Title: The Hatching
Author: Ezekiel Boone
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Publish Date: July 5, 2016
Series: The Hatching #1
My Rating: 4/5
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.
In places all over the world (Peru, China, India, and the United States) something is happening. In all of these locations, and all at the same time, an ancient species of spiders is awakening. And it’s not good for humans.
Warning: If you’re afraid of spiders, The Hatching might not be the best book for you.
The novel opens with a small group of people touring a national park in Peru. As you would guess with a horror novel, things go horribly wrong. In India, scientists are getting strange readings on their earthquake monitoring equipment. Meanwhile, something is happening in the mines of a small town in China. The United States is becoming aware of issues in other areas of the world, and they need to protect themselves.
The book hops between stories of what is happening in the different places. Most chapters are focused on the United States, with multiple stories happening there. A variety of characters are involved in those chapters, including the President, a biology professor, an FBI agent, a few Marines, and a group of survivalists.
A lot is happening in the book, and I was more interested in some stories more than others. My favorite character/storyline was the biology professor. She was one of the better developed characters, plus I enjoyed her spider expertise.
I enjoyed the writing, making it an easy read. It’s not a long book (334 pages), so I was able to read it in two days. There was plenty of action and I was curious as to what was going to happen next. The book does present different perspectives, but I didn’t think it was done in a confusing way. Also, I liked that it was a global event and not isolated to one area.
This book ends on a cliffhanger. I checked this book out through interlibrary loan at my local library, and was not too keen on waiting on another interlibrary loan to get the second book in the trilogy. Luckily, when I checked Amazon, the Kindle version of Skitter, the second book in the trilogy, was on sale for $1.99. I went ahead and purchased the second book because I’m curious to see where the story goes. The third book is planned for a 2018 release.