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….