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Sie sind da. Und sie sind nicht aufzuhalten.+++ Fleischfressende Spinnen haben Los Angeles, Oslo, Delhi und Rio de Janeiro befallen. +++ Millionen von Menschen sind weltweit gestorben. +++ Da gibt die Wissenschaftlerin Melanie Guyer Entwarnung. Die Spinnen sterben, die Plage scheint überstanden. +++ In Japan wird ein Kokon gefunden, der Spinneneier gigantischen Ausmaßes enSie sind da. Und sie sind nicht aufzuhalten.+++ Fleischfressende Spinnen haben Los Angeles, Oslo, Delhi und Rio de Janeiro befallen. +++ Millionen von Menschen sind weltweit gestorben. +++ Da gibt die Wissenschaftlerin Melanie Guyer Entwarnung. Die Spinnen sterben, die Plage scheint überstanden. +++ In Japan wird ein Kokon gefunden, der Spinneneier gigantischen Ausmaßes enthält. +++ In Los Angeles verlassenen Überlebende die Quarantänezone mit Waffengewalt. Weltweit müssen die Regierungen einsehen: Der Ausnahmezustand kann nicht aufgehoben werden. +++ Jetzt muss die Präsidentin der USA mit einer schrecklichen Nachricht an die Presse: Jeder ist auf sich alleine gestellt. +++Nervenzerreißende Spannung - Gegen diesen Thriller haben Sie keine Chance!...

Title : Skitter
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ISBN : 31206128
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Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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Skitter Reviews

  • karen
    2018-12-03 13:03

    the calm before the swarm…the driving force of this book is more about what has happened and what is going to happen rather than what is happening now. this is a world united in one specific concern, specifically that of:…one of these egg sacs opening up and a torrent of spiders devouring him or laying eggs inside his body so that at some undetermined future date he'd suddenly split open so that spiders could go ahead and eat some other people.that's not to say that nothing happens in this book, because A LOT happens, but the bulk of it is concerned with addressing the aftermath of all the spidery mayhem - how do you get people out of a destroyed city, what do you do to prevent further infestations, how much information should be shared with the public to avoid mass panic, what to do about suddenly limited resources, and what the hell WERE those things, anyway? which means that a lot of the book is spent in tactical strategy meetings, where decisions will be made that will determine the fate of the survivors. government, military, media, scientific specialists all weigh in throughout the course of the novel, as new spidery developments suggest that this is only the beginning, and the worst is still to come. never fear, this one is just as good as the last, and it's important to have a little downtime to make the story more than just SPIDERS KILLING EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME, as fun as that can be.everyone who made it out of the last one is back, and there are a few new characters, as well as many that are introduced just to become spider-food, so don't get too attached. and while i still don't understand what those folks in scotland are adding to the overall story (nor do i understand the purpose of the hawaii segment introduced on this one), i'm still charmed by them, particularly since i can relate to an elderly crank mystified by technology:…he started poking at the phone. It looked like a chicken pecking for corn. Not surprisingly, since he hadn't actually unlocked the home screen, nothing happened. "How in the devil's name do you operate this thing?" Padruig said. "This infernal contraption is cursed.""It's just a phone, Padruig, not an instrument of Satan."Padruig harrumphed. "It might as well be. You can trace the decline of modern civilization to these things."i'm with you, buddy. forget the spiders, it's the damn cellphones that are rooning the world.like any good aftermath novel, there's a sprawling cast of characters from across the globe, and while we are provided with some very specific background on them:She had the name and voice of a lifelong Brooklyn Jew, but her parents were both Cambodian, and she had, apparently, been born and raised in a small town in Georgia, before going to Princeton and then getting scooped up by the military.critics of the book might point out that the voices of the characters might not sound super-authentic or varied and the japanese scientist comes across as a less-cussy mark watney with his american cadence and tone, but critics should be reminded that it's not that kind of book.so what kind of a book is it?I like to blow shit up, sir. Tanks are good for that."it's that kind of book.it's the kind of book where characters can say:…while the horror was pretty horrible in a horrible sort of way, it was also a generic sort of horrible.and only the most joyless readers will complain.it's the kind of book where preppers are king:It was, undeniably, the coolest end of the world hideout Gordo had ever seen. But it was so well thought out they were basically just killing time. There wasn't much to do. Other than invent a homemade flamethrower.and they are living it up."I was a little afraid it would be anticlimactic, but nope. Shooting a flamethrower is exactly as cool as I thought it would be.it's a michael bay kind of book, and it even gives a little shout-out to my favorite m.b. film, which i feel no shame in loving:He knew there was a reason for him to be here. The hero wasn't going to die in vain. If he couldn't be Bruce Willis in Die Hard, he could be Bruce Willis in Armageddon, staying on that asteroid to save the human race, a worthwhile sacrifice.it's better written than many of its kind - it's more pulp-adjacent than true pulp, owing in part to the rich ethnic and sexual diversity of its cast of characters, and in part to its more thoughtful examination of the crisis this time out.it ends with several loose ends, so i am confident that part three will come our way, and judging by what's been percolating throughout this middle book, it is going to be spectacular.unimportant but of interest to me - i read the arc, and recent events have pretty much screwed up one character's stoic resignation to being a cubs fan, and i wonder if that will get edited out in the final copy. i hope not, because i liked the observations that were made about "new" red sox fans who haven't had to go through the same experience as sox fans of yore.***********************************************oh my god, when did that cover go up?? i can't WAIT!!! GIVE TO ME THE SPIDERS!!!!

