‘The Hatching’ Ezekiel Boone

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Deep in the jungle of Peru, a black, skittering mass devours an American tourist party whole. FBI agent Mike Rich investigates a fatal plane crash in Minneapolis and makes a gruesome discovery. Unusual seismic patterns register in a Indian earthquake lab, confounding the scientists there. The Chinese government “accidentally” drops a nuclear bomb in an isolated region of its own country. The first female president of the United States is summoned to an emergency briefing. And all of these events are connected.

As panic begins to sweep the globe, a mysterious package from South America arrives at Melanie Guyer’s Washington laboratory. The unusual egg inside begins to crack. Something is spreading…
The world is on the brink of an apocalyptic disaster. An virulent ancient species, long dormant, is now very much awake. But this is only the beginning of our end…

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I wasn’t 100% sure whether it was a wise idea for me to read this or not since I’m an arachnophobic who frequently has night terrors involving spiders…but I did anyway and despite having two spider-themed nightmares following bedtime reading of The Hatching, I have to say that I don’t really know where to begin with this review because I enjoyed this book so much!

Hmmm…so I’ll begin with the awesome characterization within this novel since this is one of the first things, aside from the horror element, that really jumped out at me. There are so many characters who break the gender stereotypes so often found in literature. There’s Lance Corporal Kim Bock, a Marine who finds herself leading her team into the midst of an unimaginable horror when the spiders finally reach the US. We’re introduced to Professor Melanie Guyer in chapter three, a world-renowned scientist specializing in spiders, who I instantly fell in love with when she agreed that cicadas are actually really creepy (so extra brownie points for her on that! I’d never been so grateful to be a Brit until I encountered my first cicada in the land of the rising sun. Seriously, they’re like red-eyed miniature demons who sit in trees screaming until you walk beneath them, at which point they dive bomb you *shudder*).

And, of course, there’s the first female president, Stephanie Pilgrim, a foul-mouthed, dry-humored badass of a woman.

There are so many strong female protagonists within The Hatching and I found them to be a breath of fresh air in a genre so often populated with macho male leads.

The narrative shifts from chapter to chapter; there are named characters who we continually check in with throughout the course of the book, and then there are shorter chapters from the perspectives of unnamed, seemingly irrelevant characters. However, I think these characters are far from just filler material. The fact that they’re unnamed demonstrates the fact that they’re interchangeable, that they could be anyone. They could be you and me, they could be our co-workers or friends, mothers or fathers etc. For me, the universality of this book is what truly makes it terrifying. It’s human nature to think ourselves separate from the woes of others. We think “It’ll never happen to me.” but The Hatching demonstrates that we’re all just human and that we’re all susceptible to the same terrible fates prevalent within the horror genre.

I’m not much of a sciencey (it’s a word, okay?) person, but one of the many things I really enjoyed about this book is how believable it is. Obviously, the species of spiders at the helm of all the chaos don’t actually exist (we hope), but Professor Melanie Guyer’s dialogue has been written in such a way that when she spoke of facts, statistics and research, I found myself believing wholeheartedly in her words. A horror novel about hoards of killer spiders sounds kinda ridiculous as a premise, but Ezekiel Boone has executed the plot in such a fantastic way. The sheer effort that has been put into crafting a realistic world that is faced with a global attack like no other is astounding and allows a reader to be completely and utterly immersed in the blood-curdling, skin-crawling events of this book.

Is this book terrifying? Fuck yes. A lot of the terror lies in the universal nature of it that I mentioned before. Sure, books about monsters, ghosts and ghouls are scary, but c’mon, how often do we actually experience these things on a daily basis? A true horror is born when something ordinary, something commonplace – a spider, for example – is morphed in something quite other. When the world we thought we knew turns on us, where do we run?

Rating: 5 out of 5

Song: Michael Bublé’s I’ve got you under my skin 

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This book is available on Amazon in e-reader and paperback format.

