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First of all, I just have to say that the concept of this book is brilliant! A completely new, refreshing take on the zombie genre.
So why only 3 stars, you ask?
This book started out as a strong 5 stars, however as different characters/storylines began to intertwine themselves, I repeatedly found myself wanting to get back to the "spiders" storyline. I understand that this is Book One of a proposed trilogy/series(?), which requires certain set-up, I just felt that some of the important information was left out/forgotten(?) I am hoping that the 2nd book gets back to ground zero, so to speak. Also, there are more than enough typos to warrant a mention here, which also distracts from the reality of the story.
Enough of the negative aspects (nothing that better editing and slightly fewer side-stories won't fix).
On to the positive.
Davis was super-smart to make the spiders in the story of the tiny, small variety (the size that can quickly scurry across your skin, before they burrow underneath...) Let's just say that if you are not already scared of spiders, reading this will make you paranoid/terrified of them!
[true story: while reading this book, I took several opportunities to enjoy the beautiful spring weather, and read the majority of it outside. At one point, I caught movement out of the corner of my eye and, I promise, there was a little black spider scurrying across the porch. Needless to say, I held my breath for a moment!]
So, to answer the above question, yes, this book is worth the download (typos aside). Davis does not hold back on the horror aspects, and there is more than enough to keep you awake at night. I am looking forward to reading the next book.
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.