Long Lost Review: Taronga by Victor Kelleher

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Victor Kelleher.

Two years after the Last Days, Australia has become a dangerous place, and a battle-ground for survival.Ben, who has a telepathic ability to control animals, leads a hazardous existence in the bush west of the Blue Mountains. Hopeful of a less brutal life, he escapes to Sydney – only to be further disillusioned. Then, at the heart of the city he comes upon Taronga Zoo, which has been strangely unaffected by the general chaos. Or has it? Is it an island of safety in the midst of so much danger? Or is it really the most sinister place of all?

Taken from book blurb

I read Taronga while I was in high school and thought it was amazing. The book is a post-apocalyptic survival novel that literally takes place in Sydney’s Taronga zoo. People set up a safe haven within the zoos walls and use the animals to protect their people. As you can see from the cover, the tigers play a large part.

Admittedly, it has been over 15 years since I read the book but I still think of it whenever I think of the famous zoo. Not only was it an amazing read but it was the first book that I read that was actually set in Australia – in a place I recognised and had visited. This blew my mind!

Newer and prettier cover

You have to realise that the majority of the fiction that I consumed (still consume) is based in other countries (predominately in America). I still find it very exciting to read a book that is set in Australia, I even find it down right unsettling to read a book that takes place somewhere I am familiar with – the lack of mainstream Australia published material is that polarising to me.

If you were looking for a hard hitting and brilliantly written piece of Australian Science Fiction, I would 100% recommend giving Taronga a go. Better yet, read it before visiting the zoo then walk around and see the amazing views and predatory tigers 🐯

If the top cover doesn’t convince you to give the book a read, maybe this prettier re-release version with sway you.

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