The Hatching

The Hatching

A Novel

Book - 2016
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The first in a horror trilogy about an ancient race of carnivorous spiders who emerge from the center of the earth after being dormant for over ten thousand years.
Publisher: Toronto :, Random House Canada,, 2016.
ISBN: 9780345816481
034581648X
Characteristics: xiii, 334 pages

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RobertELPL Oct 06, 2017

This was a good creature-horror story. Ran at a pretty fast-clip so it didn't take long to read, and the thrills were enough to keep me wanting to read more. I became really interested in the lore of the spiders and how they functioned and I hope that the second book goes deeper into it. The focus of the story was definitely on the uprising and horror of the spider invasion as the majority of the beginning chapters were all different people and different settings. It was a little difficult to feel for the characters, but you do end up rooting for some as the book progresses. Is this a completely unique plot? Not particularly. Is it still enjoyable? I would say "yes."

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nerowolfgal
Apr 15, 2017

Complete by-the-numbers potboiler, with stock characters, stock threats and the beginner-writers stock, cheap ending "the characters think the threat is over/the monster dead/the aliens defeated BUT........... Lazy writing, lazy plot.

nanajoe Dec 05, 2016

Fast paced, easy reading, thoroughly enjoyed!

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Astraeus
Dec 04, 2016

A thrilling page- turner depicting a unique and horrifying existential threat to humanity. Certainly my favourite horror book of 2016. A apt description would be: "Arachnophobia" on steroids.

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smmeloche
Nov 15, 2016

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The Hatching, by Canadian author Ezekiel Boone, follows groups of people, throughout the world, as they begin to make a gruesome discovery. An ancient species, which has been dormant for thousands of years, is now awake. And it is hungry. Hungry for flesh…

Ezekiel Boone writes an entertaining, fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat apocalyptic thriller with The Hatching. This isn’t your run of the mill apocalyptic thriller, this one is about spiders. I know. It sounds wacky; I wasn’t really sure how to feel about this when I picked up my copy. It was a completely different type of novel from what I normally read, but I actually really, really enjoyed this book. I am glad this is the first of a trilogy because I will for sure be wanting more.

The novel is narrated through multiple narrators, multiple POVs, and spanning over multiple countries. South America, Asia, and North America are all affected as an ancient species of arachnids beat their extinction and begin to take over. I loved this narrative style. Due to the narrative, this book has a whole lot of characters (an arachnologist, FBI agents, marines, the president- to name a few); this very well could have ended up being completely confusing, but Boone executes it in such a way that it just ends up adding continuous layers to the plot.

The entire time I was reading this novel, I kept thinking how good it would be as a movie. I don’t know if the movie or television rights have been discussed yet with this one, but I think it would be fantastic on the screen.

I, personally, did not find this book to be too scary, but then again, it’s only because I was feeling pretty confident throughout my reading that this would not be happening to me. I didn’t find the plot too plausible and that is okay by me because I don’t want to live in a world where man-eating spiders run rampant. But I did keep my fly swatter next to me as I read, just in case…

By the end of the novel, Boone does a fantastic job at tying together one big, eight-legged package and sets us up nicely for the sequel. I will absolutely be reading more from Boone- and lucky for me, I won’t need to wait too long. The next novel in this trilogy, Skitter, is published in May 2017!

I’d recommend this one, purely for the entertainment value, if for no other reason. If you are looking for a freak-your-freak, scare your pants off type of read, this probably won’t be it. But if you want something that will keep you entertained and on the edge of your seat, then pick this one up! And maybe some bug spray too….

rberardinelli Nov 10, 2016

This book was better than I expected. I loved its diverse cast of characters and the global reach of its plot. I'll definitely read the series as its published.

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ronp1p
Oct 04, 2016

I was surprised to find that the book had no ending but now I see there will be a follow up so maybe everything is eventually explained. A weak point was large man eating spiders floating away on fine threads. Works with barely visible newly hatched spiders but not tarantula sized ones.

JCLLauraH Oct 02, 2016

I was drawn to the webbed cover, which reminded me of the 1977 movie "Tarantulas," and I was not disappointed. "The Hatching" reminded me why I love old monster movies. Across the globe, strange, seemingly unrelated happenings are causing alarm. A nuke goes off "accidentally" in China. A video is released of people fleeing a black wave of some sort in Delhi. An American Univerity entomologist is delivered a 10,000 spider egg sac, and that sac is hatching. Creepy and fun to read, and as a bonus, the book has a cast of strong female characters (the US president, a famous entomologist, a Lance Corporal in the Marines). Book 1 in a series, so don't expect closure at the end!

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