Title: The Hatching
Author: Ezekiel Boone
Publication Date: Feb 9, 2017
I received a review copy from the publisher Gollancz. This does not affect my opinion in any way!
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.
I’m not a fan of Spiders but luckily I don’t have an irrational fear of them. Still, after reading this book, I find myself actively looking in corners and crevices for the creepy little buggers.
I loved that the story took its time to culminate. We get glimpses of events around the world which all seem to be disconnected except for the fact that they all involve some voracious spiders, almost apocalyptic in their hunger for human flesh and their flesh-eating capabilities heretofore unheard of. The sheer number and their swiftness in the pursuit of preying on humans sends shock waves of fear through the populace and have the world leaders scratching their heads and scrambling to put an end to them, even resorting in one case to nukes!
The fate of mankind seems to rest mostly on the part of recently divorced research scientist and a specialist of Spiders, Melanie whose ex-husband has direct ties to the current president of the US. She has to question what she thought she knew about Spiders and figure out how to stop them before it’s too late.
“…..So please, just tell me, Melanie, what’s the one thing these spiders are designed to do?”
” Feed,” Melanie said. ” they’re designed to feed.”
The Hatching read like a movie and I loved it! I read it basically in one sitting and was totally consumed with this creepy, terrifying story of Spiders hell-bent on eating their way through humankind. I felt it had the right amount of tension, angst-filled moments, shock-effect balanced with human emotions and relationships. The pacing was perfect and the terror felt by the populace was palpable. It was a bit incredulous at times where I found it hard to suspend my belief but it was all in all great fun.