Recently, I read an article in the Washington Post summarizing a study that involved modeling the number of spiders in the world and the amount they eat each year. What the scientists found was a bit, ah, disturbing. Average global density of spiders? 131 per square meter. Combined weight of the world’s spider population? 29 million tons. Annual consumption of prey? 400 to 800 million tons. By way of reference, the estimated combined weight of all adult humans on Earth is roughly 287 million tons. So spiders could eat all the adults on Earth and still be hungry. Which brings me to The Hatching. Look at the book cover to the left. Think about what I just wrote above. If you decide you’re ready to read what you know is in there, set aside a good block of time. Trust me, you are not going to be able to put this one down unfinished. And be prepared to jump every time you feel the slightest tickle on your skin.