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The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone

The cover and the title tell it all. Horror and suspense lovers will be enthralled by this premise. A rich American tourist hiking deep in the jungle of Peru is attacked by an unidentified black skittering mass. Upon close examination, the black mass appears to be spiders.

The American tourist quickly attempts to flee from the region in his private plane, but it is a little too late and the determined creatures have already managed to take refuge in his plane and even his body. Mid air, even more creepy things start to happen and the flight crew are eaten alive. 

An FBI Agent investigating the plane crash thousands of miles away makes a gruesome discovery. A spider, still alive, surfaces from one of the victims.

In an earthquake lab in Kanpur, India, seismic activity is registering as unusual.

In a lab in Washinton, D.C. a mysterious package arrives by overnight FedEx from South America. The contents – a dormant egg from an ancient species of archnids.

Are you keeping up with the story of The Hatching?

This is just a microcosm of what to expect in the novel. Every chapter has a new story, a new character, and a new plotline. It’s up to you to weave them together into an intricate web of mystery and adventure, putting the puzzles pieces together, while knowingly following the story to the depths of its devastation. 

While at first it may seem exciting to read, akin to a big blockbuster movie, after a while the story starts to feel a bit redundant. There seems to be a pattern developing. The army of spiders continue to hatch, multiply and consume each victim. And, they seem to be taking over the world. Can the human species survive this plague? 

There is one variable in the equation and that is the "why". 

It is unclear why the spiders spread so quickly and with a force that seems unstoppable…until they just slow down.

You have to remember that The Hatching is the first in a series, and like the name suggests, the spiders seem to be setting up their roots of mass devastation. Like an epic novel, perhaps the author is laying out the blueprint for the epic adventure to play out. 

Will the grand premise of spiders taking over the world and perhaps evolving into a superior species play out? Will it be enough to keep our attention in the following sequels? Or will the story continue to meander and peter out as quickly as it started. Only Ezekiel Boone's second book will tell! 

The Hatching is published by Random House Canada.

Blog post by @ShilpaRaikar (Creative and Social Media strategist, decor enthusiast and book lover, who also writes for a branding blog:, as well as a lifestyle blog: T: @SukasaStyle) 

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