Zero Day A Novel by Ezekiel Boone

February 27th, 2018 Kimberly Review 50 Comments

27th Feb
Zero Day A Novel by Ezekiel Boone
Zero Day
by Ezekiel Boone
Series: The Hatching #3
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Genres: Horror
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne Star

In the finale of Ezekiel Boone’s Hatching series, the United States goes to war against the queen spiders that threaten to overtake the human race forever.

The world is on the brink of apocalypse. Zero Day has come.

The only thing more terrifying than millions of spiders is the realization that those spiders work as one. But among the government, there is dissent: do we try to kill all of the spiders, or do we gamble on Professor Guyer’s theory that we need to kill only the queens?

For President Stephanie Pilgrim, it’s an easy answer. She’s gone as far as she can—more than two dozen American cities hit with tactical nukes, the country torn asunder—and the only answer is to believe in Professor Guyer. Unfortunately, Ben Broussard and the military men who follow him don’t agree, and Pilgrim, Guyer, and the loyal members of the government have to flee, leaving the question: what’s more dangerous, the spiders or ourselves?

Book Series freaky HORRIFIC

Zero Day by Ezekiel Boone is the final book in the Hatching series. The series has taken us through an apocalyptic disaster involving spiders. Told from multiple perspectives from around the world, we get the third-person POV accounts of man’s reactions and attempts to survive. While we didn’t get as much time with the eight-legged monsters, Boone delivered an intense climax despite the lack of wow-factor for me.


In this final book, we witness denial, survival, and plots to overrule the President. Boone continues to update us on specific groups around the world by switching POVs with each chapter. The results deliver a movie feel as events unfold and we witness man’s attempts at survival. Throughout the series, Boone highlights the good, the bad and the fears of the people.

For me, the strongest storylines were those surrounding the President of the United States and the revolts in her own cabinet on how to handle the dilemma at hand. Boone made it all feel very surreal from protocol to prejudices. They are running against the clock as the head of the military attempts to overpower the president and nuke three-fourths of the United States.

This leads us to my second favorite narratives, those of the scientists and geeks who try to understand the spider’s next move and work to save us all.

All of the narratives work to give us a clear picture of events, human conditions and both our collective and individual responses to catastrophe. Sometimes though the changing povs stimy the suspense and nail-biting I enjoyed in the previous books. Don’t get me wrong we still get creepy crawlies but for a final book, I wanted more.

Boone even treats us to the perspective of a few spiders which only added to the well-developed worldbuilding surrounding them. He created the perfect blend of scientific jargon and suspense to make the Hatching series feel gorydamn plausible.

I was a little surprised that the spiders weren’t as present. Oh, sure we get some pretty horrific and terrifying scenes, especially towards the end. The reason for this is that the timeline occurs between the second and impending third wave of spiders. I loved the breakdown of these waves of spiders. It was terrifying.

For fans of horror, human survival and post-apocalyptic settings the books in this series deliver a fast-paced, creeptastic thrill. While not the nail-biting ending I was hoping for, Zero Day wraps up well and man will live to battle another day.

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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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50 Responses to “Zero Day A Novel by Ezekiel Boone”

    • Kimberly

      I still totally recommend it. My expectations were huge, and I just wanted more fear factor for the finale. Having said that I don’t regret reading the trilogy at all.

  1. Vanessa

    When I saw the moving spider picture, I creep out. I really hate spiders, haha, I think the only spider I don’t hate is Spiderman hihi. Haven’t tried this series and anything from the author yet but I am loving the idea of this one. It’s different than my usual apocalypse stories.

  2. Heidi

    I Read the first one but I was put off by the mutiple view points. Still it was an interesting and creepy read, I am considering finishing the series…..

  3. sherry fundin

    Oh man, I want this one. I didn’t go after it for review because I am having cataract surgery and doing some traveling in the next couple months, so I am trying to back off review books, other than some authors I just can’t say no to. Hope the library will have it later in the year and I’ll go after it. Glad it had a good ending.

    And that spider LOVE/HATE it. LOL

  4. Stefanie

    OMGoodness! Queen spiders? How’d you keep from getting the heebie-jeebies? I don’t mind spiders outside but never in the house.
    I enjoyed The Selection but am in no rush to read more of the series. And I agree with you, being able to knit while listening to an audibook is the best. That’s how I nailed so many books last year b/c of the multi-tasking.

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