Ezekiel Boone: Skitter (Review)

 Ezekiel Boone
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lives in the United States with his family and has an entirely healthy respect for spiders everywhere.
BUY THE BOOK  27th April 2017
Tens of millions of people around the world are dead. Half of China is a nuclear wasteland. Mysterious flesh-eating spiders are marching through Los Angeles, Oslo, Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, and countless other cities. According to scientist Melanie Gruyer, however, the spider situation seems to be looking up. Yet in Japan, a giant, truck-sized, glowing egg sack gives a shocking preview of what is to come, even as survivors in Los Angeles panic and break the quarantine zone. Out in the desert, survivalists Gordo and Shotgun are trying to invent a spider super weapon, but it’s not clear if it’s too late, because President Stephanie Pilgrim has been forced to enact the plan of last resort: The Spanish Protocol. America, you are on your own.
Review
How do you follow an action packed blockbuster like The Hatching? Where billions of man eating spiders explode into major cities around the world chewing through the population like a wave of death?
It seems to take it back a step, you focus a bit more on the people trying to save the world, you leave the vicious wee beasties slumbering in their cocoons, with the ever present threat of a 2nd hatching. Around the world mankind falls to its usual politics and self aggrandizement with a select few aware that this hasn’t ended, that this is a lull in the cull of mankind.
Once again Ezekiel Boone writes with the power and pace of a Hollywood blockbuster, this isn’t a book that will sit for long on the bed side table, i’m sure like me you will devour it in very few sittings. Its gripping, its horrific, its clever and it has HBO series written all over it. This book two does have a touch of the middle child about it, but that’s par for the course in a series, the author does his best though to create a unique story rather than just a transition to the finale, and achieves this very well. We are however left with that cliff…. what will come next, how will we stop these spiders, how will the mutations manifest? what are the giant sacks? Just what horror has the authors mind conjured next?
I for one cannot wait for the next installment
(Parm)
Series
Hatching
1. The Hatching (2016)
2. Skitter (2017)
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