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Review: Zero Day by Ezekiel Boone – The Hatching #3

The final instalment of a horror series featuring killer spiders that send the world into apocalypse mode.

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I have loved this series since I received my first ARC for it. I’ve never been scared of spiders, but The Hatching had me feeling differently. I loved both The Hatching and Skitter, the 2nd book in the series, so I was super excited to know how it would all conclude. Here is my review:

Zero Day book cover

Zero Day

by Ezekiel Boone

Published January 27, 2018 by Atria Publishing
Series: The Hatching
ISBN: 1501125125

Data from Goodreads

Summary (Goodreads): The world is on the brink of apocalypse. Zero Day has come.

The only thing more terrifying than millions of spiders is the realization that those spiders work as one. But among the government, there is dissent: do we try to kill all of the spiders, or do we gamble on Professor Guyer’s theory that we need to kill only the queens?

For President Stephanie Pilgrim, it’s an easy answer. She’s gone as far as she can—more than two dozen American cities hit with tactical nukes, the country torn asunder—and the only answer is to believe in Professor Guyer. Unfortunately, Ben Broussard and the military men who follow him don’t agree, and Pilgrim, Guyer, and the loyal members of the government have to flee, leaving the question: what’s more dangerous, the spiders or ourselves?

My Review

The Pros: What worked for me

  • The writing was great, which made this novel move along at a fast pace. Even though not a lot was happening in terms of action, all of the plot holes were filled and I appreciated that the author caught the readers up on things from the previous novels that may have been forgotten.

The Cons: What I didn’t like

  • There wasn’t as much action as in the previous novels in this trilogy. For a novel about killer spiders, I was hoping to be terrified out of my mind – but a spider only showed up at the halfway point of the book. Most of this novel was political, and it let me down because the previous novels were all so high-impact and adrenaline-fueled.
  • In this series, the reader is introduced to various characters so that there is a full picture of how this spider issue affects everyone around the world. However, this final book made me question its usefulness. So many of these side stories fizzled out in disappointing ways. It would have been better to just have a few core story lines instead.

I know it sounds like I didn’t love this novel. And you’re right, I didn’t love it. But it was still quite good. I liked the writing, and the way the story ended. I was super invested in this series, which is probably why I enjoyed this last book despite it not being as action-packed as I had hoped. If you like creepy stories, I would definitely recommend checking this series out; it is honestly so good and it’s worth reading! I’m giving this book a 3/5 stars!

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