16 thoughts on “‘The Hatching’ Ezekiel Boone

  1. Well, you’ve only just got back from holiday and yet you’ve written and posted a review for a book you read on the holiday! Sigh, I’ll go sit in the corner of shame for my lack of reviews!😂

    Great review, really glad you enjoyed the book and yeah, it’s crazy but it is totally believable that on some scale it could happen! Really elaborate review too, I went down the fun route with mine and you’ve wrote an eloquent piece of well worded articulate prose!😀

    Yuck at the song choice though and lack of Spider gifs!🙁

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    1. I’ve had this review brewing in my head for days now. I even put sticky notes all over my book so I had to get it out my system onto my blog 😛 I’m not normally this productive, I swear!
      We’re simply demonstrating that there’s two different yet equally awesome methods of writing reviews 😀 But thank you! I found the whole nameless characters thing really interesting, so I wanted to explore it a bit in my review. Perhaps I’m reading too much into it, but I thought it was really effective!
      Also, I cannot emphasise how much I’m not a Buble fan but I thought the cheery nature of a song of this title compared with the horrific nature of certain scenes pretty funny 😛

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  2. Hahaha, great song choice for the review!
    Since Drew reviewed this one and the sequel I have been wanting to read these books, even though I’m terrified of spiders as well… nothing worse than the big buggers who get indoors come autumn… but… what I’ve heard about the book, and now going by your fantastic review, I think I just need to dive in and read it. I may be scratching myself red (I always get itchy thinking about them critters) but I don’t want to miss out on the good stuff 😀

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    1. Conkers and flea spray!
      They’ll help in the autumnal war against our eight legged foes! We used to have a cat and it was only when we flea sprayed the carpet that we noticed they weren’t appearing so often. I know there’s only a small handful of species that are actually poisonous, but they’re soooo creepy! The way they’re there one second and then gone when you blink is so unnerving!
      I’ll be interested to see what you think 😀 Maybe if you read it, we could buddy read the sequel!

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      1. OK.. I actually had to google conkers! 😀 Didn’t know they were called that … LOL… how do conkers help?
        I used to love collecting conkers and sticking matches into them to make little humans and animals … 😀

        But you’re right- they are creepy even though not harmful… I remember one year sitting on the couch, watching TV in the dim light. Next thing out of the corner of my eye there’s this humongous hairy mental big spider heading towards my resting hand… boy did I freak! 😀 I used to ask my husband to get rid of them, but it took an emotional toll out of him killing harmless things.. he apologized to the Universe every time.. so now I have to just do it myself. I usually send a boot flying at them… and in the past have used deodorant method.. granted, the deodorant once made the house smell like a dingy bar, but it worked… make em weak and strike! God, I sound like a psycho!

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      2. What do you call them? 😛 I’m not sure how they help, but they do work! Maybe it’s something to do with the smell? That’s so sweet, though! People never did anything that cute. They got banned in our schools because people would attach them to string and turn them into weapons!
        Eugh it’s horrible when they creep on you like that! What did you do!? You would have HATED one of my uni flats. It was spider city and they were genetically mutated or something so they were MASSIVE! I’m like your husband in that I feel guilty killing them but I get so conflicted because I daren’t get close enough to them to do much else! I agree with you, though, the deodrant method is pretty effective! Although I once sprayed one in said uni flat and when I returned to the room with my kitchen roll a minute later…it was gone!

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      3. I only knew conkers as chestnuts… they’re probably different though… but well, I’ve learned a new word again, so win! 😀
        Ugh- really? use them as weapons? What a way to ruin childhood nostalgia!

        when I saw that big massive hairy creeper I recall jumping up, screaming and scaring the bejeebus out of hubby… and then he wanted to put it in a jar and take it outside and I was like- hell no, because it’s going to come back in… so I think I threw a shoe at it… gosh, I’ve had so many spider hunting episodes… once I was stuck on top of the bed because this big one was going around the room and my housemate just stood at the door at laughed at me… but I was reading a big fat book at the time so splat! it was the size of a matchbox, even took a picture… needless to say, super paranoid still going to bed that night… 😀 I think their speed and elusiveness is the worst!

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      4. Oh my god, I’ve had a bedroom spider incident too! They’re the absolute worst, aren’t they? You’re scared that if you go to sleep and let down your guard, one might crawl in your mouth! I had one – it was so big you could see its eyes and the hairs on its legs! – in my bedroom and once my housemate had put a glass over it and taken it outside, I set up an airbed in the lounge just in case it had left its kids in my room or something!

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  3. Weren’t you just so mad that it ended so quickly? I was so frustrated because I liked it so much and then all of a sudden it was finished! The second one is just as good and thankfully a bit longer!

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  4. I’d never even heard of this book until I saw your post. I’m extremely arachnophobic so this is a big nope for me, but the fact that I actually entertained the idea of reading it is a testament to your review! =D

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    1. Aww thank you! That’s so lovely of you to say 😀 Yes, definitely one to avoid if you’re an arachnophobic! There are some rather horrific, nightmare-inducing scenes it!

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