I’ve been really looking forward to the release of Zero Day – the final book in Ezekiel Boone’s trilogy that began with The Hatching and continued in Skitter.
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 can be more dangerous, the spiders or ourselves?
Both The Hatching and Skitter were thoroughly entertaining novels – fast-paced and full of action, and it’s no surprise that Zero Day continues in the same vein. I’m a terrible arachnophobe, and all three novels have made me feel as though there’s something crawling on me at various points. You know the feeling, I’m sure. And yet I’ve found these novels to be absolutely compulsive reading. Horrific, terrifying, gruesome, but completely addictive.
As such, it’s a little hard to admit that Zero Day didn’t quite live up to my expectations. It wasn’t bad, and I really did enjoy it, I just didn’t love it in the same way that I did the first two novels. For me, there was one main reason for this, and that was the queens. The second novel set the seed for something much worse than millions of man-eating spiders (yes – something WORSE than that!) rampaging around the globe in the form of the queens. I really liked this idea – ok, spiders don’t have queens like bees and ants, but I can see how it could work – and yet I felt that this idea wasn’t explored in full, and the reader doesn’t really get to see them in action. A small complaint, perhaps, but I think this is an idea that has legs (😉) and could have been taken further.
That little bit of disappointment aside, however, I did enjoy the novel, and it does focus more upon the human efforts to end the “spiderpocalypse”. How this should be done isn’t obvious, however, and whilst Stephanie Pilgrim, President of the United States, has faced down the old-school boys who don’t like having a lady as commander in chief, she now has a military coup on her hands, and is forced to flee. I’d like to think that if we were on the brink of disaster that we would at least stand together united, and yet I can see how differences of opinion might cause different factions to come into being all too easily.
Whilst this final instalment didn’t quite deliver what I was hoping for, this has been a wonderfully entertaining series that has kept me hooked from the beginning, and it will be interesting to see what Boone does next.
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
You can see my reviews for the first novels in the trilogy at the following links: