It’s a double quickie!
Author: Ezekiel Boone
Series: The Hatching #1
Published by: Atria Books
Publication 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.
I love spiders! I’ve had a tarantula for about 15 years now. I love her and will be devastated when she dies. So hell yeah, I wanted to read The Hatching. Unfortunately, I wasn’t totally feeling it.
I really like the use of different perspectives from all over so readers can get the scope of what’s going on, and how certain individuals and places are impacted. However, it got boring pretty quick.
There are interesting moments regarding the spiders that I liked, though. I didn’t find it creepy, but I can see how other people would. I mean, hordes of spiders are devouring people, after all.
Honestly, I don’t totally dislike it. I mostly feel indifferent about it, but still curious enough to read the sequel.
I'm Thinking of Ending Things
Author: Iain Reid
Published by: Gallery Books
Publication Date: June 14, 2016
You will be scared. But you won’t know why…
In this deeply suspenseful and irresistibly unnerving debut novel, a man and his girlfriend are on their way to a secluded farm. What follows is a twisted unraveling and an unforgettable ending that will haunt you long after the last page is turned.
Jake and a woman known only as “The Girlfriend” are taking a long drive to meet his parents at their secluded farm. But when Jake takes a sudden detour leaving “The Girlfriend” stranded at a deserted high school, the story transforms into a twisted combination of the darkest unease, psychological frailty, and a look into the limitations of solitude.
With remarkable, masterful skill, Iain Reid builds a plot that steadily crescendos into a harrowing ending—one that will have you at the edge of your seats and one that you will never see coming.
The rambling … rambling … rambling … that was the horror of this book. I’m Thinking of Ending Things is aptly titled, because I was thinking of putting an end to the book the majority of the time. However, I needed to see where the road led (figuratively & literally) once it got to a certain point.
The clues are there, though, and it was fairly easy to figure out what was going on. There is an element of creepiness that I enjoyed and kept me invested, especially towards the end.
Unfortunately, it failed to impress. I sat there emotionless with a blank stare when it was over, wondering if that was it. I know people are praising its brilliance and all that jazz, and I get it. I promise, I really do. It’s just that I don’t care.