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.
Three stars: A creepy book that will have you on edge, but it suffers from too many view points.
The Peruvian guide stops yet again on the trail. The day is growing hot, and the group of American tourists he is leading through the jungle are a bit annoying, especially since they must continually stop for the overweight millionaire who is having problems with his bowels. As he waits, he notices the jungle is quiet, unusually quiet, and then without warning, a river of black comes pouring toward him. Before he can move, he realizes too late that the river is actually a torrent of spiders that wash over and devour all in their path. Meanwhile in other parts of the world, spiders are surfacing, killing everything in their wake. Can the spiders be stopped or will they overtake humanity?
What I Liked:
- The Hatching is perfect for the Halloween season. This book is fantastically creepy, and it will have you thinking twice when you encounter a spider. What I liked the most was that it could possibly happen. There is nothing more terrifying than an actual occurrence in nature. Shivers. If you are at all squeamish about spiders, don't read this one.
- For those of you who like action, danger, carnage, widespread pandemonium and carnivorous arachnoids, this is one to read. I can totally see this being made into a movie. The apocalypse is here and it isn't zombies or nuclear weapons it is carnivorous spiders.
- I liked the action and suspense in this one. There is a large cast of characters and multiple view points, which shift rapidly. You never know from one chapter to the next who is going to be the next victim, making it a thrilling read.
- The spiders themselves are super creepy. Let's face it, most of us are a bit terrified of the creepy crawly things, especially the thought of one crawling over you and biting you in the dark. This book preys upon your innate fears, and scares the pants off you with man eating spiders. Yikes!
And The Not So Much:
- The thing that held this book back for me was the large cast of characters and the rapidly shifting view points. I lost count of all the characters, and I grew frustrated because I wasn't sure who to latch onto as you never knew who the next spider meal might be. The characters that I thought might stick around, were mostly the ones that I didn't like. I also didn't like that some characters weren't introduced until well past the half way point, and I wasn't sure how some fit into the story. My guess is this is going to be a long running series and all the characters will solidify. In the meantime, it is a bit daunting to keep track of everyone.
- I loved the spiders, but I was left wanting a better understanding. Why did they all of a sudden awaken all over the world? I need more information.
- I thought that sometimes there was too much detail, and a lot of it was unnecessary, especially when it came to character description. There are so many people in the book, and it was hard enough to keep track of them, and then to have to read pages about who was sleeping with whom, I got so I just didn't care. I wanted more spiders. Not extraneous character detail, especially if the character was a victim.
- The book ends with a cliffhanger, leaving the reader on the edge of their seat. The spider carnage is just beginning, and I was eager for more. Sadly, I will have to wait until the next book.
The Hatching was a fun, scary and thrilling read, perfect for the Fall season, or anytime you want a good scare. I loved the spiders and the carnage, but I was frustrated by too many characters and unnecessary details. This book would have been better with less view points and more spider action. Still it is a promising start, and I am inclined to pick up the sequel as I want to know what happens next. If you suffer from arachnophobia, this is not a book for you.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.
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