Author: Ezekiel Boone
Rating: 4 Stars
Review By: Shana
While not perfect or profound, this is still an extremely satisfying end to the action- and spider-packed trilogy. As in the first two books, this final entry is briskly paced and benefits from the wide cast of characters to add scope, intimacy, and meaning, elevating the book from the shallower B-movie creature features that this is so reminiscent of.
When we last were in this spider infested future world, humanity was on a precipice. A second wave of spiders had struck, President Pilgrim ordered the tactical nuking of infested American cities and then the fracturing of America itself via the Spanish Protocol. The characters we had come to know were spread across the country, with problems big and small to contend with, ranging from mere survival to contriving a way to save humanity itself. And the various points of view offered by Boone were not all human, we also were privy to minds of the spiders, and knew something terrible was to come.
Boone plunges readers back into the thick of the action, and things go from bad to worse. Tensions rise in the government, and there are differing opinions on how best to combat the threat with a rift opening between the executive branch and the military. All the while the scientists are racing to figure out how the spiders operate in an effort to head off the existential threat.
Dialog remains snappy, deaths gruesome, small insights into character and humanity shine here and there, and the suspense grows. Boone chooses to write this final entry leaving much unsaid and undescribed, setting up set pieces and letting the reader fill in the blanks. It isn't that the reader has to guess what likely happened--he often leads the reader through a series of events and encounters, with a climactic decision or statement made, then the point of view abruptly shifts. This lends the narrative even greater speed, but also makes portions feel rushed. The book is not incredibly long, and I think more than a few readers would have enjoyed more elaboration from Boone and would have forgiven a few extra pages.
All in all, though, the book is incredibly fun and Boone treats the readers to an epilogue that happily ties up a number of loose ends. This apes movies where in the closing credits we find out what happened next to the main characters. Boone does not deny his readers the comfort of knowing how our favorite characters fared in this new world, and happily they have fared well. A truly entertaining trilogy, not for those who dislike gore with their action, but worth the time for those who like a ton of action, characters to root for, and loose ends firmly tied. Oh, and one spoiler worth giving: Claymore (the dog) lives.
My love of reading was sparked in 3rd grade by the promise of personal pan pizzas via the BOOK IT! Program. Hmmmm... any chance that someone might give adults free food for reading? Asking for a friend...