  • Bradley
    2018-12-11 12:09

    I'm probably going to make certain people very mad I say I think I like this better than WWZ. It has the same feel even if it's not as cosmopolitan and it's not written in epistolary format. But most importantly, it has the vast character support and the feel of a world gone very wrong.Because it's SPIDERS! Waves and waves of all kinds of spiders, quick eggs, exploding people, feeding frenzy, and many many cities are lost. It's total chaos! And here's book two. The fast feeding is almost done. Now we've got the second wave of spiders and all the survivors plodding on or deciding to end it all.And then there's the Spanish Solution. Not having a good time? Let's blow up the infrastructure and fracture the population and cross our fingers!These poor people are not having a good day. And the best part is... It's epic! And easy read! And it's not quite as long as all those doorstopper SF dystopian catastrophe novels I used to read from the seventies and eighties, but it certainly has the *feel* down to a science.I honestly liked this one better than the first book. It may be due to the fact I've finally grown to like the survivors and maybe it's because I've gotten to enjoy the ebb and flow of the action and events and maybe I just like where we are in the overall story. Things are bad and getting worse and now we're deep in the new religious fanaticism and we can expect the really bad consequences of that in the third book.I can't wait. This is great horror-SF. :) Total popcorn, even.If I was a bit cynical, I might like to point out that this could have been written for an epic disaster SF tv show, assuming it had a decent budget. :) It feels RIGHT.

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    2018-12-14 10:02

    I've read a lot of post-apocalyptic and dystopian novels in my time because quite honestly, they fascinate me. They fascinate me with the what ifs and oh my gosh I can see that happenings and while those things, those ideas have freaked me out at times, none of them have horrified me the way this series has.This series is captivating, engaging and completely terrifying. I've never read a book that has had me both enthralled with the horribleness of it and also jumping and itching at every little flash of light I see out of the corner of my eye. Nor has one ever made em afraid to enter a dark room at night with the possibility of what if there is a spider on the floor or what if one falls from the shower wall onto me when I least expect it. I swear I have looked into every dark crook and cranky, on the lookout for the little buggers because oh my heck, this book is one of my very worst nightmares re imagined and brought to life. I've always been squeamish of spiders, I mean the suckers have eight legs and move super fast and can pretty much squeeze into impossibly tight spaces but even though I didn't like them, even though I kill them on sight most days, I've never been terrified of them...until now, thank you very much. I can't even begin to tell you how hooked I am on this series. How real it could very well be. I mean come on people, spiders are unassuming and clever and in some cases deadly. I mean, why not?This series truly is in my top ten not just reads of the year, but all time series, it was that well written, imagined, and plotted out. Told in multiple point of views, all throughout the world, this truly was mesmerizing, addictive, and like a train wreck all rolled into one. It was hard to resist, hard to put down, and one of those reads you both don't want to read further because you are so bloody scared but also can't even begin to have enough will power to resist. I am forever both happy I read this and more than likely scared for life because of it.I will never look at a simple house spider, or any spider, the same way again and I can't wait for more!*ARC copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  • Laura
    2018-11-17 09:48

