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The Hatching

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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  4,828 ratings  ·  1,215 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 334 pages
Published July 5th 2016 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books
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Janet F-bombs galore, plus other stuff. Doesn't bother me, but if you don't like profanity, then skip it.

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karen
She didn't know how many of them there were, but they were frantic. Dozens of them at least. They'd been packed in the egg, and they came out in a swarm, their bodies unfolding, alien and beautiful. Big and fast, black apricots thundering against the glass. Skittering.



if you're looking to read a book about carnivorous spiders attacking humans and animals, this is one of them!



which is not meant to sound dismissive or deflecting, but this is one of those books that delivers exactly what it
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Warning: the last time I did a spider review with gifs someone went tattling on me.
So I'm giving fair warning. This is me. Reviewing a spider book. With gifs. Don't run and tattle..no spider penises are shown.
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The book starts off in Peru with a super rich guy wanted to impress his super model girlfriends with a hike through the rainforest. He has eaten something Taco Bell the day before and his stomach isn't agreeing with him. He takes a detour into the woods and when he peeks out he sees what
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Jeffrey Keeten
”She didn't know how many of them there were, but they were frantic. Dozens of them at least. They'd been packed in the egg, and they came out in a swarm, their bodies unfolding, alien and beautiful. Big and fast, black apricots thundering against the glass. Skittering.

She put her palm against the glass of the insectarium, and the spiders flew to it."


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Professor Melanie Guyer has dreamed about being on the cover of Science or Nature Magazine. When she gets a Fed Ex package from an archaeological
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Laura
I've always been afraid of spiders. It probably doesn't help that when I was a kid, my older brother would make us sit in the baby pool while he threw daddy long legs on us. Looking back now, not sure why I would obey such a stupid demand. Yet it happened. Daddy long legs are harmless, but you try being a little girl with that happening to you. It is hard not to come out of the situation with a slight irrational fear (because again..totally harmless. The most that happened was they crawled on ...more
Jaidee
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: spider lovers and spider haters
Recommended to Jaidee by: spider woman
4.5 "furious, furry, fantastic, frightening" stars !!

2017 Honorable Mention Read

This was a wild, fun and grotesque ride and I don't want it to stop so I put book 2 on my short list and hope to get to it by the end of the year.

Mr. Boone is a master of intelligent, exciting and tight plot development. Like a spider's web he is able to take a number of strands and weave them into a claustrophobic and horrific web.

Thousands of vicious, carnivorous spiders are wreaking chaos in China, India,
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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
If you've got Arachnophobia you might want to avoid this book at all costs. Holy freaking scariest spiders doing horrific things Batman!

This book chilled me to the bone and it literally creeps up on you (get it?). All around the world strange unexplained events are occurring and the rest of the world starts to take notice. Sadly it's a bit too late for what is about to engulf the world. En masse.

This novel is just such a great read on so many levels, the plot rolls out gradually and by the time
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List

****SOME SPOILERS****

FREAKING MAN EATING SPIDERS! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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Although, they would make a great aide in the prisons where the pedophiles and what not are, but I digress.

These are an ancient form of spiders from like 10,000 years ago. Someone somewhere did some digging or something and here we have these spiders hatching. I'm not quite sure because they started coming out in all parts of the world and it didn't mention any kind of ancient mining
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Bradley
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, 2016-shelf
Thanks, Netgalley, for satisfying my deep-seated horror needs.

Need Survival? Want Survival? Wanna get in a lot of trouble with a ton of characters and wonder upon the wonders of how they're all gonna die? Nom Nom Nom It's SPIDERS!

And not your normal kind, either. These are a bit special, but not in the B-Movie sense. They're social, like ants, and they're specialized, and they're coming for you... nom nom chitter chitter crackle crackle nom nom.

This isn't just some simple cabin by the lake
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Char
4.5 stars!

SPIDERS! Lots of them! If the little bit of webbing on the cover didn't register with you the word SPIDERS (!) should.

We've all seen videos of spider nests suddenly exploding with little baby spiders running all over the place. This book is NOTHING like that. Picture a big, pulsing, hot-to-the-touch egg sac erupting volcano-like with big, hairy and fast spiders. Are you shuddering yet? Yeah, me too.

The Hatching tells the story of an invasion of spiders. From the rain forest in Peru to
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RedemptionDenied
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hands down!! - this has to be one of the best books I've read this year, if not the best. I rated the book four (instead of five) stars, mainly because I have to wait until May next year to read the sequel (Skitters) - and I'm not happy about it.

The characterization throughout the book was handled brilliantly, so that surprised me, even the people that ended up as spider fodder - so you get to know quite a bit about them. The part where one of the characters (Melanie Guyer), is reminiscing about
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
In theory I'd love to read this. Buuuuuuuttttttt . . . . . .



N.O.P.E.

Stellar ratings from all of my fearless friends means it's probably pretty damn good, but this one most likely shall remain on my newly created "I Am A Pussy" bookshelf for eternity. Kudos to the author for writing the one thing that might trigger me into the hospital with apoplexy.

True story: A week or so ago I went to put my shoe on and stepped on a "rock." It was hard, it was the size of a silver dollar and all 724 pounds
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
My review of The Hatching is now up on Fresh Fiction!

"They are coming..."

This is one of the best horror books I have read this year. However, if you have arachnophobia then you should perhaps not choose this book to read...

Read the whole review here!
Bentley ★ Bookbastion.net
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
See this review and others like it on www.bookbastion.net
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"You think because you kill one spider in your bathroom, that there aren't others hiding somewhere in your house?"




