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review 2017-04-03 17:49
The Spider Apocalypse Is Here in Skitter by Ezekiel Boone @ezekiel_boone
Skitter: A Novel (The Hatching Series Book 2) - Ezekiel Boone

I love a good horror novel, and after reading The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone, I had to have Skitter, Book II in the series.

 

Just looking at the cover gives me the willies and shivers run up and down my spine. I can only imagine what reading the book is going to do to me.

 

Bring it on, Ezekiel!

 

 

 

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MY REVIEW

 

I HATE SPIDERS!

 

Skitter by Ezekiel Boone is the continuation of The Hatching and the spiders are winning. If you weren’t afraid of spiders before, you will be after reading about the spider apocalypse.

 

Millions of people around the world are dead and there is no end in sight.

 

Melanie never thought she would become the most important woman in the world…but, here she is and the pressure is intense as she struggles to save the world.

 

Would she succeed?

 

Agent Mike Rich had been at ground zero, finding the very first spider and he hasn’t stopped since.

 

People’s true colors come out when disaster occurs, and we have our share of heroes and villains. Do any of us know how we would act in a time of crisis? I would hope I would rise to the occasion. How about you?

 

Would the war games, flu epidemics and disaster protocols the government has practiced and had in place for years…decades…succeed? We are about to find out.

 

If you want something to keep you looking out the corner of your eye, jumping at the slightest perceived movement, slapping at the creepy crawlie feeling running up and down your arms, READ THIS!

 

I voluntarily reviewed Skitter by Ezekiel Boone.

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review 2017-03-15 16:05
Ezekiel Boone: The Hatching
The Hatching: A Novel - Ezekiel Boone

With his debut novel and the start of a new series Ezekiel Boone takes a more creepy crawly stand to the end of the human population:
 
In the jungles of Peru Americas appear to be devoured by a moving black mass, there are unusual seismic activities in India and in China the set off an Atomic bomb in one of their most remote regions and claim it was an accident. All levels of government are trying to figure out what is going one.  All these events at first glance do not appear to be connected but humans will soon find out than a long dormant species has began to hatch and they need to feed, breed and spread and humans are the perfect target.

I was really impressed with Boone's debut novel. I found it interesting and against the norm in regards to his end of the world scenario which is extremely refreshing (too many zombie or the like out there now). I do not think I have read or watched a movie that was so spider heavy since Arachnophobia when I was younger (Yes I'm aware that there were spiders in Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings but they were not constant throughout the book). If you have a fear of spiders you probably won't want to pick this book up unless you like being scared then this one is for you. I can probably guarantee even if you are not scared of spiders you're going to start feeling something crawling on your skin, or in my case having dreams about spiders. I think this speaks to the fact that the book is well written and that the details of the spider's in action makes you feel like you are there with them.

I appreciated that you could tell that Boone had done some research on Spiders, knew the difference species as well as how they interacted with each other and in the wild. Additionally, Boone has done some research in the ability for insects to be dormant for long periods of time and only emerging when conditions are right. What I think I liked best about Boone's spiders is that they were not these large scary for just being large kind of spiders, sometimes things that are small and in large numbers are that more terrifying. They were smallish (I believe it was stated they were quite a bit smaller than the Goliath bird eating spider) and they used their numbers to their advantage. How some of the spiders reproduced was just crazy (in a good way) and extremely smart, I like the ingenuity and research of this type of breeding that Boone brought to the book.

There are quite a few different view points in the book but I didn't really find myself caring that much about the all the character, it was all about the spiders for me. I mean I liked the Dr. Melanie Guyer and FBI Agent Mike Rich, who I would say are the main characters in this book as they seem to have the most chapters from their point of view but they were just part of the plot really. I'm glad that Boone included a spider expert (Arachnology) in the book, as she is a key player in figuring everything out. The one thing I did not like about Melanie is that she thinks about sex and sexual acts a little bit too much for me, but that is just a personal preference. I will say that some of the point of views feel like one offs in this book, but as this book is part of a series they may be developed more in the next book.

I look forward to reading the next book in this series and have some high expectations for it too. Can't wait  to start feeling the creepy crawly feeling as I read again (well maybe I can wait a bit, its not the best feeling in the world, lol).

Enjoy!!!

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review 2017-02-27 19:48
Skitter
Skitter: A Novel (The Hatching Series Book 2) - Ezekiel Boone

They’re back and I have been waiting too long to read this sequel! The spider’s infestation has infected the whole world including the U.S. Every country is coming up with their own plan of attack to rid themselves of this deadly crisis. These black-legged creatures are making their way into barns, homes, garages, anyplace which is dark enough for them to lay their egg sacs. It’s staggering the amount of egg sacs these arachnids are producing and it’s staggering the number of arachnids these egg sacs will produce. Their destruction has everyone on edge.