    The question they should have been asking was how much worse could it get?I lovedThe Hatching with it's awesome concept that both thrills and frightens, so I was more than ready to dive into the sequel. For those who haven't read the first book, it is basically the end of the world as carnivorous spiders invade the world. Does this catch your interest? Stop reading this review and go pick up the first book now.The series (at least so far) does an excellent job at both addicting, fast-paced thrills (seriously..I could not stop reading) and cannot stand the sight of a spider for the life of me scares. For real. Unfortunately for me, I finished reading the book and an upstairs plumbing issue arises. To shower, I needed to go to the basement. And not even exaggerating, I counted 8 different spiders in the tiny bathroom and was frozen in fear. Never has my fear of spiders been this bad. I can usually take action and do what I need to do around the little dudes. But nope..not happening. This series has forever changed the way I think of spiders. It takes that fear to a whole other level.Anyway, back to this specific sequel. The story picks up right where The Hatching left off - 10 days after the egg sac was shipped to Melanie. Once again told through multiple perspectives, several recurring but also some characters we only visit for a chapter, "one & done" if you will. I really love the way the story starts with Win's chapter. It's a unique, fun way to start this type of post-apocalyptic story with someone who isn't yet aware of what happened. You'll see what I mean.And of course, multiple locations throughout the world are covered. I counted at least 23 different cities covered among the chapters. There honestly might have been more. It sounds overwhelming, but Ezekiel Boone does an amazing job at writing in this style, keeping each storyline distinct and interesting. Certain storylines are beginning to connect to one another, making a bit more sense why they are included.The book ends with several cliffhangers, an apparent specialty for this series or Boone particularly (it's hard to tell until he gives us more books). Now I'm very excited (and nervously) awaiting the final book in the series. Cannot wait to see what else Boone writes!Also.. can I just note my love of Claymore, the dog in the series. I wonder if others are feeling the same. My heart will break if he doesn't survive the last book.

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2018-12-10 11:53

    So, would Skitter be as good as The Hatching? That was what I hoped for when I started to read the book and after finishing it the same day as I started it can I only say that oh yes! It's just as creepy as the previous book and just as hard to put down.The story takes place after the first book ended (with an annoying cliffhanger gah!) and the world thinks the worst is over, the spiders are dead. The world is in ruin, but at least the danger is over, or is it? Now it seems that what happened in the first book was just the start, and now the fight for the survival of the whole human race starts all over again. And in North America the president faces a dilemma, to enact The Spanish Protocol or not...I love the structure of the book with several POV's and short chapters. It really makes the book nearly impossible to put down. Around 85% did I realize that the book would not be able to finish without some things unresolved and that I was looking forward to another cliffhanger. I suspected in the beginning of the book that this was the case and I was right.Skitter is a great horror book, perhaps not as gruesome as the first book. However, it has some really nasty parts and I recommend this book and the previous. However, you should really read The Hatching before you read Skitter.I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!

  • Angel Erin
    2018-11-30 10:04

    http://angelerin.blogspot.com/2016/11...Thank you to NetGalley for providing a free ebook copy of Skitter By: Ezekiel Boone in exchange for an honest review. Short Review Summary: I still have the heebie jeebies. When I read The Hatching (Click to read my review.) back in June I couldn't wait to get my hands on the sequel, Skitter. Even though the first one made me want to set my house on fire when I saw a spider I knew I had to read the next one. Skitter definitely gave me the heebie jeebies as well. Damn spiders are creepy!#SpidersAreCreepySkitter has the same style and writing as the first one and it's done just as well. The writing flows wonderfully and I was able to get right back into it easily. Also, Boone does a great job of reminding you what happened in The Hatching without dragging it out or being boring. I had no issues getting back into the story and that's not always the case for me with sequels.#EasyToGetBackIntoI like that Skitter has a lot about dealing with the aftermath and some tough choices that need to be made. Everyone is trying to figure out, what do we do now?? I really enjoyed seeing that and I can't wait to see what all will happen in the next book. Especially since this one leaves a few loose ends. #WhatNow?Overall Skitter is very well done and a bit creepy. Spiders terrify me, but I absolutely loved this book just as much as I did the first. Now I just have one issue. Since this one isn't out yet, how will I wait so long for book three???#WaitingIsTortureI recommend Skitter for fans of the Arachnophobia movie and to fans of apocalyptic novels. Also, if you read The Hatching and loved it, you definitely need to see what happens in book two! #CallingAllHorrorFans! #ScareYourselfWithSPIDERS!#ThenCallPestControl!

