destruction and devastation caused by war, Earth became a
wasteland, lost and devoid of civilization. Humans prey on
others for survival; all hope is gone, they are Children of
the Dust. The Cyrellians arrive, bringing salvation and
technology to Earth. Years pass and everyone prospers from
the order the aliens have brought to humanity. Still, there
are those who question the Cyrelliansí intentions and true
Bella decides to
take advantage of an opportunity that the Cyrellians offer.
When she goes in for testing, she is kidnapped and taken to
a planet and placed in a zoo! The gorgeous zookeeper, Dar,
assigned to train and care for her harbors suspicions about
the new being brought in to mate with a male of her
species. The similarities between Bella and his own people
make him question the entire situation while he fights his
attraction for her. An attraction that proves dangerous.
Once he learns the truth he does everything in his power to
The Zoo I was reminded of an old episode of The
Twilight Zone where man becomes a feature in an alien zoo.
The irony is that there are recorded cases of humans doing
the same to other humans. Certainly, this story did not
fail to deliver its dark message. The sad irony is that it
takes Dar who is an alien, to question the entire situation,
and though it was clear why his superiors would refuse to
see Bella as an intelligent being, I could not fathom why
the other zookeepers didnít. I appreciated this story for
its inventiveness and intelligence, yet there was a missing
element for me I could not place or explain. Bella, her
friends, and Dar are very likeable, the Cyrellian threat
comes across, and itís obvious they are the true villains.
The plot is clear and follows through from beginning to the
end with clear precision. Itís a good story; perhaps it
just didnít fit me as a reader. Whatever personal
preferences on my end that were not met, it does not detract
from the authorís efforts in the least. Overall, I can
honestly appreciate what she put into this story and so will
anyone who reads it.