lives in the United States with his family and has an entirely healthy respect for spiders everywhere.
Deep in the jungle of Peru, a black, skittering mass devours an American tourist party whole. FBI agent Mike Rich investigates a fatal plane crash in Minneapolis and makes a gruesome discovery. Unusual seismic patterns register in an Indian earthquake lab, confounding the scientists there.
The Chinese government ‘accidentally’ drops a nuclear bomb in an isolated region of its own country. And all of these events are connected. As panic begins to sweep the globe, a mysterious package from South America arrives at Melanie Guyer’s Washington laboratory. The unusual egg inside begins to crack. Something is spreading….
The world is on the brink of an apocalyptic disaster. A virulent ancient species, long dormant, is now very much awake. But this is only the beginning of our end….
Horror…. another genre i don’t normally venture into, although i’m not sure i would class this as horror. but there isn’t a genre called creepy crawler thrillers.
So once again i’m stretching the boundaries of my reading horizons, but why this one? I’m not really sure, the cover was eye catching, and i’m a sucker for a good cover.
Then there has been an excellent social media campaign from Gollancz and the author, building that desire to read, the anticipation.
The book its self, is an excellently written, highly engaging thriller, with all the ingredients of an apocalyptic type thriller. A steady build and delivery, introduction of key characters, by an ever brooding “who is going to die next”. There is a worry that certain characters may as the series (trilogy?) progresses, survive anything, which would be a shame, i think an anyone is fair game approach would be best (fingers crossed) and adds a higher level of reality.
The book and the series has major motion picture written all over it (them), sweeping panoramic scenes, major landmarks and billions or spiders, high tension and gore galore.
I have spent every day whilst reading the book and since, slapping at imaginary spiders, not one of the little blighters has been humanely removed from the house and i itch just thinking about the book. …. i loved it, i love that a book can cause such a reaction.
The Hatching (2016)