The Hatching

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.

I need a good name for what happens to books when I travel. It never fails, I will start one right before I leave thinking “Trips are great for reading! I’ll read in the car, I’ll read on the patio, I’m going to relax so much!” And then I never ever relax long enough to even touch my book. By the time I get home, I have absolutely no interest in the story anymore.

I should know better than to start an ARC right before I go somewhere, especially home. And unfortunately, I never know whether it is actually the fault of the trip, or the book itself. Either way, The Hatching fell pray to The Roadtrip Effect (The Vacation Effect? The Travel Effect? eh?). I’m about 20% in and just not that interested.

The concept isn’t bad, but I feel like it’s been done already. I should like it–I’m a huge Michael Crichton fan. But maybe that’s why I’m underwhelmed. Can anyone live up to Michael Crichton? That’s a big NOPE. The writing isn’t bad either, there’s just a lot of moving pieces, and probably if I were able to get into it enough they’d all come together…I just can’t keep attention long enough to stay.

So on to the next. I’ll be looking for other reviewers’ reactions to this, though. It’s almost a “written for a book-based movie” sort of thing. I wouldn’t at all be surprised to see it on the big screen in a few years. *shrug*


NetGalley and Atria provided this ARC for an unbiased review. Releases July 5.


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