Fantasy

Talking Animals by Joni Murphy

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I have read a few anthropomorphized stories lately, but this had the best foundation of the ones I have encountered recently. It borders on satire of how our world works. The story is based in New York, and of the other borough’s mentioned, the lead protagonist grew up in Ozone Park – a place I lived in myself for two years, and it was so much fun to randomly stumble onto it in a book. It had llamas and Alpacas as the lead protagonists.
In addition to all the possible issues, a society mirroring our current one also has the innate personalities of animals (their natural environment as well as their tendencies). It is something like Animal Farm;’ if animals became us, how different would they be?’. It has its weird moments, and it was slightly hard to imagine exactly how they were all living in New York, but some images were clearer.
The ending did not precisely provide closure but gave indications on the direction things may take. It is an imaginative take on the class issue, and it even had a few funny moments. Overall, someone on the lookout for something different could try.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers; the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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