  • Trish
    2018-11-29 05:49

    As I already mentioned in my review for the first book, I'm not really afraid of spiders. Sure, some jumping ones can startle you but I don't suffer from arachnophobia although there sure are some freakish species out there. Still, spiders do seem uniquely qualified to be the stars of a horror/monster story.This is the second book about some mysterious spiders hatching after their discovery in Nasca and taking over the world. By now, millions of people have died in the first wave of attack, many others are infested so more spiders are hatching from the bodies. People therefore kill people, politicians scramble to control the situation, some people come up with pretty creative ways of defending their homes (from spiders but also from some idiots trying to take advantage of the situation), and scientists are still trying to figure out what the heck is going on and how to stop the spiders. All in all, it's chaos.This chaotic environment manifests itself (amongst other things) in the continuous multiple POVs from around the world. It's not a bad idea, actually, but like in the first book I'm just not really invested. Except for the two survivalist couples, nobody stood out to me.What really irked me was that although this is a horror/monster book, there is by far not enough the spiders DO. Don't get me wrong: they do attack and breed and stuff, but we get to experience little of it first-hand because whenever someone dies for example (not only from a spider attack but also by human interaction) it's like the screen fades to black or we hear about it in conversations or reports after the fact. Very dissatisfying.I hope the story will not veer into the humans-are-the-actual-problem direction as that would be a disappointment after the huge set-up of the crawly enemies and the mystery around their origin/hibernation.

  • Erin Clemence
    2018-12-03 04:53

    “Skitter” is the second novel in Ezekiel Boone’s super creepy spider series, “The Hatching”. In “Skitter”, the first wave of spiders have been abolished but soon, egg sacs are found and spiders start hatching. However, now there are two different kinds of spiders with different objectives. Humans are being used as breeding grounds and as food and the United States is in pieces. Other parts of the world are also discovering these egg sacs, and researchers are scrambling to find out their origin and more importantly- how to get rid of them. This novel, like Boone’s first, has scores of characters, many of whom appeared in the first novel and even some we are meeting for the first time. His plethora of characters really complement the novel, adding to the horror of how far spread the infestation really is and how far-reaching its effects are. It was nice to see the return of some of my favourite characters from “The Hatching” as well, Mike and his family as well as President Stephanie and her entourage and the scientist Melanie and her crew, and be able to catch up where we left off with them. This novel is downright creepy- it is written beautifully (if such a thing is possible) with a well-developed plot and characters who are honest and real. I thought this novel was the last in the series but as I neared the end I realized that another novel was imminent (and indeed a third is being released in the spring), as this novel wrapped up with as much tension and suspense as its predecessor. This novel reads like a movie and it definitely has the chops to be developed into one if the author chooses to, but Hollywood could not do this story justice- there is just something creepy about the pulsing, sticky egg sacs tucked into small corners of the population that could not be brought forth to the big screen. This novel does not have a lot of blood, guts and gore ( although there is a little bit, of course) but it surpasses any horror story I have read in a long time. The realism and possibility of this novel make it so much more believable and all the more haunting. A creepy good read for those who really want to be scared by monsters far scarier than zombies or vampires.Skitter, skitter, skitter…..

  • Emma
    2018-12-05 12:42

    This was the blockbuster sequel I was waiting for: bigger, bolder, freakier. Not only was the style much tighter, the content was more explosive. While inevitably you are left wanting because Ezekiel Boone can't help himself with these damn cliffhanger endings, the rest of the book was tense as hell. I've spent the whole read feeling itchy and I keep noticing cobwebs everywhere... I'd honestly rather deal with zombies; if we can choose our End of the World theme, it's not going to be the spiderpocalypse (yes, it's awful but you can blame him, not me).The implications for the last book are somewhat severe. Anyone who hasn't seen Eight Legged Freaks perhaps needs to use it as a form of research and preparation for the serious escalation that's coming. I'm going to need a heart monitor and some kind of resuscitation unit.Thanks to Ezekiel Boone, Atria Books, and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this review copy. All opinions are my own.

  • Char
    2018-12-05 07:51

    SPIDERS! HELL YEAH!Even though I loathe the things in real life, I find them so entertaining to read about when done well. Skitter is doneverywell!We start right whereThe Hatchingleft off, (which was with a cliffhanger), and I found it quite easy to slip right back into this world-well, what's left of it, anyway. I keep expecting some kind of weird Star Trek time anomaly or something, because I just can't believe what's happened with the United States and the planet. Ezekiel Boone does not shy away from death, or what I think would be the ultimate response to such an invasion. That surprised and delighted me.The main characters here are still interesting while the creature feature portions are entertaining. Perhaps all the things happening are not quite realistic, but who cares? Skitter is fun for those who like their spiders fast and hungry.These 300+ pages flew by and I had a blast reading them. If you enjoy creature features, with a little bit of scientific and military action thrown in, and with character viewpoints from around the world, The Hatching and Skitter should work well for you. Skitter is a fast, fun, chittering thrill ride and I enthusiastically recommend it! Bring on the next!*Thank you to NetGalley and Atria for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

  • Steven
    2018-12-12 12:45

    Ezekiel Boone, why are you doing this to me? You can't leave me hanging like this!!!! How long will I have to wait, unable to move or scream or even blink, for the third book?If you weren't terrified of spiders before this series... if book one didn't increase that fear tenfold... then this book HAD to have seriously upped the scary level enough to produce some semblance of a reaction. Like man-eating swarms of spiders wasn't enough... like spiders that cut a hole and slip into your body unnoticed and lay eggs that burst forth like the movie alien couldn't be sufficient, Boone succeeds in kicking the fear up a notch. The spiders from the first book? Yeah, they're just the first wave... and wait until you see the second...Awesome books. Fast and easy to read -- very movie-like quality to them. I'm super excited for book three. Too bad book two's actual release (this was an ARC) is months away, meaning book three is probably a year away at least. Oh well, it's not like I'm going anywhere, wrapped in silky threads and unable to scream... I'll be here... waiting for what's coming.Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    2018-12-16 10:03

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.I am really enjoying this series. I have had a copy of this book for a long time. I had planned to read it around the publication date but for some reason it didn't happen. I am glad that I was able to get to it now because it really is a great story. This is the second book in the Hatching series which is a series that really does need to be read in order since this is a continuation of the story from the first book. I ended up enjoying this book just as much as the first book.I really like the way that this story is told. I don't think it would work for every book but it does work well with this story. We get to see the outbreak from a lot of different points of view instead of following only a handful of characters. Sometimes we get a point of view and never encounter that character again. Other times, we get to see a point of view at various points in the story. All of these points of view helps to really paint a picture of the outbreak across the globe.The spider outbreak in the first book was bad and many had hoped that would get better. It looks like it might be getting better. The spiders seem to have died off a bit and the pods are being taken care of. Unfortunately, things can get worse. Much worse. The spider outbreak takes a turn that is truly frightening and it was really interesting to see how things were developing and how the key characters would deal with it.This was a really exciting story. I couldn't wait to see what would happen next with the spider outbreak and was also eager to find out what the authorities would decide to do to handle things. I couldn't imagine being responsible or having people look to you for answers during a time like this. Whenever I had a guess about how things would go, I would quickly find out that I was wrong so I just kept turning pages to enjoy the story.I would recommend this series to others. This creepy crawly story was very original and entertaining. I ended up most of the book in a single evening because I had to see how things would work out. I am really excited to start the next book, Zero Day, very soon.I received an advance reader edition of this book from Atria/Emily Bestler Books via NetGalley.Initial ThoughtsI love the way this story is laid out. We learn what is going on in the world piece by piece. Some of the characters from the first book play important roles in this book and we meet some new characters. Lots of creepy crawly goodness here.

