‘Skitter’ Ezekiel Boone

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Tens of millions of people around the world are dead. Half of China is a nuclear wasteland. Mysterious flesh-eating spiders are marching through Los Angeles, Oslo, Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, and countless other cities. According to scientist Melanie Gruyer, however, the spider situation seems to be looking up.

Yet in Japan, a giant, truck-sized, glowing egg sack is discovered, even as survivors in Los Angeles panic and break the quarantine zone. Out in the desert, survivalists Gordo and Shotgun are trying to invent a weapon to defeat the spiders. But even if they succeed it may be too late, because President Stephanie Pilgrim has been forced to enact the plan of last resort: The Spanish Protocol.

Every country must fight for itself. And the spiders are on the move…

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Before I begin this review, I would like you to all take a moment to give me a round of applause. “Why should we do that?” I hear you cry, your voices laced with a mixture of confusion and awe as you gaze upon the opening lines of what promises to be another top notch, stellar review.

Well, you see, my adoring fans, I managed to get through this entire book without any spider-related nightmares. I know, I know. You don’t have to say it; it’s a pretty impressive feat…although the spiders inhabiting the pages of Skitter did make me extremely paranoid about a moth who decided to crash in my room for a couple of nights this past week. This moth was massive. Like, size of a small bird massive (like, a really small bird, but a bird nonetheless)…and, surprise surprise, it would only rear its creepy, giant-eyed, dust covered face in the dead of night. Naturally, the combination of reading Skitter but hours before and my overly active imagination resulted in my first concern genuinely being “But what if it burrows into my skin and lays eggs inside me?” I had visions of, say, being on the bus and concerned passengers looking to my shuddering, retching form. In this vision, I’d look up, a single tear trickling down my cheek as a I mouthed a final apology before vomiting a swarm of giant moths that would engulf the bus in a torrent of screams and flapping wings and –

– I should probably crack on with this review, shouldn’t I?

So, Skitter is the follow up to The Hatching (the review of which you can check out here) and it’s absolutely bloody fantastic for reasons which I’m about to explain.

After the demise of the first wave of spiders, Dr Melanie Guyer predicts that it’s only a matter of time before the second wave hatches (either from creepy vibrating egg sacs, or the stomachs of poor, unsuspecting hosts). If we – characters and readers alike – thought the first wave was horrific, they’re nothing compared to the second wave (well, not quite nothing, but, well, a smidgen less terrifying maybe? Like 0.01% of a smidgen?). I liked the differentiation between the two strains of spiders. Despite this being an eventual trilogy, Ezekiel is managing to keep the horror fresh. There wasn’t a single moment throughout my reading of Skitter where I thought “Oh yeah, but someone was killed like that in The Hatching.” There’s hand-over-mouth-and-eyes-widening-in-horror moments aplenty in this book.

Skitter gives us a chance to catch up with the cast of characters we were first introduced to in The Hatching but, not only that, it adds a very human touch to the overall narrative. In my review for The Hatching, I talked about the chapters from the unnamed characters’ perspectives and how I found these effective; the anonymity of these characters meant that they could be anyone. They could have been me or you, our best friends or parents, our colleagues or neighbours, which I felt increased the realism for the reader. This form of narrative is carried over into Skitter, but I felt it made more of an impact. Some of the chapters are perhaps half a page long – a mere breath in time – but the weight of emotion contained within those few words are beyond comprehension. Some of the moments captured – for example, the couple in Chicago towards the end of the book – are heartrendingly intimate and so very real. The Hatching has a somewhat comedic element to it, while Skitter focuses more on the human tragedies resulting from the invasion of these ancient spiders.

I enjoyed The Hatching and I enjoyed Skitter even more. Needless to say, I’m extremely excited for the final book, Zero Day, which is due to be published in February 2018!

Rating: 5 out of 5

Song: Shelob’s Lair from the The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King’s soundtrack.

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

 

 

 

15 thoughts on “‘Skitter’ Ezekiel Boone

    1. I know, right!? And they end on cliffhangers too! The thing coming down the stairs towards the end of ‘Skitter’…I can imagine what it is, but I want to know and now I have to wait until February 😛
      I guess you’re right 😛 I think the only similarities are their creepiness 😛

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    1. By the time the next book is published, I’m probably gonna have to read the first two to get back on track! It’s almost a year away! I’m not accustomed to reading books that are fresh off the printing press 😦 I don’t like waiting!

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  1. Well, if the second one is this good, I just might have to start reading them. They seem like they’d be a fun scare. Maybe I’ll trick my wife into letting me read them out loud to her, just for kicks.
    BTW, I totally had a spider crawl into my ear about a month ago. It was horrifying. I was asleep, I felt a tickle on the side of my face, I went to brush it away, and whatever it was (I’m just assuming spider) raced into my ear. I. Freaked. Out. But I’m pretty sure I managed to extract it.

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    1. And that horrific encounter is exactly why I sleep with my head under my duvet 😛 That’s awful! It’s a good job you don’t live in the Amazon or anything. You hear stories of people having tropical spiders lay eggs in their ears! Eugh. Doesn’t bear thinking about! I’m glad you successfully extracted it (you think anyway :P)
      I take it your wife is scared of spiders? 😛 Definitely not one for arachnophobes!

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    1. Hmm perhaps best not to 😛 I’m not so bad with spoilers these days but plot info from the first book might become apparent! 😛
      I’m terrified of spiders too. I get night terrors about them sometimes and the first book induced a pretty terrifying nightmare. It’s an unusual take on the usual stereotypical apocalyptic novel, though. A very good read! ❤

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      1. I will definitely keep it on the list! I am petrified of them and my son has declared our home a no kill zone so i always run screaming and he grabs a cup and paper to come capture and release them 😂😂😂

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  2. I love how vivid your imagination is 😀 Gave me the creeps anyway, that bus scene 😀

    While I was quite ready to tackle book #1, book #2 sounds like it would actually make me gag… great review, my mind defo started running wild!
    I think it’s best if I wait until the third book is out as well because I totally hate waiting, too… and I know it’s not really supportive to the author but hey, I’m spreading them book purchases out 😀 Plus it also means, I can mentally prepare myself for the series a little longer…

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    1. To be honest, I’m sometimes seriously disturbed by how vivid my imagination is 😛
      That’s actually a really good idea 😛 This is only the second time I’ve had to wait for a sequel to be released and I have to say, it’s painful. Each of these books has ended on such a cliffhanger! I’m going to be pondering all the potential outcomes until February 😛 So I think you’ve definitely got the right idea 😛

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