by Chase Novak

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Two teenagers struggle with a horrific family legacy in the sequel to Chase Novak's novel, Breed.

Thirteen years ago, a radical fertility doctor helped bring Adam and Alice Twisden into the world. The treatment came at a great cost: it turned the twins' parents into barbarous animals and threatens to transform the children, too. As Adam and Alice find themselves on the brink of maturity, they starve themselves in a desperate attempt to stop their bodies from changing. Will they succumb to the same bodily horrors that destroyed their parents?
Their aunt, Cynthia, who has always wanted to be a mother, oversees renovations to the Twisden family's Upper East Side residence-violently torn apart by the children's parents--and struggles to give her niece and nephew the unconditional love and stable home life they never had. Meanwhile, in the world outside, the forces of good and evil collide as a troop of wild teenagers, growing steadily in number, threatens to invade the calm refuge Cynthia is so determined to construct behind the safety of the Twisdens' walls.
As New York City transforms into a battleground, Adam and Alice will have to decide where their loyalties lie. They are determined to lead normal lives--and yet their unnatural urges, which grow ever stronger by the day, can only be stifled for so long...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316228015
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 689,220
File size: 461 KB

About the Author

Chase Novak is the pseudonym for Scott Spencer, who Publishers Weekly has called "the contemporary American master of the love story." Spencer is the author of ten novels, including Endless Love, which has sold over two million copies to date, and the National Book Award finalist A Ship Made of Paper. He has written for Rolling Stone, the New York Times, The New Yorker, GQ, and Harper's. Mulholland Books published his first horror novel Breed in September 2012.

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Brood 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brood continues where Breed left off. I am guessing that there will be a third book somewhere down the line. A little more character development in this book which was good. Overall a good summer beach read.
224perweek More than 1 year ago
"Brood" is not as good as "Breed". It has less action and gore. However, I did like the character development. I also liked the addition of the rest of the kids. That made for the best parts of the book.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite Brood by author Chase Novak (aka Scott Spencer) is the sequel to the fascinating horror story, The Breed. In The Breed we meet Alex and Leslie Twisden, a happily married couple desperate for children. After trying numerous fertility treatments, they turn to a doctor in Slovenia who is using an experimental fertility serum. While it is successful in one sense for they do give birth to twins, Alice and Adam, yet it is unsuccessful because it turns Alex and Leslie into strange hairy cannibals. Brood picks up about two years after the deaths of Leslie and Alex, where The Breed ended. After the twins have been shuffled from foster home to foster home, Leslie’s sister, Cynthia, finally wins custody of Alice and Adam. While Adam takes to his caring aunt, Alice remains distant. Alex and Leslie were not the only couple that turned to the sinister doctor for fertility treatments. There is now a whole pack of children in Central Park with Rodolfol, their leader. The blood of the creepy children is worth a lot of money to the pharmaceutical market for it has the ability to increase lust and desire.  Unfortunately, Brood by Chase Novak falls short of the high bar he set with The Breed. There are several reasons it falls short. The first is it does not flow smoothly. The second and perhaps the most critical is the constant panic attacks of Aunt Cynthia. I found them distracting. However, having voiced my complaints, I still liked this story. I was mesmerized by The Breed, and wanted to know what happened to the twins. I will definitely buy the third book in the series.