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.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This isn’t the first book I’ve read by Michael Phillip Cash, but it’s the first book he published – and after reading it, I can see why it won so many awards! I enjoy apocalyptic fiction, but this book puts a new spin on the genre – it’s like a found footage film set to paper, so you get the atmosphere without the nausea-inducing shaky camerawork! I thought that was a pretty clever idea for a book, and a concept I’ve not run across before.
The story starts at the end, with an EMT who’s found a digital camcorder and sits down to watch it with two hospital security guards. The home movie they’re watching features a young married couple, Seth and Lara, and starts off with Lara announcing that she’s pregnant with their first child. Seth is a happy-go-lucky sort of guy (which is a kind way of saying immature), and is taking neither his currently unemployed status nor the reports of an upcoming cicada invasion seriously. He scoffs at the preppers who are convinced that Doomsday is at hand, and his few concessions to the upcoming event (like buying an extra freezer to store food) are made only to appease Lara.
But the invasion is real, and the news reports weren’t overestimating the scope of the problem.
The Great Cicada Invasion begins, and it quickly becomes apparent that Seth and Lara (and their unexpected, unwanted houseguests) are in no way prepared for the scope of the assault. The camera continues to roll and document the events as they progress from bad to worse. You see, the cicadas don’t just cause the power to go out and the water to dry up – these gigantic insects are large enough, and legion enough, to attack and kill any animal unfortunate to be caught outside unprotected. Including humans.
With no food, no water, knee-deep cicadas, and a baby on the way, the reader is left guessing as to how Lara and Seth – and their unborn child – will survive the invasion of Brood X. I found this book to be a fascinating read, fast-paced and suspenseful, with enough disgusting bugs for everyone. My only complaint is that I wish it had been longer – I would have loved a more in-depth look at how Seth and Lara (and everyone else) survived day-to-day during the invasion. If you enjoy found footage movies and horror novels, this is definitely the book for you!
I received a copy of this ebook in exchange for my honest review; all opinions are my own.