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text 2018-12-04 00:38
The Mansion
The Mansion - Ezekiel Boone

With technology growing by leaps and bounds, the possibilities are endless - phones that are way too smart, creepy toys that "learn," cars that drive themselves, the list goes on and on. With that in mind, The Mansion certainly piqued my interest. The idea is not entirely new. It's been done in one form or another in movies and books, but just the thought of a house with Nellie's capabilities gives me the willies. That said, this one did have that, but it doesn't entirely deliver on the horror aspect. It's way too slow to be what I would consider scary. We do get a few chills, but so much of the story is repetitive, plus we get tons of backstory by way of info dumps, and lengthy descriptions of everything - and I do mean everything. Granted, some of the backstory is relevant to the here and now, but a lot felt more like filler, dragging the story along. What it all amounts to is a lot of information with a creepy tidbit here and there. Considering what the blurb suggests, this story doesn't have nearly enough of Nellie, who is the most interesting character in the story. It does pick up in the last third or so of the book, but by that point, it's too little, too late to save it for me, and the conclusion is a bit too easy to predict. 

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review 2018-05-08 04:39
The Hatching Series Book #3 - Zero Day...
Zero Day: A Novel (The Hatching Series) - Ezekiel Boone

I was disappointed in this final book. It didn't do anything for me like the first two books. The pace was so slow and nothing exciting happened. I honestly got bored with it. The best part was the last few chapters I thought, up until the ending that is. Their solution for killing the spiders and saving the world was so completely anti-climatic it was utterly ridiculous. 



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review 2018-04-07 23:16
Zero Day
Zero Day: A Novel (The Hatching Series) - Ezekiel Boone
Around the world they are dealing with the spiders. For now, the spiders are calm but what exactly does that mean? In a lab in Japan, they are shedding their exoskeletons which means either they are increasing in size or they are …………. Around the world, people are waiting in anticipation to see what the spiders next move will be, hoping that someone will discover a way to kill them before they strike again.
Communication in the U.S. is sporadic as explosives were used on highways and roads to make areas unpassable and nuclear weapons were unleased in an attempt to kill the deadly spiders. Individuals want to head East where the destruction is minimal but the means to get there is another obstacle they need to overcome.
The President and Broussard still have the clashing of the minds but now it’s becoming more serious. Broussard lets his voice be heard and he is not backing down as he tells everyone within hearing distance how uncapable he feels the President is. The President stands up to Broussard but he retaliates and push, comes to shove in the end. They need to stop these spiders but at what cost?


I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Atria in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!

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review 2018-04-07 17:35
Zero Day by Ezekiel Boone
Zero Day: A Novel (The Hatching Series) - Ezekiel Boone

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I had a good time with this book. This is the third book in the Hatching trilogy which really needs to be read in order. This book picks up right after the events of the previous book and the three books really tell just a piece of the overall story. I am really glad that I read the entire trilogy during the past couple of months because I was able to remember details of the story that I would have most likely forgotten if I had read them as they were published. I found this book to be an entertaining page turner.

I really like the way that the story is told. Just like the previous books in the series, the book is told from a large number of point of views. Most of the characters that get a chance to help tell this story have played key roles in the earlier books but there is still the occasional viewpoint from someone new to the story. Some point of views show up quite frequently while others show up only once. This installment seemed to focus on the known characters a bit more with fewer one and gone point of views.

This is the final book in the trilogy so things are pretty dire at the start of the book. This book really focused almost completely on the situation in the United States. Things are not good. There is the spider problem of course but the politics were almost as dangerous. I found the politics and the spiders to be equally entertaining. The scientists and the inventors were working hard to find a solution and it was a whole lot of fun watching them as they made discoveries.

I thought that this was a pretty exciting story. There was enough action to really keep things interesting. I also thought the the evolution of the spiders was very interesting. There were a few moments that I had no idea how things would work out and there were some truly scary moments. I thought that the ending was quite fitting.

I would recommend this series to others. I thought that this was a really well told story with just enough of a creepy factor to keep things very interesting. I will definitely be looking for more of Ezekiel Boone's writing in the future.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Atria/Emily Bestler Books via NetGalley.

Initial Thoughts
I thought that this book was a solid end to the trilogy. It did take me a bit to get into this book but once I did, I didn't want to set the book aside. There were a few unexpected turns and a lot of action. It was nice to get to see all of the characters from the previous installments make an appearance in this book.

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review 2018-03-12 19:03
Zero Day: A Novel (The Hatching Series) - Ezekiel Boone
This is the third and final installment of the series "The Hatching". I am so sad to see it over. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this series. A very unusually creepy one as killer spiders are bringing the world to an end. And, those little buggers are everywhere!!

Fortunately, the spiders are mostly talked about throughout the series. The destruction they can and will do is brought to your attention, but the book doesn't deal with the fatalities and just exactly what the spiders are doing to the people they find. I'm saying that it's not over and over repeated. The focus is mainly on the people trying to save the world from the spiders. I mean just the word "spider" turns me into a shivering mess. I don't really need to hear over and over what killer spiders are doing. Thank you for sparing me Mr. Boone!

Yes, I have just finished the third book about spiders. Yikes!!!

The book was very well written and kept me mesmerized throughout as the author takes us all ove the world to discover the plight of these spiders and what's happening to the world because of them. 

Yes, I did stay up late to finish this book and yes, it was worth it.

Thanks to Atria Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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