 

This was a great novel that carried over many of the features from the first novel. I liked that they had many of the same characters. I also enjoyed that it showed many of the main characters relying on others to assist them in their work. The main characters were not handing out commands, it was a team effort, people went to the main character for guidance and support and the main character welcomed input from others. I enjoyed the thoughts and the sights from the other parts of the globe and the community. The stories of their initial reaction to what was occurring, how they tried to prepare for what they thought might occur and their thoughts for their future, all of these changed depending on where that person was located and who that individual was. It was interesting following these stories throughout the novel. I didn’t think this novel was as intense or as creepy as the first novel, it was more of a deeper look into the behavior of the spiders and analyzing it. I am not ready to wait for another sequel though. Seriously, another cliffhanger?

 

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

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text 2017-01-09 03:37
29% done with Skitter by Ezekiel Boone
Skitter: A Novel (The Hatching Series Book 2) - Ezekiel Boone

 

Only a little bit through this and I swear I can feel the little sods watching me from the corners. I keep checking the ceiling in case a spider falls on me like before when one landed on me while I was reading book one!

 

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-11-09 13:25
Not So Spooky Spiders
The Hatching: A Novel - Ezekiel Boone

Figured I'd just go for it and finish it. I'm not going to be able to get to sleep until my sister goes to school anyway. She plays her music way to loud. I am very tired though so this won't be the most in depth review.

 

The Hatching is about the spider apocalypse. Sounds awesome, right? An ancient species of man-eating spiders - you guessed it - hatches and star terrorizing the world. The US government does their best to protect their citizens, a sexually frustrated scientist tries to unlock the secret behind the spiders, and doomsday preppers were right after all. 

 

In all honestly, its hard to summarize the plot because to me there didn't seem to be much of one. It was more like a basic thread running through a course of events. This is the first book in a series and it's pretty clear the only reason this one exists is to set up the world for the next one. By the end of the book, it didn't feel like much had happened. 

 

I was pretty disappointed with this one. I had seen some good reviews on here, some great reviews from the media, and the premise alone just sounded amazing. And the first one hundred pages of the book were REALLY good. Like, I loved the first one hundred pages. There was great tension in them, the mystery behind the spiders and where they came from. There were also some great moments of horror, like when you realize it isn't just a bug bite the Chinese guy received and when the spiders start pulling an Alien and burst out of people. Really, the set up is great and one of the more original horror concepts I've encountered lately. And when Boone writes well, he writes AMAZING. 

 

The problem was, Boone didn't seem to trust his own writing. There were some great moments of suspense, such as when the guy in India opens the door and all the spider husks fall out and he just brushes it off even though you know something terrible is going to happen (I thought it was the spiders were molting and were now horrifyingly huge, which in my humble opinion would have been better). And then he ruins it with this weird, overly dramatic exposition like, "But something evil was lurking. An evil evil. A growing evil evil that...lurks"(my words, not his, copyright). It completely killed the beautiful, beautiful tension and terror he created. With the husks scene I literally went "Oh shit" in terror and then went, "Really?" in frustration. 

 

Another issue I had was the constantly shifting narrative. It seemed like Boone wanted this book to be the next World War Z. The book played out very similarly, what with us seeing different perspectives globally of how this crisis played out. Problem is, he didn't pull it off. He tried to do the WWZ thing but he also tried to have it be a traditional, character based story, if that makes sense. The story lacked a strong core and so, while fun at first, the shifting narratives soon got boring for me. They were great at first, but after a point it just became rambling. If he really wanted to go with this layout, he should have condensed his whole series into one book because in the end it got dull pretty fast. 

 

There are other issues I have with the book - characters that seem more stereotypical than anything, a lack of a narrative arc, REALLY unsatisfying ending - but I think the biggest disappointment for me is this book easily could have been a five star book. If Boone had trusted his writing, had stuck to a solid narrative - either World War Z or traditional narrative but not both - and made the character a little more believable, this book would have easily been one of the scariest I've every read. Like, it could have been The Mist level for me (I still get uneasy when it's foggy), since it combines zombie apocalypse-like issues with creepy crawlies which is my worst nightmare. Instead, it ends up playing out more like one of those cheesy movies on Syfy they show on Saturday nights. Entertaining, sure. But not quality media. To quote Adele, "We could have had it aaaaaaaallllll."

 

Final rating: 3 out of 5 stars. It's okay. Wouldn't spend money on it. Would rather watch Sharknado

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