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An astonishingly inventive and terrifying debut novel about the emergence of an ancient species, dormant for over a thousand years, and now on the march.
Deep in the jungle of Peru, where so much remains unknown, a black, skittering mass devours an American tourist whole. Thousands of miles away, an FBI agent investigates a fatal plane crash in Minneapolis and makes a gruesome discovery. Unusual seismic patterns register in a Kanpur, India earthquake lab, confounding the scientists there. During the same week, the Chinese government “accidentally” drops a nuclear bomb in an isolated region of its own country. As these incidents begin to sweep the globe, a mysterious package from South America arrives at a Washington, D.C. laboratory. Something wants out.
The world is on the brink of an apocalyptic disaster. An ancient species, long dormant, is now very much awake.
So it’s like this: I didn’t know this book was going to be about spiders. Why didn’t I notice the scary webs on the cover you ask? Well… I was distracted by the idea of reading a new horror book on the beach. Don’t judge. There is a huge part of me that wants to write a review that says “It’s about spiders” and that’s all. However, this book deserves better.
The Hatching was terrifying, but it was also funny and well written. Though the book contains a large character base, the transition between storylines is smooth and easy to follow. The Hatching is Ezekiel Boone‘s first novel but flows with the grace of a seasoned pro.
The characters themselves are well developed and enjoyable. Boone wrote the book effectively, causing proper emotional responses at appropriate events. Despite the total creep factor while reading, the book was impossible to put down.
On a personal note, if you happen to be suffering the same ant issues that I am this summer, find somewhere to read this book where you won’t end up getting surprised by an ant crawling on you. Not that I screamed and ran or anything…
So, would I recommend this one? Absolutely. If you’re a fellow arachnophobe then you’ll be scared the moment you start reading; the fantastic writing is just a bonus. I also thoroughly enjoyed the references to the Nazca Lines in Peru.
The scariest part of this book is easily the fact that the follow-up, Skitter , doesn’t come out until May 2017. That being said, I enjoyed it so much that I’m tempted to preorder it now.
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