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Brood X

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Brood X: A Firsthand Account of the Great Cicada Invasion by Michael Phillip Cash

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) 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.

We start this story with Seth and Lara. Seth just purchases a camcorder and finds himself with a lot of free time after being laid off from work. Lara is a teacher and learns that she is pregnant. Seth decides that he is going to film the entire pregnancy. Then there are news broadcasts about a giant swarm of cicadas is causing destruction throughout the northwest. It is recommended that you stock up on supplies. Seth doesn’t take this serious and gets a large freezer to appease Lara.

Seth is just starting to take this swarm serious when supplies start becoming harder and harder to get. Then an old school friend of Lara’s shows up with her husband needing a place to stay, things start getting complicated. We have the basic struggles of just trying to get along with another couple but then the cicadas start arriving. They destroy power lines, telephone lines, Wi-Fi and other things. Now Seth, Lara, the unborn baby, Marni, and Dominic have to survive as the cicada get worse and worse.

I don’t have a fondness for cicada, mainly because of how loud and annoying they are. But I will not look at one the same way again. Ugh! Just the thought of all the havoc they caused and thinking of Dominic just gives me the shudders.

This is a short book, and I admit that I just kept reading the pages without a lot of interest in the beginning. But then when things got rolling I couldn’t put the book down. There is a lot of build up with the cicadas and when they show up it gets really creepy fast.

This is a short book but very well written. I have read other books by Michael Phillip Cash and have to say that this fits in with the rest, creepy and a good read. This is a great book for those that like thrillers and horror stories.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

For more information on Brood X or Michael Phillip Cash be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, or Michael’s website.

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