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A zookeeper fights to save the animal she loves, even as her own life crumbles around her... Meg Yancy knows she may be overly attached to Jata, the Komodo dragon that has been in her care since it arrived at the zoo from Indonesia. Jata brings the exotic to Meg's Minnesotan life: an ancient, predatory history and stories of escaping to freedom. A species that became endanA zookeeper fights to save the animal she loves, even as her own life crumbles around her... Meg Yancy knows she may be overly attached to Jata, the Komodo dragon that has been in her care since it arrived at the zoo from Indonesia. Jata brings the exotic to Meg's Minnesotan life: an ancient, predatory history and stories of escaping to freedom. A species that became endangered soon after being discovered, Komodos have a legacy of independence, something that Meg understands all too well. Meg has always been better able to relate to reptiles than to people, from her estranged father to her live-in boyfriend to the veterinarian who is more concerned with his career than with the animals' lives. Then one day, Meg makes an amazing discovery. Jata has produced viable eggs-without ever having had a mate. Faced with this rare phenomenon, Meg must now defend Jata's hatchlings from the scientific, religious, and media forces that converge on the zoo to claim the miracle as their own. Finally forced to deal with the very people she has avoided for so long, Meg discovers that opening herself up comes with its own complications. And as she fights to save the animal she loves from the consequences of its own miracle, she must learn to accept that in nature, as in life, not everything can be controlled. Mindy Mejia's gripping debut novel highlights the perils of captivity and the astonishing ways in which animals evolve....

Title : The Dragon Keeper
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ISBN : 9781618220134
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 286 Pages
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The Dragon Keeper Reviews

  • John Wood
    2018-10-21 07:54

    I finished this last night. One of the first and most remarkable charms of this remarkably readable book is the author managed to make me care deeply about a cold-blooded reptile (a komodo dragon) and a near-autistic zookeeper who cared about the reptile. This is a love story in the best sense of that word, one that convinces us to care about people and animals who are all too easy to ignore, even revile. This is not the sort of book I'd have picked up on my own (and I confess I did so initially because my publisher published it, and even so it would have been easy to duck reviewing, so I do so without any sense of obligation to review). In the end I was intrigued by the premise, and once I got going, I was carried along by a story that made me wonder how this dragon could be so appealing and then wondering how not and why I'd never seen one before and wanting to go and see one and find out more about them, and so on. In the end I was sad to leave the characters behind, wanting to begin the story all over again, and to me that's the best kind of book to read, one we want to stay within.Another wonder of this book is the way it takes the reader behinds the scenes at the zoo, the sorts of places I've always wanted to go but had no access to. As an anthropologist myself, I found the book, besides being a readable tale, a window into a culture -- zoo culture -- that I could only imagine before reading this.

  • Al
    2018-10-24 00:35

    Have you ever known someone who related to animals better than people? I’d bet most of us have. Meg Yancy, the protagonist of The Dragon Keeper, is one of those people. Meg has what for her is the perfect job, working as a Zoo Keeper at the fictional “Zoo of America,” (part of a complex the author has imagined in between the actual Mall of America and the Minnesota River, south of the Minneapolis airport). She works with animals, whom she understands and relates well to, and is able to minimize the need for interactions with people. That changes when events force her to deal with people in order to defend her animals.The Dragon Keeper has a story that, while classified as a thriller, where you’d expect a character to be at risk, is outside the norm, because the characters most in danger are the animals involved. Meg isn’t lacking in risks, but they aren’t of the life and limb variety. However, there is a lot more going on. A romantic sub-thread, an education about Komodo Dragons, and a subtext that speaks to preserving the environment and evolution, take this further outside of the typical thriller storyline and do so in a good way. Not only is this a fun read, but it’s not one of those books you feel like you’ve read before. Always a plus in my mind.**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **

  • Robin
    2018-11-03 23:45

    The strength of this book is the description and research into the care and history of the dragon. Unfortunately, the plot is highly predictable. The love scenes are a bit overdone and "school-girl" in my opinion. The main character is not at all likable to the extent that I just could not cheer for her. I'm really tired of these formulaic fiction novels - strong misunderstood woman fights the norm of what's expected of her, ditches old boyfriend, finds new boyfriend, ditches new boyfriend and is now a truly strong independent woman, who happily finds herself.

  • Debbie
    2018-10-29 07:51

    I received this as an ARC. Interesting story of a zoo keeper for a Komodo dragon that has become pregnant without having a male Komodo around. Of course the zoo keeper interacts better with the dragon than she does with humans. The story was well researched and enjoyable. I did not like some of the choices the main character made but that's ok. You don't have to like everything about a character to enjoy a story.

  • Gayle
    2018-10-22 01:41

    Meg is a zookeeper at the Zoo of America in Minnesota. She is the primary handler of a female Komodo Dragon that lays a clutch of eggs via parthenogenesis. This is her story.I absolutely loved this book! I love the fact that it was set in Minnesota......my home state. I could visualize exactly where the zoo was located. The interactions between the main character and her dragon were wonderful. Nicely written and full of information. I would highly encourage others to read this book.

  • Alanna
    2018-11-04 23:54

    Having worked at a Zoo myself, I found Mindy accurately depicted a Zoo's "behind the scene" setting. The conflict between doing what is best for the animals vs keeping an organization funded and thriving is the core struggle at every Zoo. Mindy captured this struggle effortlessly, as well as captured an authentic view on a keeper's passion, commitment, and interpersonal relationships within an organization. I hope all my Zoo friends read this and recommend it to others! Bravo Mindy Mejia!

  • Christina
    2018-10-27 05:42

    This is a heartwarming book. You can't help but to connect with Meg Yancy and fall in love with her. This book is a page turner that once you start reading you can't put down. I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

  • Amy
    2018-10-24 07:28

    This was fantastic! Such a good plot and I really connected with the characters. The writing made me feel like a part of the zoo and a friend of the characters. It should have been longer!

