Is Zona believable?

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Post by Joan642 »

It would have been more believable if the author had given us more detailed information to feed our imagination.
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Post by DBNJ »

I too found that the start of the novel is a bit slow. As for the beliability of the novel, I think it is alright to have some unrealistic element to it. Afet all,this novel falls into the sicence fiction / fantasy genre. :)
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Post by Mys_Trea »

There were many things I found myself questioning. Like the actual place and surroundings. That being said, my imagination ran wild. Maybe that's what the writer was going for.
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Post by Wyzdomania_Gskillz »

Tan TR wrote: 07 Jul 2020, 12:26 At first, I was confused with what exactly was the Zona and more importantly how it looked. It would have been better if in some parts the author went into more detail about how exactly does the Zona look. But once invested in the story, it was easier to imagine. However if a place like that actually exists, well, that is the question.

I agree with this too. I think the fact that it is a forbidden place could explain the vagueness around the location and all of the details that could make it real. It becomes believable ad the story progresses. I also think this could be an intentional part of the author's style of presenting the story.
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Post by kparikh »

With some books that I have read, they go very slow at the beginning and set the stage. A good example of this is Watership Down. It is a very slow book as it starts but if you take the time to read it you will be able to see the scene the author sets vividly. So, my question for you, is did you end up seeing that scene vividly? I believe the answer to this question will be the answer to you question.
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Post by Higher25 »

For every continent, there is a part of it that has not been explored yet due to one reason or another. Being a forbidden place may be because people embarked on it's exploration and never returned. Whatever became of them is still mystery. So I'll say its believable
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Post by Cynthia_Oluchi »

Many things are left to the imagination, and I find it a bit annoying. It isn't quite believable. I thought the slow start would be justified by the end of the book—may be, something spectacular would just happen. Nothing like that happened.
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Post by Luluwa79 »

It's a work of fiction, but with the description of Zona the author, it seems real and imaginative.
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Post by Nqobile771 »

For the most part, it was believable. I only struggled with animals like Shadow, I feel the author overdid it a little with those characters.
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Post by Bigwig1973 »

I think many parts of it are believable - it doesn't seem very Russian to me. "Zona" to me doesn't sound like a Russian word - not that I know a lot of Russian, but it doesn't seem Russian to me. Plus, I was expecting something like out of "Tomb Raider" - no cute and friendly Eskimo-type girls. Siberia is massive - if it's not like Dr. Zhivago or Crime and Punishment or "White Nights" or "Tomb Raider" then, who knows? As to why it's forbidden, the cold factor and government liability are enough to justify it being deemed "forbidden". Once a responsible group is viewed as "responsible", then they are obligated to police such things. People say they won't try to sue (or whatever), but arguments to go to such places are often underhanded (and oftentimes perhaps even a subconscious) means to short-term self-gratification of some sort. Shortly after I read this book, a friend of mine (part-Russian American, kind of reddish haired) and his friend - named Grant - went on a camping/hiking trip and it was supposed to be real cold - I was glad that he made it back!
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Post by zainherb »

ArriettyClock wrote: 03 Jul 2020, 04:10 Did you find Zona believable ? Are there any descriptive areas that you think were lacking in the novel which could have helped you understand Zona better? (e.g. descriptions of the locations, or more background on why it's forbidden, or a better scale on how large it is?)
It was a bit annoying that the novel was slow to start, and I think this contributed to my impatience surrounding the Zona.
I agree with you about the slow start.
It bothers me when novels aren't immediately capturing . Bothers me and starts to bore me.
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