Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Book Review: The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone

The Hatching
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.
Writing
Just to be clear, in case you couldn't tell from the cover, the ancient species, long dormant, is giant flesh eating spiders.  In a book about giant flesh eating spiders does the writing even matter?  My answer is no.  I do not care how cheesey you want to go in a horror novel about spiders.  Please.  Take this to every extreme you possibly can.  I am more than willing to go there with you.  That said, I really do think Boone does this as well as you possibly can do a horror novel about spiders.  The dialogue is largely believable, the characters feel at least somewhat real, people act in ways that people could possibly actually act in reality...it wasn't badly done at all.  I've read a lot of monster horror and this is some of the best in terms of writing.  I mean it's got it's cliche lines ("If we aren't overreacting then God help us all" is one of my favorites), but I'd be disappointed if that kind of line weren't in there.

Entertainment Value
I just can't emphasize enough how much I love a good monster story and one about spiders?  Please.  It's like it was written with me in mind.  I loved everything about it and absolutely devoured it.  It's got everything I look for in a monster story - compelling characters with intriguing back stories, but not too much back story and a real focus on the monster and the havoc it wreaks.

Overall
If you love a good monster story or if you love spiders (or if you hate spiders and like being deliciously creeped out) this is a great summer read.  It's the perfect blend of thriller and horror novel and the pace just doesn't let up throughout.  I had a blast reading it and immediately passed it on to friends.  And I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for all of Boone's future novels.

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy to review!

2 comments:

  1. As much as I like a good horror or bloody thriller I think I would feel like something was crawling on me. HA not sure I could handle this one Julie.

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