  • Audrey Ettinger
    2018-11-14 01:35

    Terrific eco-fiction novel. We assigned this book to four sections of an Honors First Year Seminar on four different topics (Science and Scientists in novels and films, The Outsider in Film and Fiction, Coming of Age in a Complex World, and Protest Drama), and it worked beautifully for each of us. Great characters, interesting plotline, carefully researched scientific content. The author, Mindy Mejia, came to our campus to talk to students and to give a public reading, and she was completely delightful. It was fascinating to learn about her inspiration for this novel, her background research, and how she thought about some of the characters and plot. I look forward to reading her other novel and short fiction!

  • Erin
    2018-11-20 00:39

    The main character was static and unlikable. I enjoy characters that aren't the "good guys", but Meg's awful attitude about life and disregard for the people around her makes this a hard book to read. There are also a lot of plot points that don't seem to happen naturally and only exist to move the plot along. This book can't decide if it wants to be about animal conservation or a bad romance triangle. Overall wouldn't recommend this to anyone.

  • Grace
    2018-11-15 01:47

    I had to read this book for class. However, I am extremely glad that my professor made me read this. This book is moving and is entertaining and emotional from the first page to the last. She is a great author!

  • El
    2018-10-28 07:57

    Wow. This book is incredible. I feel like I need to read it another few times for me to really understand all that Meg thinks throughout the book about zoos, captivity, and cages.

  • Rivkah
    2018-11-15 23:50

    This was the authors first novelHer next one is far superiorBut it was a good read

  • Genevieve Montcombroux
    2018-11-15 03:41

    The female protagonist is hard to really like.

  • YA and Wine
    2018-10-20 04:48

    The Dragon KeeperBook Review Mindy Mejia’s debut novel, The Dragon Keeper, is a heartwarming tale sure to captivate animal lovers and book enthusiasts alike. Meg Yancy is a hot-tempered woman much more likely to breathe fire than the Komodo Dragons in which she cares for. She works for the Zoo of America as the reptile keeper and has been given the daunting responsibility of caring for the zoo’s only Komodo Dragon, Jata. Meg and Jata form an uncommon bond, and when Jata lays a clutch of eggs that is not only special, but physically impossible, Meg is determined to do anything to protect her not only from the onslaught of media that surround her, but also from the scientists that yearn to dissect her. As Meg battles off reporters and zoo administrators, trying to ensure the safety and well being of Jata and her hatchlings, her world begins to crumble around her. Her relationship with Ben, her boyfriend of seven years, is deteriorating, her absentee father makes an unexpected appearance, and she can’t sort out her feelings for Antonio, the zoo’s overly-charming head veterinarian. Meg doesn’t know how much more she can take, but even more alarming, she doesn’t know how much more Jata can take. When the story begins, it seems the plot will be highly predictable. It is obvious that Meg and Antonio will begin a relationship, and it appears that Jata’s fate has already been carefully planned out, but Mejia surprises the reader with twists and turns that are not only unexpected but strangely satisfying. While Meg isn’t exactly a likable character, the way Mejia slowly unravels Meg’s secrets, jumping back and forth from past to present, makes her surly disposition not only understandable but also incredibly believable. Meg, in fact, describes herself quite aptly by saying, “Once there was a woman who didn’t like people very much, and her best friend was a dragon, a very special dragon …”. And Meg isn’t the only character with an impressive amount of depth in this story. Mejia handles the development of several of her characters with an admirable degree of skill. Ben, Antonio, even Chuck, Meg’s cantankerous boss, prove to have much more to them than the clichéd personas they appear to possess at the beginning of the novel. The amount of research Mejia undertook is apparent in the detailed descriptions of Jata’s habits and behaviors as well as the information given about the species in general. The way in which Mejia explains how the dragons interact with the human population that surrounds them and the manner in which they were originally transported to American zoos was remarkably eye opening. This book is perfect not only for those with a passion for animals, but also those looking for a fascinating read that is beyond the mainstream genres.

  • Jael
    2018-10-25 07:54

    I haven't owned an animal since I was 6 or 7 years old, I'm 30 now. And.....I haven't been to a zoo in about three or four years. Why does this matter? Because the latest book I read, The Dragon Keeper by Mindy Mejia, is all about a woman's attachment to an animal. Since I'm not around animals everyday, I personally don't understand the attachment people have to animals. But I was thoroughly engrossed in this character's determination to protect a Komodo dragon. Google these things, a Komodo dragon looks dangerous, but I came to feel sorry for one after reading this book.Read the rest of my review at: http://www.asiturnthepages.blogspot.c...

  • Kristi
    2018-10-28 23:46

    Anybody who cares for an animal as much as this protagonist does has to be good. She lacks good people skills but is single minded when it comes to caring for her charges at the Zoo of America.I like that this character is complex and fallible. She makes human mistakes and has a brittle shell to protect her very fragile underbelly, but we come to know her and care for her, as well as the Komodo dragon she is in charge of.It was a slow start with a wonderful ending. Stay with it. It will be worth it.

  • Mary Ann
    2018-11-17 23:52

    As a fan of Zoo's most of my life, an our Zoo recently acquiring a pair of Komodo dragons, I found this story interesting. I enjoyed the behind-the-scenes look at how the zookeepers and staff deal with the many issues that arise. Not to excuse Meg's behavior towards humans, I can kind of understand her attitude based on the kind of childhood she had.

  • Jenaya
    2018-11-04 04:44

    it was really good. I didn't like the end however, but that's just me

  • Evan Kingston
    2018-11-10 04:51

    A complicated protagonist drives this great novel. Lots of thought provoking thrills.