Tens of millions of people around the world are dead. Half of China is a nuclear wasteland. Mysterious flesh-eating spiders are marching through Los Angeles, Oslo, Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, and countless other cities. According to scientist Melanie Gruyer, however, the spider situation seems to be looking up.
Yet in Japan, a giant, truck-sized, glowing egg sack is discovered, even as survivors in Los Angeles panic and break the quarantine zone. Out in the desert, survivalists Gordo and Shotgun are trying to invent a weapon to defeat the spiders. But even if they succeed it may be too late, because President Stephanie Pilgrim has been forced to enact the plan of last resort: The Spanish Protocol.
Every country must fight for itself. And the spiders are on the move...
Boone's apocalyptic sequel to 2016's The Hatching picks up about 10 days into the end of the world. In the first book, Prof. Melanie Gruyer received a 10,000-year-old egg sac from Peru; it hatched flesh-eating spiders that rapidly spread all over the planet. The situation is now dire, and Melanie desperately tries to unlock the key to the spiders' destruction while nuclear bombs fall, cities burn, and corpses litter the streets. When the spiders start dying off, many see reason for hope, but Melanie is afraid something bigger is coming, and no one knows how to stop it. Returning readers will recognize FBI Agent Mike Rich, President Stephanie Pilgrim, survivalists Gordo and Shotgun, and Melanie's ex-husband, Manny Walchuk, all of whom have their parts to play. This installment retains much of the scary fun of the first, but too many plot threads make it choppy, and it's obvious that this is a setup for the big finale. Still, Boone's fans will undoubtedly enjoy this globe-hopping, seriously creepy read.