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(The Hatching #2)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  2,876 ratings  ·  516 reviews
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 Guyer, however, the spider situation seems to be looking up. Yet in Japan, a giant, truck-sized, glowing egg sack gives a shockin ...more
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books (first published April 25th 2017)
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Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
the calm before the swarm…

the driving force of this book is more about what has happened and what is going to happen rather than what is happening now. this is a world united in one specific concern, specifically that of:

…one of these egg sacs opening up and a torrent of spiders devouring him or laying eggs inside his body so that at some undetermined future date he'd suddenly split open so that spiders could go ahead and eat some other people.

that's not to say that nothing happens in this book,
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: strong souls
Recommended to Jaidee by: have to see what happens
4.5 "creepy crawly terrifying " stars !!

2019 Honorable Mention Read

Mr. Boone has done it again ! I read The Hatching in 2017 and was spine tingingly surprised as how this spider acopalypse drew me in and scared the bejezus out of me. That book was a 4.5 star read for me.

This takes the story further and deeper and darker and even more terrifying. Mr. Boone is able to write superb pulp fiction that is well-written, exciting and keeps you on the edge of your seat. We are taken to many parts of th
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm probably going to make certain people very mad I say I think I like this better than WWZ. It has the same feel even if it's not as cosmopolitan and it's not written in epistolary format. But most importantly, it has the vast character support and the feel of a world gone very wrong.

Because it's SPIDERS! Waves and waves of all kinds of spiders, quick eggs, exploding people, feeding frenzy, and many many cities are lost. It's total chaos! And here's book two. The fast feeding is almost done. N
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I've read a lot of post-apocalyptic and dystopian novels in my time because quite honestly, they fascinate me. They fascinate me with the what ifs and oh my gosh I can see that happenings and while those things, those ideas have freaked me out at times, none of them have horrified me the way this series has.

This series is captivating, engaging and completely terrifying.

I've never read a book that has had me both enthralled with the horribleness of it and also jumping and itching at every little
The question they should have been asking was how much worse could it get?

I loved The Hatching with it's awesome concept that both thrills and frightens, so I was more than ready to dive into the sequel. For those who haven't read the first book, it is basically the end of the world as carnivorous spiders invade the world. Does this catch your interest? Stop reading this review and go pick up the first book now.

The series (at least so far) does an excellent job at both addicting, fast-paced
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
Audio - 5 stars
Story - 5 spiderpocalypse stars

So now we have a truck-sized spider with a pov...damn! Onto the next..
Michael || TheNeverendingTBR
My review of this one is basically the exact same as for the previous book.

I'm at the point where I'm desperate for something different to read because I've gotten bored of this trilogy now, I've lost interest.

I've read loads of similar books which are masterpieces and the bar is too high I guess lol.

Still gets a moderate rating because it certainly does have it's moments, I just prefer books with good, memorable characters and these books don't offer this.
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
So, would Skitter be as good as The Hatching? That was what I hoped for when I started to read the book and after finishing it the same day as I started it can I only say that oh yes! It's just as creepy as the previous book and just as hard to put down.

The story takes place after the first book ended (with an annoying cliffhanger gah!) and the world thinks the worst is over, the spiders are dead. The world is in ruin, but at least the danger is over, or is it? Now it seems that what happened in
Erin Dunn
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it

Thank you to NetGalley for providing a free ebook copy of Skitter By: Ezekiel Boone in exchange for an honest review.

Short Review Summary:
I still have the heebie jeebies.

When I read The Hatching (Click to read my review.) back in June I couldn't wait to get my hands on the sequel, Skitter. Even though the first one made me want to set my house on fire when I saw a spider I knew I had to read the next one. Skitter definitely gave me the heebie jeebies as

Even though I loathe the things in real life, I find them so entertaining to read about when done well. Skitter is done very well!

We start right where The Hatching left off, (which was with a cliffhanger), and I found it quite easy to slip right back into this world-well, what's left of it, anyway. I keep expecting some kind of weird Star Trek time anomaly or something, because I just can't believe what's happened with the United States and the planet. Ezekiel Boone does n
I am afraid of spiders....or anything that even looks like it might be an 8-legged creepy crawly. When I was little, I was bitten by a poisonous spider. The bite required a trip to the ER and a nice chunk of tissue removed from my leg. Needless to say, arachnids moved to the top of my Ahhhhhhhhhhhh! list.

So, for me to read and absolutely love a book series about flesh-eating spiders....the books have to be good! Skitter is the second book in The Hatching trilogy by Ezekiel Boone. In the first bo
Erin Clemence
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Skitter” is the second novel in Ezekiel Boone’s super creepy spider series, “The Hatching”. In “Skitter”, the first wave of spiders have been abolished but soon, egg sacs are found and spiders start hatching. However, now there are two different kinds of spiders with different objectives. Humans are being used as breeding grounds and as food and the United States is in pieces. Other parts of the world are also discovering these egg sacs, and researchers are scrambling to find out their origin a ...more
Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I already mentioned in my review for the first book, I'm not really afraid of spiders. Sure, some jumping ones can startle you but I don't suffer from arachnophobia although there sure are some freakish species out there. Still, spiders do seem uniquely qualified to be the stars of a horror/monster story.

This is the second book about some mysterious spiders hatching after their discovery in Nasca and taking over the world. By now, millions of people have died in the first wave of attack, many
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This was the blockbuster sequel I was waiting for: bigger, bolder, freakier.

