Published by Atria/Emily Bestler Books on 7.5.16
Genres: Creature Feature, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Psychological Horror, Thriller, Thrillers
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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.
SPIDERS! Lots of them! If the little bit of webbing on the cover didn’t register with you the word SPIDERS (!) should.
We’ve all seen videos of spider nests suddenly exploding with little baby spiders running all over the place. This book is NOTHING like that. Picture a big, pulsing, hot-to-the-touch egg sac erupting volcano-like with big, hairy and fast spiders. Are you shuddering yet? Yeah, me too.
The Hatching tells the story of an invasion of spiders. From the rain forest in Peru to Georgia, from India to China, there is no one and no place that is safe. Despite the international flavor of the story, the important characters here are mostly American and they’re well drawn. The main scientist, named Melanie, was a little too sexed up for my tastes, though if she were a male character, that probably wouldn’t bother me, so maybe this is a personal thing. The FBI agent, (who of course Melanie wants to get with as soon as this little spider thing is over), Mike Rich, comes across as a great guy. His family interactions -with his daughter, ex-wife and her new husband-rang true to me. He certainly seemed more mature and likable than Scientist Melanie. Lastly, I enjoyed the fact that the American president was a woman.
The telling of the story switches back and forth between the different characters and does it in short chapters, which makes for a quick read. The pacing took a little bit of a hit at first, what with the introductions of all the various characters. Once that was done, the pacing was excellent and everything flowed naturally towards an end that I should’ve seen coming, but I really didn’t. This book stands a bit above your regular creature feature novel-whereas those don’t usually take themselves too seriously, (think Night of the Crabs by Guy N. Smith), this book does. And because it took the spider threat seriously, so did I.
I hope that I don’t stay itchy the entire time I’m waiting for the next book to come out. Seriously, I’m hurting myself with all this scratching.
Highly recommended to fans of horror!
The Hatching goes on sale July 5, 2016. But you can pre-order at the link above right now.
*Thank you Net Galley and Atria/Emily Bestler Books for the e-ARC in exchange for my honest review. This is it!*
About Ezekiel Boone
I live in upstate New York with my wife and kids. Whenever I travel and say I’m from New York, people think I mean NYC, but we live about three hours north of New York City. Our house is five minutes outside of a university town. We’re far enough out of town that, at night, it’s dark.
Darker than that.
Dark enough that, if you’re not careful, you might fall off the small cliff at the edge of my 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 come to visit.
I’ve 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 me. Unless I’m making lunch. They pay attention to me then.
The Ezekiel Boone website is www.ezekielboone.com, but I’ve also got a nifty website for THE HATCHING at www.TheHatchingBook.com. It has a cool map and some other bells and whistles.
You can also follow me on Facebook or follow me on Instagram if you are so inclined and like the idea of occasionally seeing photos of my dogs.
If you’ve read this far, I should mention that THE HATCHING is Ezekiel Boone’s first book, but it’s not actually *my* first book. I also write under the name Alexi Zentner. Alexi Zentner’s books are pretty different from Ezekiel Boone’s.