Review of The Hatching

Posted July 14, 2016 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 10 Comments

Review of The Hatching

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Hatching: A Novel by Ezekiel Boone
Genres: Horror, Thriller
Published by Atria/Emily Bestler Books on July 5th 2016
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

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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.

First Line


Outside Manu National Park, Peru

The guide wanted to tell the group of Americans to shut up. Of course they weren’t seeing any animals: their constant complaining was driving them away.

What I thought of this book

Freaking flesh eating spiders!!! Gah, that part was so creepy! It gave me the willies. If your not a spider fan then you might not want to read this book.

From the Jungles of Peru to the United States an outbreak of killer spiders is taking over the world. Ancient spiders some are breeders and some are feeders and they are all very creepy. Nobody knows what to do, not even the scientist who studies spiders. It’s a breed nobody knows about.

Think about those nasty bugs from The Mummy movies…just thinking about it makes me get chills. Blah.

The Hatching is not a book easily described because it jumps around all over the place, it takes you from Peru, to the US, to India, to Scotland, to China, etc. Some of those places is so you can get a feel for a few of the main players in this book but really I don’t feel like there is any main characters. It’s a group from different places trying to figure things out, some are just there to get ate. Reminds me a lot of a syfy Apocalypse movie in book form.

While I did like this book (but not as much as most my blogging friends) and it read really fast I am just not a fan of country hoping, as I would get confused. It would take me a moment to remember who was in that country and what was going on. I know it’s really the only way to make a book like this and I am really curious to see what happens in the next book, Skitters.  It doesn’t leave you with a cliffy necessarily but you do want to know what is going to happen next. Who is going to survive, who is going to die.

I didn’t find it scary, but very creepy. I mean anything with killer spiders is just seriously creepy! If you like horror books, or Apocalypse type books then you need to read this one. You will probably enjoy it. 🙂

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10 responses to “Review of The Hatching

  1. I can see what you are saying. If the complete story was told, I think you may have enjoyed it more. It needs Book II, but I was so creeped out because I hate spiders, that I LOVED it. I can hardly wait to get my hands on Skitters…Oooo just the name gives me the heebie jeebies.

    • Stormi

      Yeah, I am just not a jump all over the country fan but other than that I enjoyed it and can’t wait see what happens in Skitters. 🙂

  2. This sounds all kinds of creepy. I’m not afraid of spiders but mass quantities would probably make me a little nervous. I can see where the country hopping would get confusing. This may work better in print for me as it’s easier to page back if I need a reminder of where I am!

    • Stormi

      I do think it’s worth reading, so if you like creepy, give you willie reads then you should try it. Print might work better. 🙂

    • Stormi

      Yeah, it was very creepy…lol. I would have had a harder time with it if it was snakes as I don’t do snakes but spiders were bad enough…lol.

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