Thursday, May 18, 2017

Review: Skitter (The Hatching, #2) by Ezekiel Boone

Title: Skitter (The Hatching, #2) 
Author: Ezekiel Boone 
Publisher: Atria 
Source: Publisher 
Published: May 2nd, 2017 
Purchase: Amazon | B&N 

Summary: 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. 



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I loved and devoured Ezekiel Boone’s The Hatching and couldn’t wait to fall into Skitter and see what this author had in store for his characters and readers. I appreciate that we pick up right where we left off, and it was great to see the key characters that I became so invested in in book one along with a few additions. Thinking the nightmare is over only to realize it’s just beginning is horrifying, and I think Mr. Boone definitely upped the scare factor in this sequel. The Hatching made me shudder, but Skitter and the appearance of a new species of red-striped arachnids gave me more than a few “THEY’RE ON ME” moments. I’ve never been afraid of spiders – my phobias lie with things that slither – but I was around the 60% mark in this book when I stopped to fold some clean blankets. A black fuzzy lint ball flew across my folding counter, and I screamed as if a cluster of the spiders from the book had poured into the room and begun to engulf me. Family members were not amused. But I was. I think it’s pretty great that this author and this horrifying but fantastic story could get into my head like that. It’s the adrenaline rush that makes me love this genre. But for those readers who think they could never read this because they’re so afraid of spiders, I want to share that my daughter/co-blogger is most definitely an arachnophobe and she absolutely loves this series. Though she did get rather testy when I kept Googling pictures of certain spiders mentioned in the book so we could have a really good visual, and ultimately she made me stop with that. But boy, was that fun while it lasted.

Skitter follows the formula that made The Hatching such a success, but it branches out and finds its own path with new ways to surprise and repel you. I’m always going to wish for more Mike POVs, as well as Gordo and Shotgun perspectives – these are my favorite characters; and while I’m interested to see what’s happening elsewhere, I can’t help but be sad to leave them, if only for a little while. I don’t want to say anything about the plot of this sequel because I don’t want to spoil anyone, not just for this book but for its predecessor. The ending was a cliffhanger that made me a bit grouchy because I want MORE MORE MORE. I read Skitter right on the heels of The Hatching, so I know waiting for the next book to release in 2018 is going to be red-striped-spider-bite excruciating. I’ll be ready to grab it, though, as this has quickly become a favorite series! Highly recommend for thriller and horror fans.

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 

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12 comments:

  1. This sounds interesting and a cliffhanger!! I hope the next book comes out soon. Great review!

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    1. So interesting! But I have such a long wait :( Thank you, Cindy!

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  2. I think I need to reconsider this one. I read the first one after I got back last summer so maybe I wasn't totally appreciative. I really struggled with the mulitple POV. That being said, everyone is raving about this one....

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    1. You're actually the one that put this series on our radar! I knew you weren't a big fan of the multiple POVs, but that ended up being one of our favorite aspects. I hope you'll give it a chance; there's definitely a lot about this sequel to like :)

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  3. "But for those readers who think they could never read this because they’re so afraid of spiders, I want to share that my daughter/co-blogger is most definitely an arachnophobe and she absolutely loves this series." was this included for me? Cause I was reading the review going NOPE NOT FOR TERESA NO NO SPIDERS and then I get to here and I had a grumpy side eye face cause it was like you answered my silent question. Our telepathy must be getting better lmao. Anyhoo I'm glad you guys are enjoying this series so much even with those stupid many legged things. Great review!

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    1. Hahaha! I love when our telepathy is on point. I'm actually a little surprised you even read this review because I know your feelings when it comes to these eight-legged freaks. You would adore the narrator of this series and the writing is so good, but I think you would want to do me bodily harm if I convinced you to try this one. I won't make you read a book about sp*ders if you don't make me read a book about sn*kes. Lol <3

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  4. Yes, I want the next book now!

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    1. We need it right the very now!

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  5. I'm one of those people that wouldn't touch this with a ten foot pole because- spiders! Although you've reassured me a little bit. :)

    I have to admit I'm curious... but yes if I saw anything resembling a spider while reading this I'd probably freak out ha ha! Glad it was good!!

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    1. Aww, Greg, I understand completely. The characters in this series are amazing, and the story is so thrilling. I want everyone to read it, but I also understand it's not for everyone ;) If you decide to go for it, I would love to know your thoughts!

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  6. I skimmed your review because I haven't read the first book yet but I have it. I didn't realize it was a series.

    I'm so curious how I'll feel because I'm not afraid of spiders. But I don't want them in or all over me either lol

    For What It's Worth

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    1. I hope you enjoy it as much I did, Karen!

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