by Ezekiel Boone
Series: The Hatching, #1
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Source: BEA, Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | B&N
An astonishingly inventive and terrifying debut horror novel about the emergence of an ancient race of carnivorous spiders, dormant for ten thousand years but now very much awake. There's a reason we're afraid of spiders...
A local guide is leading wealthy tourists through a forest in Peru when a strange, black, skittering mass engulfs him and most of the party. FBI Agent Mike Rich is on a routine stakeout in Minneapolis when he's suddenly called by the director himself to investigate a mysterious plane crash. A scientist studying earthquakes in India registers an unprecedented pattern in local seismic readings. The US president, her defence and national security advisers and her chief of staff are dumped into crisis mode when China "accidentally" drops a nuclear bomb on a desolate region of its own country. As such unsettling occurrences mount, the president's old friend (and her chief of staff's ex-wife), spider expert Melanie Guyer, receives a box at her lab at American University that contains an ancient egg unearthed at a South American dig.
So begins The Hatching, the hair-raising saga of a single week in which an ancient, frighteningly predatory species of spider re-emerges in force. When the unusual egg in Melanie Guyer's lab begins to vibrate and crack, she finds herself at the epicentre of this apocalyptic natural disaster. Working closely with her ex-husband and his very powerful boss, she has to find some way to stem the brutal tide of man-eating arachnids.
“There’s a reason we’re afraid of spiders”
Forget zombies! Spiders are going to rise and WE ALL GONNA DIE. The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone is the first novel in a new terrifying series. Turn the lights on, check for spiders and awaken your darkest fear.
Disclosure: I DO NOT LIKE BUGS. I don’t care if some are useful or that spiders eat other insects…if one comes near me I will scream and kill it if necessary or leave the vicinity.
My fears are deeply rooted and they began at the tender age of five. It was a bright summer morning and I burst out of bed eager to begin my day. Independent at an early age I reached in the closet grabbed a sundress and quickly whipped it over my head before heading down to breakfast. That is when the horror began….my dress started jumping, I could feel something crawling along my skin. It was trapped. I WAS TRAPPED!
*pants as heart races* You are probably asking yourself, “Why the heck are you reading The Hatching?” The answers are simple. The thrill of fear and those heart-pounding moments as you flip pages, swallowing your fear and wanting to flee. Simply put I am a tad twisted. Self-torture is a thing.
Five Terrifying Reasons to read The Hatching:
- It was refreshing to read an apocalyptic novel that does not involve Zombies. Sure, I love those slow-moving brain eaters and the fear of being bitten would have me hiding but this ancient race of CARNIVOROUS spiders that emerge are scary as F@ck. Think about it. How do you hide from spiders? Lock your doors and close your windows? Gulp. Spiders get in. We KNOW they get in! Now imagine a hoard of them. Go on; take a minute to digest that.
- The writing was intense and shared perspectives all over the world as this outbreak began. I started this late one Friday evening and sat up until its conclusion. Which by the way is only the beginning, as this story continues with SKITTER in 2017. The story has a fantastic flow to it, weaving back and forth between key characters, catastrophic events and terrifying attacks. Boone carefully weaved all the threads together creating suspense and fear in this addictive tale.
- The premise of this ancient race of CARNIVOROUS spiders was fascinating. Boone introduced American University professor and leading spider expert Dr. Melanie Guyer. She becomes involved when an ancient egg is shipped to her for study after being unearthed during a dig in South America. She is even more intrigued when it appears to vibrate and crack. Guyer, the ex-wife of the President’s Chief of Staff will be instrumental in sharing knowledge and terrifying theories about this predator.
- The Hatching unfolds in bits, introducing us to characters from FBI Agent Mike Rich in Minneapolis to scientists studying seismic activity for earthquakes. We follow the U.S. President and her closest advisors after China drops a nuclear bomb on its own country. The events take place over a single week creating a fast paced, edge of your seat read. IT WILL give you the heebie-jeebies. Boone terrifyingly describes the swarm of spiders and shares their acts. He brings us up close and personal with a few of those attacks providing graphic details from the perspective of eyewitnesses. Just when I thought, it could not get any more horrifying he reveals twists that will unleash a blood-curdling scream from the reader as the knowledge of these reveals are digested.
- The Hatching was engaging providing that rush of adrenaline that comes with an epic horror story and it is only the beginning. The ending of this tales comes with reveals that let the reader know the horror has only just begun. The Hatching would do well in theaters, but trust me when I tell you I will not be going. I might love to read horror stories but viewing them is another kind of crazy. Skitter the next book will release in May 2017.
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