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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

#CJSReads REVIEW: Zero Day by Ezekiel Boone @ezekiel_boone @atriabooks

Zero Day
by Ezekiel Boone

#CJSReads is loving on some spider horror!
Thank you to Atria Books for these copies. ❤
See my reviews for The Hatching (here) and Skitter (here).


Publisher:  Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Published: February 27, 2018
Kindle Edition
336 pages
Genre:  Horror
The Hatching Trilogy (#3)

Goodreads Synopsis:

In the finale of Ezekiel Boone’s Hatching series, the United States goes to war against the queen spiders that threaten to overtake the human race forever.

The world is on the brink of apocalypse. Zero Day has come.

The only thing more terrifying than millions of spiders is the realization that those spiders work as one. But among the government, there is dissent: do we try to kill all of the spiders, or do we gamble on Professor Guyer’s theory that we need to kill only the queens?

For President Stephanie Pilgrim, it’s an easy answer. She’s gone as far as she can—more than two dozen American cities hit with tactical nukes, the country torn asunder—and the only answer is to believe in Professor Guyer. Unfortunately, Ben Broussard and the military men who follow him don’t agree, and Pilgrim, Guyer, and the loyal members of the government have to flee, leaving the question: what’s more dangerous, the spiders or ourselves?

My Review:

If someone had told me I would read a trilogy about killer spiders taking over the world and would be raving about it, I would've told that person they were insane.  I hate bugs. All kinds... and especially spiders.  They're fascinating creatures, but I like to live as apart from them as I can.

One of the things I love about Boone's writing is how he can bring SO many characters to the table and yet it never gets confusing.  I found myself invested in every single one of them.  Quite frankly, I hope if anything like this ever WERE to happen, I would hope we had a Shotgun out there to help fight the good fight!  

The spiders have come in two waves now and we are the finale.  We get taken along through various POVs in all kinds of situations.... the government, a religious fanatic(ish), everyday people, scientists, the military, so on and so forth.  What I wanted a little bit more of? THE SPIDERS!  We got a lot more from them in books one and two and while I don't relish feeling like things are crawling over me as I'm reading... well, I actually did want MORE of that from this book too!  There were definitely a few parts that had me questioning every little thing that moved in my peripheral, but for the most part, the spiders seemed to take a back seat and in a finale, that was a tiny bit disappointing.  

And I'll admit the ending did seem a bit anti-climatic after everything from books one and two.  HOWEVER, I'm still rating this highly because I was glued to the pages.  I needed to know what was going to happen to each and every one of these people.  I'm also extremely grateful to those who dedicate their lives to learning about our co-inhabitants on this planet.  

In a nutshell, I had an absolute blast with this entire trilogy.  Truly, Boone is a fantastic storyteller and I look forward to whatever he has coming our way in the future.  And people, even if you're terrified of spiders, take a chance and read this trilogy anyways. Just do it!


Jessica's Review:

So, if you know me then you'll know that I hate bugs. I have a saying, if it has more than 4 legs, it can't be trusted. Well, this trilogy is probably fueling that fire. ZERO DAY by Ezekiel Boone is the final chapter in The Hatching trilogy about the end of the world due to spiders. NO THANK YOU.

What's more terrifying than millions of spiders? Well, those millions of spiders working as one under their queens. While the government is trying to find a way to avoid the apocalypse they are running out of options. Professor Guyer's theory is one of the few they have to go on - kill only the queens. 

With issues within the government and opposing thoughts on how to handle this epidemic, they're forced to leave and try to save themselves. Who is the bigger threat to the world? The spiders or the humans unwilling to work together to save it?

I highly recommend reading books one and two (The Hatching and The Skittering) before reading ZERO DAY. Things will make a lot more sense and you'll remain sufficiently creeped out. No lie, the whole time reading this and even typing this review I have that creepy-crawly feeling and keep swatting at my arms and legs. This is a great suspense series and you'll find yourself immersed in these spiders - not literally, thank god!

I give this one 4/5 stars!

Sam's Review:

YES! YES! YES!  I had been eagerly awaiting the third installment of The Hatching series since last year when I read Skitter last year.    Seeing the spiders hatch, take over and seeing the apocalypse on the horizon, I couldn’t wait to watch the United States go to war against the queen spiders; Zero Day by Ezekiel Boone had arrived!!  Truthfully, if anyone had told me that I would be anticipating a book about killer spiders, I would have looked at them like they were crazy.  But, alas, here we are!

One of my favourite things about the writing style of Boone is his ability to take tons of characters, both major and minor, and blend them effortlessly together.   All characters are fully developed and each with their own POV.  This could end up being confusing the Boone’s execution is brilliant and it ends u adding continuous layers to the plot. 

Another fast paced, action packed novel that had me up late into the night and my eyes glued to the pages, but, I have to say, I feel like the ending was a little lackluster for me.  I think I wanted a big SHABANG at the end and it turned out to be a little bit meh.  Mind you, this was a trilogy, so I knew it had to come to an end but I wish there would have been a bit more development so the ending could have been drawn out a little more. 

I know I will read anything that Boone publishes in the future and cannot wait to see what he will come up with next! 

4.5 stars.

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