Friday, May 3, 2013

The Buzz About Brood X

Their buzzing can reach 90 decibels, equivalent to some power motors. They have been seen in clusters of up to 1.5 million per acre. As if from some horror movie, cicada nymphs have been described as “boiling out of the ground.” Snow shovels are sometimes employed to clear them away. You can read more about the invasion here. Brood X hasn't made it to the big screen yet, but you can buy the book on Amazon! Be sure to leave a review. I'd love your feedback! 

The Buzz...

This is a must read.... Once the action started I couldn't put it down couldn't wait to see what happened next. I pray nothing like this ever happens in real life.

I enjoyed this book quite a bit, but must admit it had a somewhat slow beginning and rather abrupt ending. The characters were well thought out and the plot moved along nicely once it got rolling.

The cicadas are coming - and Seth and Lara don't really take it too seriously. Seth in particular is more interested in documenting with his camcorder than buying things such as batteries and water for the invasion. His neighbors are 'preppers' and much like the grasshopper and ant analogy used in the book Seth is definitely a grasshopper ( although later the reader finds out the outcome of this) To top it off, Seth and Lara have house guests during the invasion who really aren't the most helpful and tend to take advantage of their hospitality. Lara is pregnant, and that presents many more challenges for them.

All in all, this is a good book, and I would tell others to take the time to read it.

By Jules
I didn't know what to expect when I decided to read this book. Cicadas don't bother me where I live, but I've read about how annoying they can be. When I sat down to read Brood X, I latched on to each of the characters. They could be your next door neighbors or even family. I liked them a lot! The plot is realistic enough and well developed. The story quickly builds with the anticipation of the coming Brood X. Seth thinks the "preppers" are overreacting and he thinks the emergence of the cicadas will be an annoyance but nothing more. He convinces his wife that there is nothing to worry about.

This scenario seems to occur before every major storm. Reporters highlight these unprepared people on the news and things don't always turn out well. The characters made everything about Brood X a little more believable. The author does a wonderful job creating realistic scenes of chaos and panic. There are also situations where you can feel the desperation and experience the despair felt by the characters.

I can imagine billions of these bugs wreaking havoc and causing some of the problems mentioned in the book. I won't give away the details, but I will say that once I opened the book to read it, I couldn't put it down until I reached the end. It is better than I ever expected and for me, it was a quick read. It's a memorable book and it makes you think about how important it is to always be prepared!

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