycatlyons Dec 05, 2017

This title had so much potential and started out at a great pace, but toward the middle it begins to slump, and by the end it's just about to pick the pace back up when it abruptly ends. Overall, it's a decent read, but it will leave you with questions and disappointed by the ending.

Nov 23, 2017

This book was a huge disappointment! It was boring and seemed to drag on. There was minimal action or storyline. Not sure why, but I decided to torture myself with reading it through to the end. I wish I wouldn't have wasted my time. I guess I kept hoping it would get better, considering the fact that I had to wait a long time in the library queue to even get it.

Nov 11, 2017

To me, this novel was slow paced and boring.

readfiend Nov 01, 2017

Fast paced story on the unyielding drive of a mother and child faced with insurmountable odds. Phillips uses a unique setting to tell the age-old tale of familial survival in harrowing circumstances. Very fun and quick read!

Oct 24, 2017

This is a faced pace read and it did hold my attention. However, I do have to say I was expecting more danger and suspense from the animals as this was set in a zoo. The book ended up being more about the people then the animal kingdom itself. There definitely were some flaws in the plot that were very unbelievable, such as the knowledge or a 4 year old with such an advanced mind and vocabulary. I also found I did not like or relate to the protagonist or her choices and thought process. Over all it was a decent read, but fell flat at the end. My expectations were definitely not met.

Oct 01, 2017

This is a quick read; I read it in one sitting. The pacing is good, and the author does a good job of building and maintaining suspense. I appreciated that she incorporated the omnipresence of cell phones today - both positive and negative features.

The primary narrator is Joan, a mother who is trapped in a zoo with her young son. They had been about to leave, but ran into the tail end of a mass shooting. So, they had turned around to hide in the zoo to escape becoming the next victims.

After the first several chapters, you expect Joan to be the only narrator. So, it's quite disorienting when, about a quarter of the way into the book, there's suddenly a set of short chapters each narrated by a different person also trapped in the zoo. I really didn't think those chapters improved the book at all; I would have cut them.

There are also several chapters narrated by another character. Unlike the ones narrated by other victims, these chapters add a lot to the book; however, I didn't feel that they went far enough in accomplishing their presumed purpose.

All in all, this was a decent book but it felt a bit incomplete (and would have benefited from dropping all but the two main narrators).

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Aug 04, 2017

skimm says you'll finish this in one sitting

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