Review: The Infestation by Matt Shaw

The Infestation starts by introducing readers to a man named Ethan Davies, who is deathly afraid of spiders. Ethan heads to work after making his wife remove a spider from the bathroom and it’s not long before his world is turned upside down. At the same time, Emma, his wife, heads off to take the kids to school.

Suddenly, there are traffic jams all over the city, cell service is disrupted and planes begin falling out of the sky. I won’t give away anything about this story except that spiders and zombies walk hand in hand.


I intentionally bought this book because Matt Shaw is one of my favorite authors and this book, for some reason, only got three stars on Amazon out of 12 reviews. I was curious as to why, when most of his other books get at least four stars.

Spiders don’t bother me, so that wasn’t a concern as I plowed through this book. I was intrigued by how spiders could have anything to do with the end of the world. I found out.

Let me start with the negatives. I wasn’t all that impressed with the way this story was told. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it, but I feel like there could have been more of an explanation as to how the spiders came to have the power they have. It was kind of a far-fetched story, but then again, to many, that’s what makes it fun.

Now, on to the positives. Ethan, the protagonist of the story, was a likable guy despite being a horrible pessimist. I am kind of the same way so I guess I could relate to him. He goes through some serious hell trying to get to his family and figure out what is happening in the world. The story bounces around a little between the viewpoints of a couple of different characters which some people complained about in their reviews, but I thought it was pretty well done.

Remember how I said spiders don’t bother me? The end of the story, which by the way, was completely unexpected, gave me some serious chills that took awhile to go away.

Overall, this isn’t, by any means, the best Matt Shaw has to offer. However, it doesn’t suck nearly as much as some of the reviews would lead you to believe. The Infestation is a nicely-executed, original story that simply needs further explanation.

It’s only .99/99p so why not give it a try?


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