Not only was the style much tighter, the content was more explosive. While inevitably you are left wanting because Ezekiel Boone can't help himself with these damn cliffhanger endings, the rest of the book was tense as hell. I've spent the whole read feeling itchy and I keep noticing cobwebs everywhere... I'd honestly rather deal with zombies; if we can choose our End of the World theme, it's not going to be the spiderp
Ezekiel Boone, why are you doing this to me? You can't leave me hanging like this!!!! How long will I have to wait, unable to move or scream or even blink, for the third book?

If you weren't terrified of spiders before this series... if book one didn't increase that fear tenfold... then this book HAD to have seriously upped the scary level enough to produce some semblance of a reaction. Like man-eating swarms of spiders wasn't enough... like spiders that cut a hole and slip into your body unnotic
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I am really enjoying this series. I have had a copy of this book for a long time. I had planned to read it around the publication date but for some reason it didn't happen. I am glad that I was able to get to it now because it really is a great story. This is the second book in the Hatching series which is a series that really does need to be read in order since this is a continuation of the story from the first book. I ended up enjo
donna backshall
OH CHICKEN BISCUITS, this sequel was great!

The second in Boone's Hatching (spiderpocalypse?) series is just as darkly humorous and terrifying as the first installment. Humor is so hard to write, but Ezekiel Boone sets the perfect tone with his absurd descriptors, jabs, sarcasm and perfectly outrageous banter.

The spider outbreak which began in The Hatching is proving impossible to contain, so in Skitter we watch the bigwigs in Washington deliberate and finally decide to go with the drastic Spanis
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Skitter continues right where The Hatching ended. The first wave of spiders has died but the second wave is coming...
Just like the first book, this reads like a gripping action movie that you can't help but stare at incredulously whilst wishing you weren't seeing/feeling half of what you are. I'm surprised at how well all the different perspectives worked. It never became confusing at all. I liked that there was more emphasis on the human stories this time around. A great blend of horror, advent
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, fiction
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Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
The Hatching was absolutely fantastic so my expectations were quite high for this book. Unfortunately this book suffers a little bit from second book syndrome. There were just too many unnecessary characters and storylines that kind of slowed the story down and detracted from the main plot. It was still good though and definitely worth reading.

*I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Welcome to book 2 in Ezekiel Boone’s spider kingdom. The SPIDERPOCALYPSE! continues...

After attacking and killing people from Paris to China to Los Angeles, the flesh eating spiders seemed to have just died out. But have they really? Terror lives and breathes in quiet little suburban homes, attics, stadiums, and dark, dark corners. Egg sacs of all makes and sizes are popping up around the globe. Some are cold and chalky. Some are warm and pulsing. But the gist of it is….this spider infested nigh
The Captain
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ahoy there me mateys! I know that I just reviewed the first novel of this series, the hatching, yesterday. But I just couldn’t help but need more of the swarm of massive creepy flesh eating spiders. I had to know what happened next! This review won’t contain spoilers but well it does talk about a sequel so if ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . .

So first of all, this is a series where ye should definitely read book one first. Secondly I did not
This book left me feeling ambivalent, as I did enjoy the book and I recognise that Ezekiel Boone is a good writer but the story didn't have the punch of the first and seemed to mainly tread water before the next book. The story starts off well and kept my attention, but by the end I felt like very little progress was made and wondered what had happened to the exciting story of the first book in the series. Despite the issues I have, I will definitely read the next instalment as I would really li ...more
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Edelweiss, Atria Books, and Ezekiel Boone for the advanced digital copy in exchange for an honest review. This is Boone's second installment in The Hatching trilogy and it certainly did not disappoint. The race for mankind is still underway against the terrible infestation of flesh-eating spiders. This story is certainly not for the feint of heart. I am looking forward to the next chapter of this heart pounding tale. ...more
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Skitter. It's what comes next. A rare sequel to outshine its predecessor. Marginally, but enough to make a difference. Or maybe I was more in the mood for it. Either way, arachnopocalypse continues with this story that takes up right where the first one leaves off. More creepy crawly terror, all star cast returns and this time it seems less overwhelming to juggle the plotlines, but what I really enjoyed about this one is the author's use of vignette storytelling...chapters of nonrecurring onetim ...more
Laura Rash
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ezekiel Boone has the talent to write a story that makes you squirm in your seat with discomfort but never stop READING! The Hatching was probably my favorite read of 2016 & this one is going to go over huge with 2017 readers!
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark-horror
Great book-soooooooo long until the next one is out!
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trigger-warning
[Spider phobia warning]

I liked this one a whole lot more than the first one. This book was a lot more intense than the first. I actually started to feel like spiders were crawling on me. The spider scenes were described very well and enough to make me shiver and feel itchy.

"Everywhere the spiders went, they left a trail of soft, whispering silk, sticking to trees and bushes, wrapped around men and women and children who found themselves unable to move, unable to even scream."

Sherry Fundin

Skitter by Ezekiel Boone is the continuation of The Hatching and the spiders are winning. If you weren’t afraid of spiders before, you will be after reading about the spider apocalypse.

Millions of people around the world are dead and there is no end in sight.

Melanie never thought she would become the most important woman in the world…but, here she is and the pressure is intense as she struggles to save the world.

Would she succeed?

Agent Mike Rich had been at ground zero, finding th

Good. I liked this. Skitter did have a very second book feel to it. Not a lot plot wise actually happened. The spiders were very, very quiet. They were hiding out and plotting more EVIIIILLLL. Reading it was like being in the eye of a hurricane. Crazy stuff had happened in The Hatching, and Skitter gave that sense of false calm. The spiders might have disappeared, but we know that they are gearing up for the final attack.
In Skitter, we're still jumping between person to person, place to place. T
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