Review: Brood X by Michael Phillip Cash
Seth is laid off from work. His wife Lara just found out they are expecting a baby this summer. Seth plans on documenting the entire pregnancy with his brand new digital camcorder.
During an evening home watching television, the news reports that a swarm of cicada (Brood Ten) are expected to overwhelm the entire Northeast.
Brood Ten is vicious and ready to invade.
During a sweltering summer night, Brood Ten emerges and wreaks havoc with the electric grid, phone and cell service, wi-fi, food and water supply. Civilization as they know it is gone.
Seth and Lara are thrown back to the stone age in their own home with trillions of cicada trying to deposit their eggs and breed.
Fast paced and filled with tension, Brood Ten is the perfect summer read when you’re sitting outside listening to the cicadas sing.
I received this book to give an honest review.
This was a good book, kind of weird being as it is about cicada's. I have never like those kind of bugs in the first place so for an author to write about them in a thriller, sci-fi type book makes it more creepy.
We start of the story in a hospital where an EMT worker brings in a camcorder and says it needs a USB to work. On the camcorder we get a look into the lives of Seth and Lara who were affected by the cicada invasion. Seth stays at home since he got laid off and at times he comes across as a jerk but Lara still loves him. Lara is a school teacher and we learn that they are expecting their first child. While they should be super excited about having a baby Lara is worried about him finding a job and what are they going to do with this invasion of bugs that the world is making out to seem to be huge.
We watch through the eyes of Seth and Lara as they prepare or at least attempt to prepare for the invasion and having a baby. We see what makes Lara fall in love with Seth and how even though he is a good guy he is still a jerk.
Now there was not a lot of dealing with bugs more of just talk about how they are coming, you need to prepare type thing. I felt as though the author could have done more with the bugs. Yes we get a few scenes where it could be nail biting but nothing over the top freaky. I think just the thought that something like this could possibly happen is what might be considered freaky.
The story is fast paced and it has you wonder would you be prepared for something like this, and will Seth and Lara make it out of this horror alive?
Born and raised on Long Island, Michael has always had a fascination with horror writing and found footage films. He wanted to incorporate both with his debut novel, Brood X. Earning a degree in English and an MBA, he has worked various jobs before settling into being a full-time author. He currently resides on Long Island with his wife and children.