A horror/apocalyptic story with the name of The Hatching could only ever have insects as the subject. The Hatching has a large cast of characters, even when not including swarming hordes of spiders. In several apparently unrelated incidents reports of unusual spiders start to be whispered.
Spider expert, Melanie finds herself receiving an unusually old egg sack. When the spiders start to hatch Melanie discovers the terrifying truth of these ancient spiders.
I’m generally not that bothered by spiders, however I can understand why some people are. I was giggling a little whilst reading The Hatching, mainly at the point where scientist and spider lover Melanie fails to understand why people are scared of spiders. From talking to others about their arachnophobia, the most common reason being the way that spiders move. I found it amusing that the author didn’t pick up on that.
Anyway, that’s enough of my rambling! Back to the point I was trying to make, I think anyone who does have arachnophobia really aren’t good to enjoy this book. There are so many spiders! And these spiders are particularly nasty little blighters. Flesh eating, egg laying little blighters.
As I eluded to earlier, there really is a large cast of characters. At some points I had a little trouble remembering who is who. However, as the web is weaved (see what I did there?) it becomes clearer as to why we needed all the characters. I will say it was a little frustrating that some of the characters purposes won’t be revealed until the next book in the series.
On the whole I found The Hatching an enjoyable read. I’m going to give this 3.5 stars (however it will be rounded up to 4).
****Disclaimer, I purchased this book. This is my honest review and all opinions are my own****