I ate this book up in a day!
I waited for this book for months, anxious to hear the conclusion of the first story (The Hatching) that made me both cringe, spastically swat at my body and whine like a two-year old, all at the same time, while begging for more of the narration! The story, Skitter by Ezekiel Boone, makes you do all of those things. It's insanely fun and full of gore that keeps a horror fanatic like me effectively entertained.
So what in the world is a book called Skitter about, you ask? Last year I listened to The Hatching (which was amazing, btw! [5-stars]) in a day. Understand, I'm in no way a spider lover. As a matter of fact, whenever I find an undesirable in my home, I do my best to 'shoo' them out, via a brisk broom and dustpan. But when it comes to spiders, I usually kill them out-right. Yup- do not pass go, nor the collect $200. They die. But these spiders, you can't just kill them. They literally skitter about, like an eight-legged shoal. A greedy, monstrous, infectious wave with two objectives...
When they bite you, you become diseased; a walking breeding ground, or nest for hundreds of the flesh-eating things- but later, they erupt from you. The city of Los Angeles is lost, but the government isn't able to move fast enough, nor are they telling the public the entire truth concerning the fate of the world. AND THEN, there's more, but if I tell you, I'd have to kill you. The story changes so much, then, just like that- it ends.
So now for the negative on my wanna-be fav author. Skitter is what I'd call a filler book. The story advances from book one, but not by much. I understood the story expounding on bits of the The Hatching, but I felt there should have been more. If Boone was going to go backwards and reflect, I wish he'd given tons more on the revisits. Instead, he bounced. He hopped from location to location- as near as Chicago and as far as Oslow, Norway - but only to offer up morsels of the incidents I already knew about. That freaking frustrated me to no end! I kept waiting for more, but sadly, I received them not.
We did advance concerning our violent, ecological harvestmen. Now that was pretty interesting and nerve-wrecking for me, as well as those poor, poor victims. I felt so bad for those who got to meet our newest enemies... too bad I didn't get to. They're to come.
Looking out for book three, but for now, I'm on to the next read. Cheers!
Skitter, A Novel
The Hatching series, #2
Atria/Emily Bestler Books
May 2nd, 2017
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