Friday, July 19, 2013

Brood X - Review

Happy Friday!!!
It's time for the last review of the week. I received a physical copy from the author and some extra gifts. However, I didn't like the story that much :(
Here is my review.
Brood X 
 by Michael Phillip Cash
Brood X
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.





Brood X is supposed to be a horror or thriller book however it fails in various points. I’m not saying that it is a bad book, on the contrary, I think is a quite entertaining book but it has some flaws.

Seth and his wife Lara have just found out they are expecting a baby which gives Seth the perfect opportunity to use camcorder to record the whole pregnancy. While reports of a future invasion of cicadas are all over the news they keep on with their lives and getting ready for the new baby.

The story has like two different moments, first we read about this couple and their daily lives with the cicadas in a secondary place and then we have the real story. Once the cicadas made their appearance the book becomes more interesting and exciting. The problem is that the cicadas make their entrance after two thirds of the story. For me the invasion is to short, it takes too long to happen and it’s not as scary as I thought it would be.

The characters are other factor I had a hard time with. They are flat and annoying, most of the time they don’t sound like adults and they lack deepness. However, they do have hilarious dialogues because they have childish conversations and Seth has the most curious and funniest thoughts.

The writing style is good. It’s really simple, easy to follow, not as engaging as I would like but you can read it very fast.

Overall, Brood X is in my opinion a failed horror-thriller book with some highs and lows. The first half was more a humor story than other thing and I like it in general. The second part is where the doses of horror, suspense and drama come.

An important thing is that it’s a really fast read because it has a scrip style or sense of movie. I think that the whole story would have worked better as a movie than it did as a book, which is the reason why I could finish it. I enjoyed it a bit because it has this movie vibe that made it bearable.


  1. Aww sorry about that. Thanks for the honest review though.

  2. It sounds like the writer wasn't sure if he wanted to write a horror or a comedy. Break the contract lose the reader. A lesson for all of us. :-)


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