It is the morning hours in the small town of Hammond and, as the town wakes up it finds that there is something spreading. Something that is not seen until it is too late because by then, you are already infected. At that point, they are already... Hatched.
©2013 Jason R. Davis (P)2014 Breaking Fate Publishing
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You should avoid this read/listen if you are at all squeamish about bugs. And if you think you are not squeamish, you will be. It starts with a slight itch on the arm, a light tingling on your leg that won’t go away. A fly maybe? Or the beginning of a mosquito bite? Water in the ear? That’s a really funny looking black hair in your nose… Why is it moving? By the time you actually see what it is, it’s too late. These are more than just insects. This is an engaging horror story about an infestation like none other and the beginning of the end in one small town. Over all the story is good but it does get a bit “sloppy” at times with repeated sentences and other minor boo-boos an editor should have caught. Also, there were a couple of coincidences that were a little hard to believe. Bottom line: Hatched is enjoyable escape listening with likeable characters. Note: this is the first of a series so not all loose ends are tied up.
This is the first book in the series and I have to say, I had nightmares for the first few days. I don't like spiders anyway, but then to have ones that eat you from the inside out and turn you into a zombie so it can use your body to find more to eat. It made me shudder. Jason tells a great story. It's descriptive, but not like he's over describing a scene. On to book 2.
Firstly, I'll start with a quick overview of the three audiobooks available in this universe.
The first is Inside the Mirrors. The main character of this is Rob Aletto, an ex-Chicago cop and now small town part time cop. It is a standalone story to the following two books, but does provide a common character for all three books.
Next is Hatched, the first book in the Invisible Spiders series. This book has Rob Aletto in a more or less cameo appearance, and is set in a town about 30 miles away from Standard, the setting for the Inside the Mirrors.
Finally is Caught in the Web. This book has the author listed as Jason Davis as opposed to the other two which list the author as Jason R Davis, so an author link search in Audible won't show all three books. This book also features Rob Aletto as a lead character.
Hatched plus Caught in the Web form a completed story arc, not a cliffhanger ending. It did leave me pondering what direction will be taken next.
I got Caught in the Web as a review copy, and seeing it was part two, I purchased Hatched to listen to that first. Then the narrator kindly pointed out that Inside the Mirrors was related and also offered me a review copy of that, which I gladly accepted.
Hatched is a good story, with a lot of really good ideas and concepts. The idea of the spiders and the "zombies" was definitely a twist on the idea, and I think I can say that of all the zombie variants I've encountered in fiction, these are the ones I'd less like to encounter... Other reviews seem to indicate up front this is more of a setup book. That is the case. But it is essential reading for the next book. I personally think it should have been a single longer novel. That said, Hatched is a pretty good whispersync deal so easy to try. Story wise I did find this the weakest of the three books. As an audiobook, it can get a bit overwhelming when you have a story being told from the perspective of too many characters. I found that an issue with this book. It makes it really hard to follow what is going on, and keeping track of who is who. Also, some of the (I think) pretty important early ideas seem to disappear, like the white powder the victim zero got from his hateful ex.
The narration was enjoyable, and I found it engaging, and had no issues understanding of having to re listen to passages. Voices were conveyed well enough.
The book has a good afterword by the author, I really think should be a forward (so you can hear before the story).
Overall, recommended for someone looking for a new zombie concept but be warned it really needs to be read in conjunction with the next book.
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Hatched is a horrifying book that will terrify most everyone. Small spiders that scurry around invisible to everyone - that is until you are infected then you see them. Then it is too late.
The thought of spiders crawling all over and in one's body is terrifying. Reading this book is like knowing that you sat next to someone with chickenpox or lice or some other itch inducing thing. You can't help but scratch - at first you don't notice it, but then you realize what you've been doing. Then you stop, take stock of what is around you and peer closely at the speck on your arm or on the floor next to your feet ---- is that a spider or a bump? Did my flesh just move? What is that by my feet? God forbid, is it a small mound of black ash????
One cannot read this book without experiencing some of these questions; sometimes repeatedly!
There are lots of terrifying things in our world but to imagine a world where spiders crawl or are absorbed whole into your body to multiply and procreate thousands upon thousands is horrifying on its own. By the time you see the spiders IT IS TOO LATE to do anything.
There is no clear answer where the spiders came from - outer space, government experiment gone awry or mother nature getting back at humans? Reminiscent of Return of the Living Dead there is a lone woman waiting in a room six hours a day, three days a week waiting on the phone to ring. It never rings .... until today.
The plot was well thought out - there are a few rough spots but nothing that will detract from the reading. There are a few additional story lines that the author spends time on but always comes back to the darn spiders.
The narrator was excellent. Spoke clearly and smoothly.
The audio production was excellent as well, no glitches.
Audiobook provided for review by the publisher.
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The majority of the story seems to be concerned with just describing minutae (like how much a character likes coffee and then describing how it's made several times, for example) than explaining the situation with the spiders and attempting to generate some suspense. For long periods of time, you even forget that there are spiders. It comes across as somewhat disjointed.
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