by Ezekiel Boone
Series: The Hatching #3
Published by: Simon and Schuster
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?
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.Zero Day by Ezekiel Boone delivers a thrilling conclusion to the Hatching series. Click To Tweet
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