The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone (Book Review)

The Hatching, debut novel from writer Ezekiel Boone is a horrifyingly creepy, skin-crawling tale of apocalyptic proportions that will have you terrified of anything you see scuttling around on eight hairy black legs.

The book begins with a hiking expedition in Manú National Park, Peru, where a swarm of spiders attack a rich businessman and his associates. These scary, human flesh eating carnivorous beasts bury themselves in the body of Bill Henderson as he flees from the carnage, unwittingly transporting the deadly arachnid back across the border to North America.

Meanwhile, Peru is not the only place that this new, never before encountered species has hatched into existence, as it soon becomes clear that swarms of spiders are being spotted all over the globe. From Peru, to China, India and even the most remote of Scottish Islands are soon overrun by the black poisonous beasties, in a worldwide epidemic of devastating proportions.

But when the masses of spiders seem to suddenly die out, people mistakenly begin to think that the threat is over. Surely we can’t possibly be THAT lucky?

 

The Hatching is not for those unlucky enough to suffer from arachnophobia, or a squeamish disposition towards insects or any other creepy-crawly things.

Ezekiel Boone fills his novel with a large number of different characters, many of whom serve only to signify the global extent of the crisis rather than to play any real importance in the narrative, and as such it can be difficult to keep track of the wide variety of characters and locations.

While I understand the purpose behind it, I can’t help but feel that it may have been more beneficial to stick with a smaller number of characters scattered across a few major locations. While I enjoy seeing my home country, Scotland being mentioned in a novel, I don’t feel that the short snippets of dialogue bring much of any real importance to the novel, other than to convey the fear of isolation during such a terrifying event.

The Hatching is also another novel that leaves the reader very unfulfilled as the ending paves the way for its sequel, Skitter. However, at 4 out of 5 stars, it remains a highly recommended thrill ride through fear and the true night-time terror of all things that skitter around in the dark, as an ancient species reawakens.

 

Favourite Quotes:

“Own your mistakes and move on, or pack your shit and get out.” – A Henderson Tech company mantra. (p77)

 

‘He sneezed. He saw a fine spray of blood coat the wall. Snot dripped from his nose. It felt like something was skittering around in there, and when he wiped at it, he realised something was skittering out of his nose. He felt the hairy, hard leg and pulled it. Holy fucking shit. It was a spider. He just pulled a fucking spider out of his nose.’ – (p81)

 

‘Mike started to reach for his gun, but he quickly realised that shooting a spider might be overkill.’ – (p100)

 

“You think because you kill one spider in your bathroom that there aren’t others hiding somewhere else in your house?” – Melanie Guyer. (p266)

 

See Also:

The Hatching: Book 2 – Skitter

The Hatching: Book 3 – Zero Day

The Mansion

Author: Sarah

I review science fiction, fantasy and horror novels.

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