The Hatching

The Hatching

eBook - 2016
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"An apocalyptic extravaganza of doom and heroism...addictive." ? Publishers Weekly "It's been too long since someone reminded us that spiders are not just to be feared, but also may well spell doom for mankind. Fortunately, Ezekiel Boone has upped the ante on arachnophobia. This is a fresh take on classic horror, thoroughly enjoyable and guaranteed to leave your skin crawling." ?Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Wish Me Dead 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.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Atria/Emily Bestler Books, 2016.
ISBN: 9781501125065
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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If you have a problem with giant spiders that feast on human flesh, you may want to skip this one. But if you're braver than me, and don't mind constantly feeling like eight hairy legs are crawling up your belly, maybe keep some bug spray handy. You know, just in case.

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Aug 24, 2018

Just a fun scary read. Boone knows how to write a thriller and keeps the action/tension going quite well and rarely languishes. If you think spiders are creepy, this is the book that will send shivers up your spine. At the time I write this all three books in this trilogy have been publised, so books 2 and 3 will keep me company this weekend.

Aug 23, 2018

Bad horror pulp.

Nov 29, 2017

I don't ever read horror but I love spiders and this book was totally great. I have to throw it 5 stars because of the care taken to include a diverse cast of characters (including one who admonishes himself for his occasional sexism.) Plus, a couple of the characters are addicted to Diet Coke, so I found this book very relatable. Can't wait for the next one!

RobertELPL Oct 06, 2017

This was a good creature-horror story. Ran at a pretty fast-clip so it didn't take long to read, and the thrills were enough to keep me wanting to read more. I became really interested in the lore of the spiders and how they functioned and I hope that the second book goes deeper into it. The focus of the story was definitely on the uprising and horror of the spider invasion as the majority of the beginning chapters were all different people and different settings. It was a little difficult to feel for the characters, but you do end up rooting for some as the book progresses. Is this a completely unique plot? Not particularly. Is it still enjoyable? I would say "yes."

Apr 15, 2017

Complete by-the-numbers potboiler, with stock characters, stock threats and the beginner-writers stock, cheap ending "the characters think the threat is over/the monster dead/the aliens defeated BUT........... Lazy writing, lazy plot.

Dec 05, 2016

Fast paced, easy reading, thoroughly enjoyed!

Dec 04, 2016

A thrilling page- turner depicting a unique and horrifying existential threat to humanity. Certainly my favourite horror book of 2016. A apt description would be: "Arachnophobia" on steroids.

Nov 15, 2016

For more reviews, check out my blog- Clues and Reviews

The Hatching, by Canadian author Ezekiel Boone, follows groups of people, throughout the world, as they begin to make a gruesome discovery. An ancient species, which has been dormant for thousands of years, is now awake. And it is hungry. Hungry for flesh…

Ezekiel Boone writes an entertaining, fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat apocalyptic thriller with The Hatching. This isn’t your run of the mill apocalyptic thriller, this one is about spiders. I know. It sounds wacky; I wasn’t really sure how to feel about this when I picked up my copy. It was a completely different type of novel from what I normally read, but I actually really, really enjoyed this book. I am glad this is the first of a trilogy because I will for sure be wanting more.

The novel is narrated through multiple narrators, multiple POVs, and spanning over multiple countries. South America, Asia, and North America are all affected as an ancient species of arachnids beat their extinction and begin to take over. I loved this narrative style. Due to the narrative, this book has a whole lot of characters (an arachnologist, FBI agents, marines, the president- to name a few); this very well could have ended up being completely confusing, but Boone executes it in such a way that it just ends up adding continuous layers to the plot.

The entire time I was reading this novel, I kept thinking how good it would be as a movie. I don’t know if the movie or television rights have been discussed yet with this one, but I think it would be fantastic on the screen.

I, personally, did not find this book to be too scary, but then again, it’s only because I was feeling pretty confident throughout my reading that this would not be happening to me. I didn’t find the plot too plausible and that is okay by me because I don’t want to live in a world where man-eating spiders run rampant. But I did keep my fly swatter next to me as I read, just in case…

By the end of the novel, Boone does a fantastic job at tying together one big, eight-legged package and sets us up nicely for the sequel. I will absolutely be reading more from Boone- and lucky for me, I won’t need to wait too long. The next novel in this trilogy, Skitter, is published in May 2017!

I’d recommend this one, purely for the entertainment value, if for no other reason. If you are looking for a freak-your-freak, scare your pants off type of read, this probably won’t be it. But if you want something that will keep you entertained and on the edge of your seat, then pick this one up! And maybe some bug spray too….

rberardinelli Nov 10, 2016

This book was better than I expected. I loved its diverse cast of characters and the global reach of its plot. I'll definitely read the series as its published.

Oct 04, 2016

I was surprised to find that the book had no ending but now I see there will be a follow up so maybe everything is eventually explained. A weak point was large man eating spiders floating away on fine threads. Works with barely visible newly hatched spiders but not tarantula sized ones.

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