  • Greg
    2018-11-23 12:45

    This isn’t any sort of brilliant observation. There is this guy who is famous in copywriting circles, and I don’t know what it says about people that his observation is considered insightful or that people paid him a bunch of money to teach them this basic idea. But his thing is when you’re writing an ad, or I guess any piece of persuasive writing, the job of the headline is to get someone’s attention. Or to put it in the way that is supposed to make his observation unique, it’s to get someone to read the first sentence. And then the job of the first sentence is to get them to read the second sentence. And so on until you get to where you want to get the person to do whatever it is you are trying to persuade them to do. That’s pretty obvious, right? I was thinking of this when I finished Skitter, the second in Ezekiel Boone’s trilogy about human-eating spiders. This book is the first sentence in the nonsense I was talking about above. The headline in this strained example would be the first book. It’s big and over the top. It’s got a great hook… apocalypse via bad ass spiders. The third book will (I assume, I haven’t read it yet, so this isn’t a spoiler, just a guess) will the pay-off. How the spiders are beaten (or maybe how they win, but my money would be on the spiders lose).And the second book? It’s moving the reader from the possibly impossible to survive from the set up in book one to the resolution in book three. Its job is to guide/pull/convince/lure the reader from the first book to the third book. And it does a good job at that. I definitely enjoyed it.But I was left wondering if I didn’t have an ARC of the third book sitting on top of my to-read pile would I have liked it as much? As a stand-alone book there isn’t a lot of payoff here. And maybe there rarely is in the second book of a planned trilogy, although I’m thinking of a few that are able to be a set-up story and have it’s own satisfying action or conclusion. The cynical, or maybe it’s just cheap, part of me was wondering what I would have thought of the book if I’d bought the first one, and then purchased this one while it was still in hardcover. What would I have thought if I’d paid 26 bucks to read this set-up novel for the inevitable big finale? And then it got me thinking about would I even consider the idea of paying $78 to read a story (in hardcover) about total disaster via spiders? (similar thinking has occurred in the past. After reading the first Terry Pratchett Discworld novel I remember thinking, that was ok, but if I continue reading do I really want to spend over $200 to read this series? Or more recently deciding to pass on being interested at all in the very ambitious but also expensive Mark Z. Danielewski 27 book series (which if you don't buy the books at any sort of discount will be about $750) he’s churning out)On the flip side, if you grouped all of those together and just released a thousand page spider novel would anyone buy it? That would be a hard sell, people aren’t all that excited to buy giant wrist straining books…and it would probably be a harder initial sale because the cover price would have to be bumped up to closer to thirty or thirty-five dollars. Anyway, I enjoyed it though, and I’m very thankful to my best friend, Karen, for lending me her copies of all three novels in the series!Dumb unprofound thought two.I’m worried about where this series is going to go. I imagine it’s very difficult to be a writer who comes up with wonderfully catastrophic plots. It must be a lot of fun to think them up and then write the destruction and cool shit. What’s the worst most fucked up things I can throw at people!The problem then becomes how do I make a satisfying conclusion to what I’ve created? Especially if you follow any sort of traditional story structure and have a hero who overcomes adversity. There is no story if Skynet just kills all the people when it goes online, or if it’s able to just erase the past. It might be momentarily given an interesting reaction to the reader/viewer/whatever, but for most people, it’s not all that satisfying in terms of being a story. I imagine it’s easy for writers treading down this path to make it too difficult for themselves to give a satisfying ending. If you make the villain too powerful, the situation just too dire, how do you get out of the corner you painted yourself in to? With the exception of maybe Buffy the Vampire Slayer, where for some reason it was totally accepted that usually didn’t feel cheap at all that some magical amulet or some shit like that would turn up right at the brink of disaster (of course Giles has the stone of reversing just sitting around the high school library, why wouldn’t he), these magical dei ex machina usually feel as cheap and contrived as the Bat Shark Repellant hanging off of Adam West’s utility belt. And my fear probably just comes from the traumatizing effects of investing any mental energy into the show Lost. “Shit, you mean people like this show and now we need to come up with answers to all the mysteries and questions we threw out there. Oh fuck, let’s just have them turn a big wheel and see if the viewers will just go away”. I’m very curious to see how this will all wind up, and hopefully, my fears of it being an unsatisfying conclusion won’t be true.

  • Petra
    2018-12-05 06:56

    Skitter continues right where The Hatching ended. The first wave of spiders has died but the second wave is coming...Just like the first book, this reads like a gripping action movie that you can't help but stare at incredulously whilst wishing you weren't seeing/feeling half of what you are. I'm surprised at how well all the different perspectives worked. It never became confusing at all. I liked that there was more emphasis on the human stories this time around. A great blend of horror, adventure, thriller, drama, mystery and apocalyptic fiction. I really enjoyed the humor, too. While I've learnt from the previous book not to get too attached to any of the characters - some characters' purpose seems to be simply as spider food - I'm still particularly fond of the characters up in Scotland. But I still can't work out how they fit into the bigger picture. The ending leaves room for the final installment. Not quite as scary as the first book, but great fun and pure escapism. I'm looking forward to the third book (and the movie?!).I received an ARC via NetGalley.

  • KC
    2018-12-11 07:40

    I would like to thank Edelweiss, Atria Books, and Ezekiel Boone for the advanced digital copy in exchange for an honest review. This is Boone's second installment in The Hatching trilogy and it certainly did not disappoint. The race for mankind is still underway against the terrible infestation of flesh-eating spiders. This story is certainly not for the feint of heart. I am looking forward to the next chapter of this heart pounding tale.

