Skitter : The Hatching

  • by Ezekiel Boone
  • Narrated by George Newbern
  • Series: The Hatching
  • 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

First there was the black swarm that swallowed a man whole, the suspicious seismic irregularities in India that confounded scientists, the nuclear bomb China dropped on its own territory without any explanation. Then, scientist Melanie Guyer's lab received a package containing a mysterious egg sac; little did Dr. Guyer know that almost overnight, Earth would be consumed by previously dormant spiders that suddenly wanted out.
Now 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 Dr. Guyer, the crisis may soon be over.
But in Japan, a giant, glowing egg sac 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 weapon to fight back, but it may be too late, because President Stephanie Pilgrim has been forced to enact the plan of last resort.
America, you are on your own.


What the Critics Say

"A globe-hopping, seriously creepy read." (Publishers Weekly)


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B movie creepiness and action at its best

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Hugely entertaining, suitably creepy, plenty of action. Middle act of this trilogy where ancient spiders have reawakened and humans are rapidly waking up to the reality of no longer being top of the food chain. Boone returns to the ranging narrative, jumping from California to DC, Peru to India, Scotland to Japan. From marines to a con-man preacher, mystery author to a survivalist, arachnologist to Presidential chief of staff, television producer to FBI agent. Stories of the military trying to burn out egg sacks, scientists attempting to figure out the mechanics of the infestation, civilians trying to flee, individuals noticing patterns, and everyday people struggling to survive in ingenious ways. The action may lull as the first wave of spiders have died, but the tension constantly ratchets up. And when the next wave is imminent, those in the know have a growing sense of dread. The United States is fractured, the world is on a precipice, and something has woken up. Recommended, but maybe not if you live in a place replete with spiders.

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- S. Yates

It was OKAY...

The first book had me sorta riveted. Though the take on spiders wasn't completely original, the story was suspenseful and the character subplots were decently written and made sense. Mostly.

Then there's this book. Way way more viewpoints. It was a bit scattered but was overall okay. Until chapter 30/31(?). Anyway the one with the guy who says chicken biscuits. You'll know. I mean wtf! That almost, and maybe it did, ruin the book for me. I won't spoil the scene. I guess Boone needed a way to introduce the spiders to that city but it shouldn't have been with this scene or character. Completely illogical and unrealistic human reaction to a bloody dire situation. I could be wrong but I don't think I am. Unless! Unless Boone was writing an example of the dumbest person on planet Earth then he sold me. Besides that it was okay I guess. I hope three is better because this book didn't have that thing the first book did.
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- E. Gorman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-02-2017
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio