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.- Goodreads.com
While reading this book, I was fairly disappointed and had made up my mind about a review. Then I got to the end. There’s a sequel – which I was unaware of – and I had to rethink my whole review.
There are some truly creepy/crawly moments that might inspire nightmares in those readers with arachnophobia. This novel contains a plethora of characters from different walks of life and I liked seeing how they’re each affected by these circumstances and the entirely plausible ways the spiders are spread around the globe. What is learned about the spiders is wickedly disturbing and takes the conflict and intensity to a whole new level – a very nice development, but one we’ll probably see more of in the next book.
Before realizing this has a sequel, I became exasperated by the sheer number of characters and time spent on their backstories. Now that I know the story will be continued, I understand the reasoning a little better. That being said, many pages were also taken up by backstories of characters who only appeared briefly and won’t be around for the next installment – if you know what I mean. I was thrilled to see female characters in positions of authority, but disappointed each of them thought about or engaged in a sexual relationship with those they supervised – which really added nothing to the plot.
I admit, The Hatching really held my attention, but feel it’s more of a setup for the real action to come in the next book. I’d recommend this to sci-fi, thriller, and horror fans. This book is scheduled for publication July 5th, 2016.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital copy in exchange for an honest review.