Skitter (The Hatching #2) by Ezekiel Boone

eze2Skitter is the latest instalment in Ezekiel Boone’s spidery apocalypse.  I may have had a few reservations with Hatching but Skitter definitely knocks those on the head.  I really enjoyed this instalment, for me it had a much creepier feel and at the same time just nailed the whole disaster theme.   This is a fast paced story with multiple POVs that sweeps us relentlessly around the world from a remote island in Scotland back to a scientific laboratory in the US and everywhere else in between.  There were spiders a-plenty causing panic and terror but more than that an ever pervasive sense of worse yet to come, that awful feeling of dread that the clock is ticking, counting down the minutes until something even more nasty bursts onto the scene.

The story picks up pretty much where Hatching left off.  After an initial wave of killing and causing havoc the Hatching spiders seem to have run out of steam and have died off.  It’s too soon to breathe a sigh of relief though – egg sacs seem to be popping up everywhere and some of them are far from your basic egg sack – they’re almost as big as trucks – which really doesn’t bode well imho.  Melanie Gruyer, the spider expert/scientist from the first book is working tirelessly to find out more about the spiders, where they come from, how they’re evolving, what might be next and the pieces are starting to slowly come together but it’s still a puzzle with missing elements.

At the same time, many of the characters from Hatching make an appearance and are developed further.  The characters from the underground shelter seem to have a bigger part to play as do the people out on the remote Scottish Isle.  In a separate note our FBI guy has become stranded at his holiday home out in the wilds along with a colleague, his ex wife and her new potential husband and their daughter.  Things are starting to turn a little nasty – and it’s not the spiders this time but would-be marauders.  On top of this people in states where the spiders struck are mass panicking and tryng to flee to other parts of the country.  Of course the army are trying to contain the situation and prevent possible infections from spreading but the order of the day is chaos really.

Boone introduces plenty more characters in fairly short order giving them all a quick outline, I don’t advise you to become too attached too soon thoughas a lot of people are simply fodder for hungry spiders.

What I really enjoyed about this is the aspect of ‘invasion’ that really comes across.  The chaos and panic from the first book is still there but there’s now an underlyng sense of menace.  This is not simply a freak spider attack from an unknown species of spider that seems to have suddenly been disturbed or awakened.  If feels like something much bigger is actually taking place here – there is a sense of intelligence and co-ordination and a horrible feeling that things are going to get a helluva lot worse and that first wave of spiders was merely a preemptive strike with a possible tidal wave to follow.

I thought this was a great second in series to be honest.  Boone has nailed the disaster theme and I look forward to seeing what happens next because this surely does conclude on a creepy vibe.

I received a copy through Netgalley courtesy of the publisher for which my thanks.  The above is my own opinion.

 

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13 Responses to “Skitter (The Hatching #2) by Ezekiel Boone”

  1. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Reading the words “intelligence” and “coordination” knowing you are speaking of a spider (eeeeekkk!) invasion sends chills down my spine. And yet, the pull of this story is quite strong, and I might even overcome my squeamishness and read the books…
    (while keeping a big can of repellent handy, that is…)
    😀 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      I didn’t enjoy the first book as much but reading this it really did have an epic disaster feel to it that I enjoyed and these spiders – yeah, more than just eight legged creepy.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Pamelibrarian

    Ooo I just finished this one and loved it more than the first! Glad to see you enjoyed it too. I really liked that Boone spent more time with the characters in this book–I really care about them (especially the cranky old Irish author). I’m sure they will die spectacular deaths in the third one and break my heart!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I like the Irish author too and I’m hoping that he doesn’t die spectacularly but Boone is pretty ruthless with his characters isn’t he.
      Lynn 😀

  3. sjhigbee

    Oh dear… I’m a tad allergic to authors introducing characters to us for the sole purpose of offing them, having read far too many of those in the past. Glad you like this one, Lynn – I love the covers as I’m very fond of spiders… We have quite a few in the house as I won’t kill them.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I understand what you mean and it does start to feel like as soon as you meet a new character they’ll be bumped off, but, there are the stalwart characters who you follow and it’s a disaster, apocalyptic type story so it feels necessary to be honest. Given that about half of the world have died already he does only introduce us to a very small portion really.
      Spiders – I don’t love them for sure but I certainly wouldn’t go out of my way to kill them – we do seem to have an influx in the house at the moment for some reason but I like spiders for their contribution, spiders and bees.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Nathan

    Are you afraid of spiders? My wife won’t even look at them through glass. I don’t have the same fear…unless they begin attacking in mass.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha -well. the spiders are definitely attacking on mass in this book. Scary. Otherwise -I’m not too bad with spiders -I’m not gonna pick one up but so long as it stays where it is and I stay where I am then we can all be happy, just don’t start trying to crawl on me is all.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I’m reading through the gaps of my fingers here, because I hope to start this one soon! Glad to hear you enjoyed it though, I’m really looking forward to it!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I thought this was much better than the 1st – I had a real disaster movie feel for this one. And the ending is great and promises some more surprises.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I read The Hatching last year over my July 4th vacation and for some reason, I’ve been saving this one for the same occasion this year. There’s something about taking a lazy day to devour a wonderful horror book. Glad you like this. I’m not really afraid of spiders, but we know these aren’t your typical “find in your bathroom” spiders. Great review!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Nope,these are definitely not your typical spiders.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Jennifer | Book Den

    I’m reading Skitter right now, and so far I think it is better than The Hatching, too. 🙂

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