Author: Ezekiel Boone
Publisher: Random House Canada
Release Date: February 27th, 2017
After a long-dormant species of carnivorous spiders hatches and overruns the globe, tens of millions of people have been killed and eaten, or worse…and US president Stephanie Pilgrim has had to order nuclear strikes on major American cities, roads and infrastructure to try to give the survivors a fighting chance. She and her close advisers, along with spider expert Melanie Guyer and her team of scientists, have retreated to a US Navy aircraft carrier off the East Coast to plot their next move when a mutiny breaks out that pits military men looking for a final solution against the president and her allies, who don’t think that blowing everything up is the right way to go. Pilgrim and her people escape to the one spider-free zone they’re certain of, setting up a White House in Manhattan. But how can they survive with the odds so stacked against them?
Still, they have no choice but to try… rallying the unlikeliest set of spider fighters on whom the fate of humanity rests.
Zero Day is the third and final book to The Hatching series, which I began to read in 2016. I was immediately hooked to the series and I’ve really enjoyed it. I was extremely excited to read this novel, and was looking forward to the conclusion of this series.
While the first book had some really graphic and terrifying scenes, I found that this book had very little action. There were very few thrilling scenes, which was unfortunate seeing as there were two books leading up to the climax in this novel. While I was happy to be reading about the characters I had been following in the first two novels, I just didn’t feel they were as important to the overall conclusion. Like I mentioned in my review for the second book, Skitter, I don’t think this story needed to be stretched out over three novels. There was nothing new or important that we learned about the spiders in this book. A lot of it was information we already knew from the previous books.
I still really enjoyed the writing, and I love the cinematic quality of it, but there was a lot of jumping around between different people. Sometimes, the scene was so brief that it felt like it had just been added so people would know where the character was and what was happening. It was extremely disjointed.
Also, the climax was over so fast! There was a random nuclear coup that took up the majority of the book, but the fight against the spiders occurred so quickly that it felt like the story wasn’t about the spiders at all. I didn’t even realize the climax had happened until I reached the end of the book. The whole ending was extremely rushed.
Overall, I was really disappointed by this concluding novel. I’d be interested in reading Ezekiel Boone’s future books, but I’d be hesitant to commit to another series written by him.