  • The Captain
    2018-11-16 05:50

    Ahoy there me mateys! I know that I just reviewed the first novel of this series, the hatching, yesterday. But I just couldn’t help but need more of the swarm of massive creepy flesh eating spiders. I had to know what happened next! This review won’t contain spoilers but well it does talk about a sequel so if ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . .So first of all, this is a series where ye should definitely read book one first. Secondly I did not know this series was a trilogy. I thought it was a duology. So yes this book does have a middle book feel but not in a bad way – not at all.The first book was action packed and the spiders were nasty. That book would be what I call the first wave. This book is what I would call the calm before the storm at high seas. Ye know that hurricane is coming but all ye can do is batten down the hatches, hunker down, and prepare fer the worst that mother nature has to offer. And the glimpse of the skittering that mother nature may have to offer in the next book is terrifying indeed.Book two had a completely different feel as the first but was just as awesome. It has action, politics, revisiting old acquaintances (hello spider scientist!), some new characters, some new characters that become spider food, and above all – a building of tension. The fear in the air is thickening, the skies are growing dark, and the hurricane headed yer way might not just be a solitary storm on the horizon. Prepare to die and meet Davy Jones!Of course despite the odds, I want to always go down fighting. I cannot wait to see if the world is going to survive day zero with the spiders. It’s looking grim. Sadly I will have to wait until book three comes out on February 27, 2018 to watch it all unfold. Good news is that ye can catch-up on the story in the meantime. Arrr!Check out me other reviews at https://thecaptainsquartersblog.wordp...

  • Spencer
    2018-11-26 11:58

    This book left me feeling ambivalent, as I did enjoy the book and I recognise that Ezekiel Boone is a good writer but the story didn't have the punch of the first and seemed to mainly tread water before the next book. The story starts off well and kept my attention, but by the end I felt like very little progress was made and wondered what had happened to the exciting story of the first book in the series. Despite the issues I have, I will definitely read the next instalment as I would really like to see where the story goes and hopefully get some answers to the many questions that are raised! I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in return for a fair and unbiased review.

  • Laura Rash
    2018-12-08 09:58

    Ezekiel Boone has the talent to write a story that makes you squirm in your seat with discomfort but never stop READING! The Hatching was probably my favorite read of 2016 & this one is going to go over huge with 2017 readers!

  • Steve
    2018-12-04 07:47

    I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Excellent second book in the Hatching series. The thing I like most about this book (and series) is how the author uses short vignettes with non-characters across the country and in several nations to create an incredible amount tension and move the plot forward, all without losing the viewpoint of the main characters.Good stuff!

  • Bandit
    2018-12-09 05:58

    Skitter. It's what comes next. A rare sequel to outshine its predecessor. Marginally, but enough to make a difference. Or maybe I was more in the mood for it. Either way, arachnopocalypse continues with this story that takes up right where the first one leaves off. More creepy crawly terror, all star cast returns and this time it seems less overwhelming to juggle the plotlines, but what I really enjoyed about this one is the author's use of vignette storytelling...chapters of nonrecurring onetime characters struggling to survive in this world gone mad. It gives Boone a chance to showcase his actual writing skills, since the rest of the book more often than not reads like a pure bombastic action movie. For all that, I wouldn't go as far as to describe it as literary horror, but it's tons of fun. If only the third one was out already, because this mostly mindless sort of fun doesn't exactly stick to memory for a year or so it takes to publish an entry into series. Very entertaining quick read for all the horror fans out there. Thanks Netgalley.

  • Tammie
    2018-12-16 05:42

    Great book-soooooooo long until the next one is out!

  • Sherry Fundin
    2018-12-12 08:05

    I HATE SPIDERS!Skitter by Ezekiel Boone is the continuation of The Hatching and the spiders are winning. If you weren’t afraid of spiders before, you will be after reading about the spider apocalypse.Millions of people around the world are dead and there is no end in sight.Melanie never thought she would become the most important woman in the world…but, here she is and the pressure is intense as she struggles to save the world.Would she succeed?Agent Mike Rich had been at ground zero, finding the very first spider and he hasn’t stopped since.People’s true colors come out when disaster occurs, and we have our share of heroes and villains. Do any of us know how we would act in a time of crisis? I would hope I would rise to the occasion. How about you?Would the war games, flu epidemics and disaster protocols the government has practiced and had in place for years…decades…succeed? We are about to find out.If you want something to keep you looking out the corner of your eye, jumping at the slightest perceived movement, slapping at the creepy crawlie feeling running up and down your arms, READ THIS!I voluntarily reviewed Skitter by Ezekiel Boone.To see more visit fundinmental

  • Roz
    2018-11-25 11:44

    Reading the series is probably not my best decision I've ever made, this is way too disturbing for my poor heart. I hate spiders, I hate them so much. While the spiders in the first book didn't scare me so much, this second book is just horrifying. We get less gruesome killings for the first half of the book and way more planning for the future and how to survive the apocalypse, but what spiders we get are just the worst. The spiders in the first book felt fake, somehow it never registered in my brain that I was reading a horror about those horrible creatures. Well, that problem (if you can call it that) certainly got taken care of in this book.. So damn scary. The weakest part of the series for me is Shotgun's storyline, I just don't want to read that for some reason. I'm just probably worried about the dog, though. Please don't hurt the dog! (What does it say about me that I don't care about the people, just the dog?) When will the next book come out? Soon, I hope.