What is it about spiders that strikes fear in so many people? Is it the legs, or their hairy bodies, or their ability to attack with a sneaky drop-shot from a hidden web in a corner or on a ceiling? I think it's probably a bit of all of the above for me. Ever since I was a kid and a large wolf spider ended up
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Emma
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was pretty much everything I was looking for in a man eating spider novel.

Written in a semi World War Z style, but with more depth, it covers a varied yet increasingly interconnected group of people facing the spider hatching. It works because the author keeps the story grounded in reality. That may seem like a strange thing to say, but it has high plausibility, both on the natural side and in human reactions. These are not killer spiders from out of space, they don't build their own ships
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2016/07/21/...

I’m not really afraid of spiders. Yes, they’re kinda icky, but unless I find one right in my personal space I tend to just leave the little crawlies be. Like they say, most house spiders are relatively harmless and I actually like to keep them around to take care of other worst insect pests that might be lurking about.

But the spiders in The Hatching, though? NO. Dear God, just…NO. In the reading of this book, I had to
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✨The Reading
Sep 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
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♥Rachel♥
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Hatching was everything I love about disaster/end-of-the-world stories! That rush of adrenaline you get when worrying over whether the human race will make it. Asking myself: what would I do? Would I be among the few that would be lucky smart enough to survive? I’m that girl who loves the idea of beating zombies, tsunamis, earthquakes, deadly viruses, asteroids; pretty much anything in which the earth will be doomed unless a small group prevails, and figures out how to save the human race. ...more
Lyn
Audio - 5 stars
Story - 5 eater/breeder stars

The story is about deadly spiders. If they're not feeding on people, they're using them as hosts to lay eggs and breed. So. Messed. Up.

I'm so scared of spiders that I scream at just a picture of one. I had to stop scrolling through the other reviews because of all friggin' spider pics. So why did I read/listen to this book? Because I'm one of those people who's also fascinated by the things that freak me out. Not cool. But I can't resist. :-(

It was
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Trish
Jun 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Buddy-read with the SpecFic group

You know, I've never been afraid of spiders. OK, I'd be apprehensive at first depending on which species was walking up and down my arm, but it would be interesting as hell too. I heard that a tarantula's legs feel like tiny suction cups *squeals with delight*. And so many species are not just fascinating but beautiful too - there are some not even birds of paradise and their shiny feathers can compete with. Exhibit A, the Australian peacock spider (yes,
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dtb-book
One of the most horrifying books I've read, I loved it!
Full review to come soon!
Montzalee Wittmann
Ok read

The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone is a horror novel that started out slow for the first part but picked up in the last half.
Taylor Knight
Jun 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs

This book is so creepy and disturbing. The concept chills me to my very core.
I'll never look at spiders the same way again and I can't stop thinking about this book.
It was pretty slow and sometimes boring but I ended up reading this book in one sitting anyway.
I liked the writing style and I thought it was pretty interesting to read from many different characters
perspectives.
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was an excellent book! I have had this book sitting on my kindle for the past year and a half and have no idea why I am just now reading it. It really is as good as I heard. Maybe better. It was one of those books that I didn't want to set aside because I always wanted to know what was going to happen next. I am just glad that I finally decided to read this book.

This story was told a little differently. Each chapter focuses on a
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The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Do you often read books that contain elaborate stories full of interconnecting and interweaving threads, sort oflike a spider's web if you will, a veritable tapestry of important goings on and strands to keep up with and follow??

Do you often get bogged down in the layers of
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Ashley Daviau
I was quite disappointed with this book if I’m being totally honest. I was expecting to be absolutely terrified but really, I barely even got the shivers. I thought the idea had a lot of potential but where it lost me a bit is that it didn’t focus on the horror factor enough. I wanted to be disgusted and disturbed and terrified but I wasn’t because the book was bogged down with so many details about the scientific investigation aspect. Give me more horror and guts and killing! I did really love ...more
Kimberly
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE HATCHING is the first novel I've read from author Ezekiel Boone, and this one had me--quite literally--at the edge of my seat while I read! The story "originates" in Peru, and in India, where Dr. Basu notices irregularities showing up on the readings from her earthquake lab. The first clue that the United States has that anything is amiss in the world, is when China "accidentally" detonates a nuclear bomb on its own soil.

Boone makes use of a large cast of diverse main characters to
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Juli
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All around the world strange events are occurring. A strange skittering is heard in the jungles of Peru just before a tourist is over-run and eaten. A plane crash in Minnesota kills a famous billionaire. The Chinese government drops nuclear bombs on its own country. Seismic events in India are a precursor to a horrible biological event in Delhi. The whole planet is thrown into chaos by.....spiders. Black, flesh-eating, swarming spiders. Their eggs have lain dormant for thousands of years ...more
11811 (Eleven)
Aug 28, 2016 rated it liked it
I don't like shit crawling on me and this succeeded at the creep factor but the first half was particularly slow moving. Overall, an average read. The last few chapters were fun. I should have just skimmed to that part.
Karen
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was done by KissinBlueKaren

Wow! I finished reading this book in record time. The main reason is because I couldn't put it down. There was no safe place to stop reading. This story starts right off with tense scenes and gives us loads of characters to follow as the shit hits the fan.

This story unfolds like great fiction. We follow an FBI agent, a scientist, a couple of preppers, and a few marines, as scary things start happening throughout the world. First, a nuclear bomb is dropped
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Bon Tom
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Few hours after the last page, I still can't believe how good this is. Look, I admit, the premise of apocalypse caused by spiders sounds like a huge potential for easy, trashy book, but it isn't at all. Besides, do zombies sound any more real than forgotten brand of spiders that exhibit behaviour unlike any of the other 35.000 known species of spiders, and that were even, potentially, dinasours actual doom? I don't think so. Even if you're not scared shitless of these strange creatures with way ...more
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