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. – Goodreads Synopsis
The Hatching Review
Ezekiel Boone weaves quite the web in The Hatching, with descriptions that will send shudders racing down your spine and guarantee you’ll be giving the stink-eye to any spiders you happen to see for about the next week after reading the book. Written in a way that it plays out in your head like a Syfy movie (not a bad thing!), The Hatching does a good job of ratcheting up the tension, grossing you out at random moments, and keeping you guessing about what’s ultimately happening.
Unfortunately, the ending leaves a little bit to be desired. I found myself frowning as I reached the last pages, thinking “Really? All that build up and…this?”. It seems obvious via the multitude of epilogues that this is meant to be the first book in a series, and if that’s true, I wish it had been made more clear from the get-go. Instead, what we get is a frustrating cliffhanger that’s only made mildly better by the epilogues. Even though technically Boone does give you a complete story as the first book in a series still should, it just doesn’t feel like it. Instead a fantastically written story in all other ways leaves you feeling a bit grumpy and a bit cheated as you finish it out.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read that will delight people who love ‘creature books’. Ezekiel Boone does a great job delivering a debut horror novel that will stick in people’s minds. It would be easy to see it being optioned for a movie. Just be forewarned that the ending isn’t the satisfying wrap-up a novel of this caliber deserved.