{Review} The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone

The Hatching

by Ezekiel Boone
Published July 2016
Goodreads: See here
Horror / Apocalyptic Thriller
Pages: 352

Synopsis at a Glance:

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.


“You think because you kill one spider in your bathroom, that there aren’t others hiding somewhere in your house?”

What is it about spiders that strikes fear in so many people? Is it the legs, or their hairy bodies, or their ability to attack with a sneaky drop-shot from a hidden web in a corner or on a ceiling? I think it’s probably a bit of all of the above for me. Ever since I was a kid and a large wolf spider ended up hitching a ride on my sweater in my parent’s woodshed, I’ve been pretty much terrified of them.

It was with complete trepidation that I even picked this book up at all, but I said I wanted a few scary reads for October, and Ezekiel Boone’s novel definitely fits the bill.

Boone builds off of all that we as human beings find so unnerving about spiders in the first place and cranks it up to an eleven in this apocalyptic thriller where the end comes not in meteor strikes or volcanic explosions, but in waves of black-bodied, carnivorous spiders that are hungry for human blood. 

One great thing about this novel is the way Boone subverts your expectations when it comes to the spiders. There were a few disturbing revelations about the way these spiders work that left me seriously grossed out and looking over my shoulder while I was reading for any sort of creepy crawlies that might have been trying to invade my bubble. Lord knows I’ll be giving any spiders I come across in my house an even wider berth for awhile after reading this book!

Told in short and alternating POV chapters, Boone uses the viewpoints of connected characters across the globe to give his readers a front row seat at the start of the pandemic as things quickly move from bad, to worse, to horrifying. I could easily envision this story being translated into a blockbuster format. The only problem I had with it is that it the ending sort of lands with a thud as Boone implies that the worst is yet to come. It’s almost like watching the first 50 minutes of a Michael Bay film or other disaster movie only for the credits to roll before we’ve even gotten the inevitable scene of the statue of liberty getting toppled to really show the audience how bad things have become.

That being said, there was a hell of a hook for the second book, so I suppose Boone gets the last laugh there! 

I had a minor issue with a couple of POV characters being underdeveloped, or underutilized. Shotgun and Gordo, a gay/straight survivalist duo were my favorite characters, and there just aren’t enough chapters with them.Meanwhile, Kim and Melanie got a few more chapters afforded to them than I think they necessarily needed and their voices weren’t quite as distinct as I would have liked. I have high hopes for book 2 though, because I have a feeling some of these side characters are going to spin into the limelight which would pick things up a bit.

Similarly, don’t expect many answers as to the origin of the spider invasion, at least not quite yet. Boone definitely focuses more heavily on fast-paced action and gross-out scenes to advance the plot quickly while leaving the larger explanations for future installments in the series. There were a few scenes in the beginning of the novel that seemed to imply some source thousands of years in the making, but the where, how and why are forgone conclusions in favor of focusing on the action and terror that are man-eating spiders.

If you’re looking for a good gross out scare and think you can stomach the feeling of heebie-jeebies that thinking about spiders seems to inspire in me and so many others, I’d say definitely give this book a go! I’m excited to pick up the sequel soon.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ = 4/5 stars!

Sorry for all the scary spider gifs! Here’s a cute little spider showing his pride with an adorable raindrop hat to cheer you up!





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  1. Absolutely loved this review and all the spider gifs! I am not a big fan of spiders in me bunk but otherwise I don’t mind them outside. Their webs can be awesome. But walking through a web or a cannibal spider eating the inside of me head. No thanks.
    x The Captain

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  2. Great review.😀

    Definitely agree about the characters but it didn’t bother me much as I took it for a fun read. If it had been fantasy with underdeveloped characters then sure but this, it wasn’t a deal breaker. Especially not when you meet a character and then the spiders get them the next page.😂

    Book 2 is great, it’s different in tone but just as good.

    Fantastic gifs! The top one is my favourite, it’s the one I constantly use as it makes it look like the Spider is crawling across the screen and freaks people out.😂🕸️🕷️

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    1. I completely forgot you used that gif in your review! I’m sorry for co-opting it for my own, I hope you don’t mind.

      I agree with you about the characters. I didn’t mind that some felt underdeveloped, it didn’t detract from the action which was clearly the main focus anyway.

      I’ve just ordered book 2. I’m excited to get my hands on it! 🙂

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      1. Oh, not at all!😀 It’s not my gif and of course I don’t mind! If what I wrote came across that way, sorry, it wasn’t intentional. All I meant was that it’s such a wonderful gif as it looks like the Spider is crawling across the page.😀🕸️🕷️

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  3. ah man, I despise spiders! they are the creepiest creatures ever and one of those gifs made me really want to jump out of my skin 😀 haha… the cute ones are cute though, no doubt about that!
    This book- I have seen quite a few good reviews for it and the sequel as well… I am very temtped to one day just challenge myself to read these books even though I fear I might scracth myself to a bloodied pulp because every hair, loose thread that makes the skin tingle will defo be a spider then… hehehe

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    1. I hate spiders too! They ain’t right, that’s for certain. Reading this book was definitely a small exercise in torture. I definitely think this book raised my awareness of spiders in general though. I’ve spotted a few since reading it and am even more freaked out by them now than before! haha

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      1. ugh.. that makes me reconsider reading the book, but I am a sucker for punishment… just ran into a big one in the hall this evening… reminded me of the book 😀 uh… will you be reading the sequel?

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  4. I’m gonna have to just go with your judgement on this one. I am terrified of spiders and you had me having goosebumps and shivers after “waves of black-bodied, carnivorous spiders that are hungry for human blood.” 10/10 Already spooked and will not read. Great review though!

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  5. …I partially wanted to dislike this because the spider images and a book about spiders is one of my worst nightmares…arachnophobia right here! Ugh those GIFs were so bad I actually screamed out loud. This book actually sounds pretty good though! I don’t think I’ve ever read an apocalyptic book that involves spiders, or even heard of one. Another wonderful review!

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  6. I have just read and reviewed this! I hate spiders, but this was an entertaining read for sure, I was waiting to see my Dr when the rich dude exploded in the plane and people looked at me when i said “ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww” rather loudly!:P
    Would love to see what you thought of my review 🙂

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