Author: Ezekiel Boone
Published: July 2016, Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Format: ARC Paperback, 352 pages
An astonishingly inventive and terrifying debut novel about the emergence of an ancient species, dormant for over a 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.
The world is on the brink of an apocalyptic disaster. An ancient species, long dormant, is now very much awake.
My thoughts: So, I'm not really sure what made me request this book as I am petrified of spiders and I do not usually read horror/science fiction books, yet...there was something about this book that just called to me and I decided to move outside my comfort zone and read it. Yes - I only read the book during the daylight hours and yes, I might have read a few pages with my hands covering my eyes, but overall, I did like it - as long as I kept telling myself "it's just a book, it's just a book!"
This is a creepy, crazy book that will have you thinking twice the next time you see a spider and definitely will have you FREAKING OUT if you happen to have one crawling on you! This book was clever, I will give you that...this author has some imagination. He has written a book that will definitely have everyone talking and going crazy every time they see a spider this summer.
I loved how the book moves around...it's not crazy intense the whole time, but rather ramps it up with the spiders then moves back to something a little less intense so you can almost catch your breath and then goes back to the intensity. But, at the same time, you are just waiting for that other shoe to fall. My only complaint, if you will, is that I felt the ending was just a bit flat...after all the build up, I was expecting a bit more dramatics at the end. Though I did get the feeling this isn't the end...perhaps this the start of a series?
I think for me, the bottom line is that I did like this and I'm glad I read it...it's always good to read outside your comfort zone every once in a while.