Book Review: Hatch by Kenneth Oppel

This is the second book in the trilogy of The Overthrow by Kenneth Oppel. If you missed my review of the first book Bloom go check it out. If you’ve already read Bloom, you are going to LOVE Hatch! There are two months until it releases. Pre-order it ASAP.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me nearly immediate approval to read and review this book.

Releases: September 15, 2020


Fans left desperate for more at the end of Bloom will dive into this second book of the Overthrow trilogy–where the danger mounts and alien creatures begin to hatch.

First the rain brought seeds. Seeds that grew into alien plants that burrowed and strangled and fed.

Seth, Anaya, and Petra are strangely immune to the plants’ toxins and found a way to combat them. But just as they have their first success, the rain begins again.

This rain brings eggs. That hatch into insects. Not small insects. Bird-sized mosquitos that carry disease. Borer worms that can eat through the foundation of a house. Boat-sized water striders that carry away their prey.

But our heroes aren’t able to help this time–they’ve been locked away in a government lab with other kids who are also immune. What is their secret? Could they be…part alien themselves? Whose side are they on?

Kenneth Oppel expertly escalates the threats and ratchets up the tension in this can’t-read-it-fast-enough adventure with an alien twist. Readers will be gasping for the next book as soon as they turn the last page…SEE LESS

My Thoughts:

My oh my. I am so glad I read Bloom a couple months ago and then Hatch released to NetGalley this past month. If you’ve read Bloom, then you know how intense and on-your-toes you felt. Well, take that times fifty and you’ve got Hatch!

At the end of Bloom you were left wondering what was in these raindrops that started to hatch. At the start of Hatch, we get another fast-forward chapter where you are reading and you’re super confused, but then when you finish it tells you that this is what happened two weeks later. Then you pick back up on the ending scene from Bloom.

Anaya, Petra, and Seth are immune to the plants and the chemicals they put off into the air, but as this rain starts yet again the worst is yet to come. The rain brings eggs, eggs that hatch into crypotgen insects? I am talking a full variety of species of insects—flying insects, insects with razor sharp spinning teeth, and insects that like to eat the other insects. Soon the government figures out their little secret and they are shipped off to who-knows-where. In this facility they are unsure what the government thinks of them, if they will ever get to see their families again, and what their purpose of being there is when the world is yet again about to wreak havoc.

I, of course, do not want to share everything, but just know that this was TRULY an edge-of-your-seat sequel to Bloom. Things escalate quickly and you will not be able to stop flipping the pages. I could not put it down nor step away.

P.S. AGAIN, you will be left HANGING at the end of this one. Ugh! Kenneth Oppel is too good and I already cannot wait for Thrive, the final of the trilogy, to be here!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About the Author

Kenneth Oppel was born in Port Alberni, a mill town on Vancouver Island, British Columbia but spent the bulk of his childhood in Victoria, B.C. and on the opposite coast, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At around twelve he decided he wanted to be a writer. He started out writing sci-fi epics then went on to swords and sorcery tales and then, during the summer holiday when he was fourteen, started on a humorous story about a boy addicted to video games (written, of course, during his video game phase). It turned out to be quite a long story, really a short novel, and he rewrote it the next summer.

Photo credit: Mark Raynes Roberts

He had a family friend who knew Roald Dahl – one of his favorite authors – and this friend offered to show Dahl his story. He was paralyzed with excitement. He never heard back from Roald Dahl directly, but he read his story, and liked it enough to pass on to his own literary agent. He got a letter from them, saying they wanted to take him on, and try to sell his story. And they did.

So are hooked yet? I need to know. Have you read Bloom already? Share with me below!

Xo, Sierra

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  1. This sounds like a thrilling sequel to Bloom! The time-skipping chapter reminds me of the first page in each of the Keeper of the Lost Cities books by Shannon Messenger, which is usually from the big climax of the book with just enough detail removed to keep you guessing about what’s going on! Thanks for the great review!


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