Mindy Mejia’s debut novel, “The Dragon Keeper” is a rare combination of suspense and eloquence.
Factually precise and educational—providing scientific theory and research—while also creatively drawing on the moral issues that surround said research, Mejia has managed to produce a story that will leave the reader questioning everything they thought they knew about the animals held captive in zoos, and even more about the individuals whose duty it is to care for them.
For me, Mejia has managed to write a love story in its purest form. That which reminds us of the lengths we would go to in order to keep our love out of harm’s way, even if we have to sacrifice ourselves to do it.
The word that kept creeping to mind as I breezed through the story was morality. And I am grateful for Mejia’s inquisitive eye and finely honed skill, for it is because of writers like her that more readers may begin to question their own roles in the lives of the animals that are poorly and inaccurately thought to be “theirs.”
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