Author: Ezekiel Boone
Publisher: Atria/ Emily Bestler Books
Date of publication: July 2016
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 government “accidentally” drops a nuclear bomb in an isolated region of its own country. As these incidents begin to sweep the globe, a mysterious package from South America arrives at a Washington, D.C. laboratory. Something wants out.
The world is on the brink of an apocalyptic disaster. An ancient species, long dormant, is now very much awake.
I'll start by saying that I am an arachnophobe. Big time! So I'm not sure how I survived this book. Actually, it wasn't as bad as I was expecting it to be, By that, I mean not as scary. I was more creeped out than anything. At the very least, I was certainly entertained. The premise of the book is that there is an ancient species of spider that has awakened and been set loose on the world.
The story is told through multiple points of view and in different places all over the world. As I said, this was more creepy than it was scary. Because ,there isn't a lot of suspense. This is the first book in a series and it felt like I was watching the first part of a made for TV mini-series. This first book sets up the series, with everyone learning about the threat, but not a ton of answers. The book ends with an epilogue, but it's really more of a cliffhanger and a clear setup for the next book, Skitter. Unfortunately, that doesn't come out until next year. If you are looking for a "horror" story, this really doesn't fit that category. But it's worth a read. If anything, you'll probably look at spiders differently!