Published by Atria Books on July 5th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction, Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic, Thrillers, Suspense
ARC provided by Atria Books
An astonishingly inventive and terrifying debut novel about the emergence of an ancient species, dormant for over the thousand years, and now on the march.
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.
Wow! I finished reading this book in record time. The main reason is because I couldn’t put it down. There was no safe place to stop reading. This story starts right off with tense scenes and gives us loads of characters to follow as the shit hits the fan.
This story unfolds like great fiction. We follow an FBI agent, a scientist, a couple of preppers, and a few marines, as scary things start happening throughout the world. First, a nuclear bomb is dropped by China, on China. They say it was an accident, but then India goes dark. Some creepy video is released, but is it real? A plane with a billionaire crashes into a high school in Minneapolis, and the bodies are harboring something awful. When an unmanned cargo ships crashes into Los Angeles, it becomes very clear to everyone that no where in the world is safe.
The basic premise of this book is that, for whatever reason, we are being invaded by a no longer dormant species (or species’) of flesh eating spiders. That makes the book sound simple and unbelievable, but this is not. The author spins this story into something that I could easily see being the thing of nightmares. The characters, although there are many, are well fleshed out, and the story focuses on what we need to know. This story takes us all over the world and gives us snippets of who is doing what about the invasion.
This story is written in such a brilliant manner. We don’t spend too much time with any one character, and still, I had no trouble keeping track of who was who. I grew attached to everyone and couldn’t even pick a favorite. The billionaire, who knows he is past his prime. The agent, who just realized his ex is moving on. The scientist who has dedicated her life to researching species of spiders. The marines who are on the front lines. The preppers who just want to live out their natural life span. All of the characters are all worth rooting for.
The only thing negative I could say about this is that the ending kinda fell flat. I was bummed enough about the ending to knock off a star. This was worth a read though if you enjoy horror. Oh, but don’t read this if you are afraid of spiders! I am not even sure how I am going to sleep tonight. Every sound is scaring me, every itch is terrifying. If you are into horror, get this book. It is creepy enough not be missed!