Friday, April 6, 2018

Review - Zero Day by Ezekiel Boone @ezekiel_boone @EmilyBestler

Zero Day by Ezekiel Boone
Series: The Hatching #3
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Publication Date: February 27, 2018
Date Read: March 31, 2018
Length:  336 pages
Source: NetGalley

In the thrilling, nerve-wracking finale of Ezekiel Boone’s “hair-raising” (Parade) 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?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35297544-zero-day
My Review

I had a good time with this book.  This is the third book in the Hatching trilogy which really needs to be read in order.  This book picks up right after the events of the previous book and the three books really tell just a piece of the overall story.  I  am really glad that I read the entire trilogy during the past couple of months because I was able to remember details of the story that I would have most likely forgotten if I had read them as they were published.  I found this book to be an entertaining page turner.

I really like the way that the story is told.  Just like the previous books in the series, the book is told from a large number of point of views.  Most of the characters that get a chance to help tell this story have played key roles in the earlier books but there is still the occasional viewpoint from someone new to the story.  Some point of views show up quite frequently while others show up only once.  This installment seemed to focus on the known characters a bit more with fewer one and gone point of views.

This is the final book in the trilogy so things are pretty dire at the start of the book.  This book really focused almost completely on the situation in the United States.  Things are not good.  There is the spider problem of course but the politics were almost as dangerous.  I found the politics and the spiders to be equally entertaining.  The scientists and the inventors were working hard to find a solution and it was a whole lot of fun watching them as they made discoveries.

I thought that this was a pretty exciting story.  There was enough action to really keep things interesting.  I also thought the the evolution of the spiders was very interesting.  There were a few moments that I had no idea how things would work out and there were some truly scary moments.  I thought that the ending was quite fitting.

I would recommend this series to others.  I thought that this was a really well told story with just enough of a creepy factor to keep things very interesting.  I will definitely be looking for more of Ezekiel Boone's writing in the future.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Atria/Emily Bestler Books via NetGalley.

The Hatching Series
Book #1 - The Hatching - My Review
Book #2 - Skitter - My Review
Book #3 - Zero Day
About the Author

Ezekiel Boone lives in upstate New York with his wife and children. He is the author of The Hatching, Skitter, and Zero Day.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

28 comments:

  1. I need to get started on this series...

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    1. I think that this is one you would like, Chuckles :)

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  2. I love an action filled book! This series sounds good and thanks for sharing !

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    1. There was enough action to keep me completely entertained.

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  3. Seems like this was a great final book for the series. After all your reviews for this series, I’m gonna have to give it a try.

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    1. I hope you enjoy it if you get the chance to read it, Jenea!

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  4. I'm really curious to see what he comes out with next. I hope he stays in the horror/thriller genre. Glad you enjoyed them. Now I just need to read books 2 and 3!

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    1. I am eager to see what kind of story he writes next. Hopefully, something as original as this series.

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  5. Glad this last one and the whole trio gave you a great reading experience.

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    1. I think that the trio as a whole was very well done. I am glad that everything was wrapped up nicely in this book.

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  6. I enjoyed this series too. Some great chaacter's and scary spiders. What's not to love. The first book was the best for me. The next two didn't have as much spider action as I wanted, but still enjoyed the characters and political dynamics in them.

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    1. I liked the series overall. I am glad that I read them all pretty quickly because I don't think I would have liked it as much spread out over time. I liked that the spiders changed during the series which kept things fresh. The politics did play a much larger part in the later part of the story.

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  7. I added this series to my list after reading Kim's review of it. And my! I'm glad you like it as well Carole. Can't wait to have my copies!

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  8. I remember Caffeinated review the whole series.. It is STILL a No! for me... because i live in a country where spiders eat birds...

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    1. I am okay with spiders but if this series was about snakes I wouldn't touch it.

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  9. #3? I still haven't read #1 because my library only has books 2 & 3. Why would they do that?!

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    1. That doesn't make any sense. None at all. I wonder if you could put in a request for them to purchase book #1?

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  10. I have only heard good things!

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  11. thinking about reading this during summer, not sure, the whole spider thing is definitely creepy especially since we get so many of them in the house during summer heh

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    1. I don't really mind spiders so I think this one worked well for me without creeping me out too much. I couldn't read a book about snakes though.

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  12. This is on my TBR. I can't wait to start it.

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    1. I hope you enjoy this series as much as I have Nadene!

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  13. I have this one and keep putting it off cause I thought the second book was mainly filler and I got bored but I am curious to see how it ends. :) Glad you enjoyed the whole series. :)

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    1. I liked the second book but I don't think it would have worked as well for me if I hadn't recently finished the first and still had the details of the story fresh in my mind. The second book does set up a lot of the things that come into play in this installment. I really enjoyed the entire trilogy.

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  14. This series has been on my TBR for a while now. I've really got to give this series a try. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads & Books of My Heart

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    1. I hope you like this series if you get the chance to read it. I had a lot of fun with it this year.

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