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Title:
Brood
Author:
Novak, Chase.
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Edition:
Unabridged.
Publication Information:
[New York] : Hachette Audio, [2014]
Physical Description:
9 audio discs (630 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Two teenagers struggle with a horrific family legacy, and the woman who has adopted them fights for their lives, and her own. Adam and Alice are reaching the age when some of the children created by the fertility treatment that spawned them begin to turn feral. Will they succumb to the same physiological horror that destroyed their parents? Meanwhile, in the world outside, the forces of good and evil collide as a troop of feral offspring threatens to invade the teenagers' refuge.
General Note:
Title from web page.

Compact discs.

Duration: 10:30:00.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781619694705
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Audiobook on CD

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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...


Author Notes

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.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

After a lengthy battle with NYC red tape, Cynthia Kramer has gained custody of her 12-year-old niece and nephew, who were orphaned after their parents' violent deaths. The parents were part of a contingent of wealthy couples who sought highly successful fertility treatments from a controversial doctor, only to later undergo evolutionary changes that eventually drove them mad. Alice and Adam have inherited the treatments' effects and are starving themselves to stave off puberty, when uncontrollable blood cravings and superhuman physical abilities emerge. Despite their allegiance to Cynthia, they've reconnected with the packs of evolved kids surviving under the radar and learning to adapt to their bodies' abilities. The pack is selling their blood as a powerful street drug to fund their retreat to a Shangri-la, even as they dodge police and a dangerous organization kidnapping pack kids to study their evolutionary changes, lab rat-style. Like all good literary horror, a sense of foreboding piggybacks on a layer of strong emotion, and here it's tweaked by the characters' desperate, haunting desire for connections.--Tran, Christine Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

At the start of Novaks repetitive sequel to Breed (2012), antiques dealer Cynthia Kramer assumes the care of her traumatized niece and nephew, twins Alice and Adam Twisden, born through illicit fertility treatments that turned their parents into ravening monsters. Hoping to rehabilitate the genetically warped twins through tons of love, Cynthia has their parents Manhattan town house renovated, but she still must contend with a bat in the toilet and a cellar full of rats. Alice and Adam, desperately trying to stave off the puberty they fear will turn them into cannibalistic beasts, repeatedly run away to Central Park, where a gang of abnormal hybrids who sell their blood to lascivious seekers of a fountain of youthful libido lurks. Novak (the pseudonym of Scott Spencer, author of A Ship Made of Paper) achieves a few scenes of genuine rat-inspired horror, but the tongue-in-cheek tone of this satirical supernatural thriller wont be to every taste. Agent: Lynn Nesbit, Janklow & Nesbit. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

The Twisden twins are a product of biochemistry, spawned by an experimental Slovenian fertility clinic (recounted in Breed). After the treatment turned their parents into cannibals, ten-year-old Adam and Alice disappeared into the foster care system. Two years later, they're back in their Upper East Side home with their aunt, who's determined to give them the love they never had. But the twins are at the threshold of puberty, a time when the clinic's offspring begin to change into something predatory and savage. A group of clinic alumni runs wild in Central Park, feral children selling vials of their supercharged blood, a veritable fountain of libidinous youth, to aging one percenters. But when a pharmaceutical giant catches on, the twins become the hunted ones. VERDICT Novak (the not-so-secret pseudonym of Scott Spencer, best known for 1979's lyrical Endless Love) has done a marvelous thing for the horror genre by turning his literary pen to monstrous matters. This hair-raising exercise in gothic horror, which reads like a crossbreed of Peter Straub and Whitley Streiber, is beastly, creepy, and altogether freaky. Delivered with a healthy dollop of sardonic humor, the thriller is sure to whet the appetites of Novak's many fans, leaving them ravenous for the next installment. [See Prepub Alert, 4/21/14.]-Jeanne Bogino, New Lebanon Lib., NY (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.