Now complete with book 3, Zero Day, holy shit Ezekiel Boone’s The Hatching series is good. Boone absolutely fulfills the promise from the first book in the trilogy, The Hatching. The Spiderpocalypse reaches its endgame and the fate of humanity hangs in the balance.
Boone pulls a lot of the plot threads together for his finale. The administration is on the run (again). Shotgun’s weapon doesn’t work. Or maybe it works much better than it was supposed to. And the spiders aren’t done introducing tricks of their own. The original ravenous hordes of coin-sized spiders and the softball-sized red stripes whose bite leaves people able to feel pain but unable to move aren’t the end of it.
Zero Day is an effective finale, but some plot threads don’t really lead anywhere. The slice of life stuff was also starting to wear out its welcome. I still maintain the Hatching series would have been better as a single, thick, standalone book rather than a trilogy of three short-ish volumes.
But all in all, I love this series. It’s delightfully scary. I complain half-heartedly now, but the slice of life stuff gets you invested in the characters as a reader—at least for the characters key to the plot. The third book really ratchets up the tension with a political situation that gets as hairy as the spiders. Most impressively, Zero Day sticks the landing. Boone brings the Spiderpocalypse to a close in a way that is satisfying on all counts. But maybe what I like best about the series it that it isn’t as nihilistic as so much apocalyptic fiction, including the show on in front of me as I write this review (The Walking Dead). Zero Day is replete with acts of heroism and kindness.
By the way, this is the first volume to really suggest that the Spiderpocalypse isn’t taking place in what is effectively the present day. Zero Day opens with the return of the first manned mission to Mars and later indicates that there were two presidents between Obama and Stephanie Pilgrim.
4.5 of 5 Stars.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of Zero Day from the publisher.