  • Sandy
    2018-11-19 06:41

    4.5 stars They’re back and I have been waiting too long to read this sequel! The spider’s infestation has infected the whole world including the U.S. Every country is coming up with their own plan of attack to rid themselves of this deadly crisis. These black-legged creatures are making their way into barns, homes, garages, anyplace which is dark enough for them to lay their egg sacs. It’s staggering the amount of egg sacs these arachnids are producing and it’s staggering the number of arachnids these egg sacs will produce. Their destruction has everyone on edge. This was a great novel that carried over many of the features from the first novel. I liked that they had many of the same characters. I also enjoyed that it showed many of the main characters relying on others to assist them in their work. The main characters were not handing out commands, it was a team effort, people went to the main character for guidance and support and the main character welcomed input from others. I enjoyed the thoughts and the sights from the other parts of the globe and the community. The stories of their initial reaction to what was occurring, how they tried to prepare for what they thought might occur and their thoughts for their future, all of these changed depending on where that person was located and who that individual was. It was interesting following these stories throughout the novel. I didn’t think this novel was as intense or as creepy as the first novel, it was more of a deeper look into the behavior of the spiders and analyzing it. I am not ready to wait for another sequel though. Seriously, another cliffhanger?I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Atria Books in exchange for an honest review.

  • WendyB
    2018-11-18 09:53

    Absolutely among the best creature features I've ever read

  • Laura Thomas
    2018-11-24 05:58

    I really enjoyed The Hatching so it was a no brainer to continue with the series.Everyone breathes a sigh of relief. The spiders have died. Could it be over? Is it time to rebuild and get back to life as they know it? Not so fast.Scientists and experts have been studying the spiders and the egg sacs discovered hidden across the planet. They find some horrifying indications that the worst is yet to come. When it all starts falling apart again it’s every man for themselves as countries are devastated and drastic measures are taken to contain the threat.I was super excited for this book. I met some great characters that survived the first book and wanted to know what would happen to them. One group in particular, hiding in a luxury fall out shelter, were among my favorites. I could almost see them and had to laugh at some of things they said and did. And they had a dog too. Always love the furry companions. And worrying if it would be eaten by spiders sure added to my worries about the stories outcome.Even though the book had me jumping from one place to the next and one scenario to the next, it wasn’t hard to follow and I enjoyed the scientific parts. The only thing lacking was spiders. I wish there were more attacks. Sure, there were some, but I missed the endless hordes of spiders creeping and crawling, unstoppable and hungry.I didn’t realize the series didn’t end with Skitter. There’s an ending of sorts but lots more to be told. I’ll be waiting for what comes next.I received a complimentary copy. My review is voluntarily given.

  • Linda
    2018-11-16 08:02

    This was entertaining enough, but it just felt like more of the same from the first book. There were some great creepy "cocooning the prey" scenes, but I feel as if I'm at the same point I was at the end of the first book. Waiting for the sh*t to really hit the fan. So....hopefully we'll get that in the third and final book.

  • Brenda Ayala
    2018-12-06 12:51

    I keep hoping for more from this series, and being--while not disappointed exactly, certainly not overly enthusiastic either. I want more action! I want more spiders! Stop talking so much and showing me random people committing suicide! We know that stuff is happening, it always happens in a disaster scenario. That doesn't mean I want to read a whole chapter about it. I'm not in love but I desperately want to be. Hopefully the third one will have the climactic action scenes I want so much.

  • Justin Tate
    2018-11-29 10:04

    The Hatching was probably my favorite book of 2016 so I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. There are some horrifying moments to be sure, but overall it suffers from middle book syndrome. A lot of anticipation but not a lot of action. I love the characterization but many chapters could have been deleted to allow the action to move up. Possibly the significance of the boring sections will be revealed in the final book, but either way there was a lot of filler. We're also left with just as many questions as were left at the end of book 1. Still anxiously anticipating the final book.

  • Suzze Tiernan
    2018-12-05 04:49

    The good news is, if you haven't read The Hatching yet, you have 6 months before this sequel comes out. The bad news is, if you have read The Hatching you have to wait 6 months for this creepy sequel. And worse yet, I have no idea how long I have to wait for the third book in this series! Next time I see a spider, you will hear me screaming, no matter how far from Michigan you are. Yikes!