Skitter by Ezekiel Boone

May 2nd, 2017 kimbacaffeinate Review 28 Comments

2nd May
Skitter by Ezekiel Boone
Skitter
by Ezekiel Boone
Series: The Hatching #2
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Genres: Horror
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Tens of millions of people around the world are dead. Half of China is a nuclear wasteland. Mysterious flesh-eating spiders are marching through Los Angeles, Oslo, Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, and countless other cities. According to scientist Melanie Gruyer, however, the spider situation seems to be looking up. Yet in Japan, a giant, truck-sized, glowing egg sack gives a shocking preview of what is to come, even as survivors in Los Angeles panic and break the quarantine zone. Out in the desert, survivalists Gordo and Shotgun are trying to invent a spider super weapon, but it’s not clear if it’s too late, because President Stephanie Pilgrim has been forced to enact the plan of last resort: The Spanish Protocol. America, you are on your own.

apocalypse HORRIFIC thriller warning

Last year I shared my fear of spiders and my review of THE HATCHING book one in the Hatching trilogy. SKITTER by Ezekiel Boone is the second novel, and once again he takes us around the world as the second wave of spiders gets ready to emerged. Creepy and realistic this apocalyptic tale will leave you screaming.

The first wave of spiders mysteriously died but not before killing millions and leaving cocoons all over the world. While scientist scramble to determine what will happen next leaders from around the world, as well as individuals cut off from society, are devising plans to save civilization. Spiders are freakin’ scary, and Boone’s spiders brought to life all of my darkest fears.

While SKITTER wasn’t as fast-paced as its predecessor the HATCHING, it did a stellar job with the apocalyptic aspects of this tale. Some countries nuked entire areas, and here in the US, some military officials wanted to nuke LA and surrounding areas. It was intense.

There are key characters we follow; the President of the United States, Stephanie Pilgrim, her chief of staff, Guyer, and leading spider expert Dr. Melanie Guyer. We also get perspectives from Agent Mike Rich who has been on the ground since the first outbreak. I found myself more attached to these characters in SKITTER. The secondary characters like Shotgun, his husband Fred, Gordo, his wife Amy and their dog Claymore are survivalists located in Desperation. I laughed as boredom gave way to ingenuity.  Some of my favorite chapters are from those featuring Aonghas, his Vietnamese fiancé Thuy and Aonghas’s grandfather Padraig They are stranded on a remote island in the Outer Hebrides. While far removed from the spiders they do make an interesting discovery. Their thread provided a breather from the pulse-pounding terror that was unfolding.

While I loved the chills, thrills and action scenes with spiders what I found truly fascinating was how government officials handled things. Some ideas were irrational, perhaps driven by fear and others almost succeeded. President Pilgrim goes head to head with her advisors before they enact The Spanish Protocol. You’ll have to read the novel to find out what that entails.

Boone gives us perspectives from individuals, like the Preacher, and those of people just trying to get home. By sharing different points of view in each chapter, he gives us a panoramic view of this apocalyptic disaster from how quickly it spreads to our reactions.

The mystery of these spiders and the way in which they act and evolve sent shivers down my spine. We fear them for a reason, people!! So many brave individuals that crawled into caves touched cocoons and shared what they found all brought the horror to life while raising the suspense level. The synopsis shares that in Japan, a giant, truck-sized, glowing egg sack is found and let me tell you…WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!

OMG! Boone knows how to terrify his readers from the horrific descriptions to the build up of what is to come. With every discovery our characters make and each decision something new unfolds. While SKITTER suffered a little from second book syndrome, it did leave me screaming for book three.

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About Ezekiel Boone

Ezekiel Boone

Ezekiel Boone lives in upstate New York with his wife and kids. Whenever he travel sand says, “I’m from New York,” people think he means NYC, but he lives about three hours north of New York City. His home is five minutes outside of a university town. Far enough out of town that, at night, it’s dark. No. Darker than that. Dark enough that, if you’re not careful, you might fall off the small cliff at the edge of his property. If you’re lucky, the water will be up enough to break your fall. If you’re not lucky, please sign a waiver before you visit.  He’s got two unruly dogs who are mostly friendly. Well, that’s not true. The part about them being unruly is true, but one of them is the most friendly dog you’ve ever met, and the other dog … isn’t. They are good writing partners, though they spend a lot of their day curled up in front of the wood burning stove and ignoring him. Unless he’s making lunch. They pay attention to him then.

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28 Responses to “Skitter by Ezekiel Boone”

  1. La La in the Library

    I had a feeling you were going to make me jump with a spider gif on this review, so I was ready for the first one, but the second one got me. You win! I still have to read The Hatching. Thanks for sharing your review. 🙂
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