After reading all the “Skitter” reviews lately, I was so excited to start this series!
But when I went to purchase both books, only this one was available on Kobo (Booooo!) and Netgalley will make me wait for eons, but I digress. I loved this book but when I got to the end, I became frantic! “Where was the rest of the bloody book??? And how am I reading the epilogue already?!!” As you can imagine, I was left bereft and wanting more. I though I purchased a sample by accident. Then I wondered if this was supposed to be a short story. WTF??? This is just not fair! I think The Hatching is the shortest “novel” I’ve ever read and now I think this was a brilliant tactic to leave readers drooling for more.
The Hatching (Release Date: July 5, 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.
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I wanted to give this book all kinds of stars! But, I feel like I was robbed! Full price on Kobo is $9.99 plus tax and I don’t feel like I got my money’s worth. I’m actually more than just a little annoyed, but if I’m going to be honest, this won’t stop me from wanting to read the follow-up novel, Skitter (The Hatching #2). I just hope it is a full-length novel.
Ok I’ve complained enough about what was wrong with this book. (Yes, I only had a problem with its length) Everything else was pretty damn good. It was fun, creepy and had non-stop action right from page one. I’m not afraid of spiders so I didn’t get the willies reading it or anything. I did however, think that this was a fantastic spin on the whole world-wide plague causing the apocalypse thing.
The writing was sound, the premise original and frankly, I’m a sucker for creature features, so I loved it. For the record: I’m still annoyed!