Title: The Hatching
Author: Ezekiel Boone
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Release Date: July 5, 2016
Net Galley Description:
“An astonishingly inventive and terrifying debut novel about the emergence of an ancient species, dormant for over the thousand years, and now on the march.
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.”
Wow, where to begin. When I first read the description, it grabbed me immediately and I had to request it! The first chapter led me into what I’d thought in the beginning would be this mysterious monster story. It was much, much more than that.
The Hatching takes your fears for a certain kind of creature (not spoiling) and transforms it into this insanely frightening phenomenon where it will follow you into your dreams afterwards. Stephen King is a great novelist, but Ezekiel Boone is someone who knows how to strike fear into the heart of his readers. I never used to be afraid of the creature he monsterizes. As I read, I felt as if they were crawling beneath my skin.
The novel itself was split into different perspectives, much like The Stand, in the beginning through the middle in order to set the background for the future. As they each began to bleed into one another one by one, the story encloses itself all around you in it’s web. It does not release you till your mind searches for a valid solution, aside the vastly different cast of character’s fight for survival.
My Rating: 9 1/2 out of 10 Book Charms
I highly recommend this book for those who are seeking a thrill. It’ll send chills down your spine, goosebumps up your legs, and hatch it’s terrifying plot right before your eyes!