Author: Ezekiel Boone
Rating: 4 Stars
Review By: Shana
Hugely entertaining, suitably creepy, plenty of action. This is the middle act of the trilogy where ancient spiders have reawakened and humans are rapidly forced to come to grips with the reality of no longer being top of the food chain.
Boone returns to the ranging narrative, jumping from California to DC, Peru to India, Scotland to Japan. From marines to a con-man preacher, mystery author to a survivalist, arachnologist to the president’s chief of staff (and lover), television producer to FBI agent. Stories come and go, intertwine or stand alone – of the military trying to burn out egg sacks, scientists attempting to figure out the mechanics of the infestation, civilians trying to flee, individuals noticing patterns, and everyday people struggling to survive in ingenious ways.
The action may lull as the first wave of spiders have died, but the tension constantly ratchets up. And when the next wave is imminent, those in the know have a growing sense of dread. The United States is fractured, the world is on a precipice, and something has woken up. With the final book in the trilogy recently released (Zero Day), this entry in the series is definitely recommended, but maybe not if you live in a place replete with spiders.
(For Shana's review of The Hatching, Book #1, click here.)