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"[Novak's] prose sings with joy when he describes the snap of a bone, delights - and disturbs - when he dredges dark humor from the aftermath. Simply put, the people-eaters bring out the best in Chase Novak."―Colin Dwyer, NPR

"Gruesome and grimly funny"―BookPage

"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."―Booklist

"A satirical supernatural thriller . . . Genuine rat-inspired horror."―Publishers Weekly

"Novak ably combines realism and the supernatural."―Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Chase Novak is the pseudonym for Scott Spencer. Spencer is the author of eleven 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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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (October 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316228001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316228008
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #992,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DAE on November 19, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I loved the first book and was really irritated with how it ended because it was so open ended. When I saw that there was a sequel, I was excited. Because I liked 2/3 of the book I'm giving the book 3 stars.

I listened to the audiobook, so I really liked the point of view shifts. I liked the tension that built up surrounding Adam's and Alice's transition into adolescence. I also liked how the house became a character within the novel. It's the source of adoration and desire (Cynthia), it smacks of decadence. It is also a place horror and familiarity (Adam and Alice), and growing fear (Cynthia). I liked how the twins and their cohorts found themselves trying to straddle the line between humanity and animalistic behavior. The novel touches on the fact that one of the things separating us from other animals is our use of language. As the some of the children and their parents become more feral, they start losing/forgetting language.

What I didn't like about the book is Cynthia. I loved every other character except her! I didn't like how she took possession of her deceased sister's children, and instantly started calling herself their mother. I wanted to scream, "You're their aunt, not their mother!" Adam's and Alice's parents will always be their parents, regardless! I don't understand how Cynthia felt that after taking custody of Adam and Alice, that she felt she could upgrade herself to mama after only a week of knowing these kids. Also, why is she so indecisive, dumb, and weak-willed? Example: You come to realize someone you don't know is lurking in your home. You would probably go outside and call the police. She wouldn't! Even if crazy s--t were being thrown right in her face, she'd say, "Oh, maybe I'm just being silly!" What!?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MyBookishWays on November 3, 2014
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Here’s the thing. Breed, and subsequently Brood, are very scary, gory, creepy, sometimes over the top, and frequently satirical, so if you like this sort of thing (I do), then you’ll like these books. Chase Novak, aka Scott Spencer, is a pro, and he writes horror like he’s having the time of his life doing it, and it shows. The story so far is this: Adam and Alice Twisden are twins, about 13 at this point (about 2 years on from the events of Breed). They are ethereally lovely, very smart, and also very streetwise, having been shuttled from foster home to foster home since the deaths of their parents. Finally, their Aunt Cynthia, a displaced antiques dealer (and their mother’s sister), has gotten custody of them, and she’s ecstatic. The twins? Not so much. Or rather, Adam seems ok with the arrangement, but Alice longs for a much different type of arrangement. This is where Brood begins, with the custody hearing of the twins, and their move back into their parent’s renovated Manhattan manse, also the site of many horrible things. As we learned in Breed, the twins were conceived via a profligate and very corrupted process involving some questionable DNA and a Slovenian doctor, and the treatments drove their parents to cannibalism, and worse, until their rather spectacular deaths.

We only got a glimpse of the wild children roaming various parts of Manhattan and the wilds of Central Park in Breed, but here, they are front and center, alongside Cynthia’s desperate struggle to keep the twins safe and give them a stable home. Adam immediately takes to Cynthia, but Alice hears the siren song of Rodolfo, the boy king of the Central Park clan of genetically twisted children.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marsha Patty on October 9, 2014
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This book spends a lot of time with Adam's and Alice's aunt going thru panic attacks over the kids, rats and noises in their home. The limited glimpses we get of the twins and the other wildings are interesting but few. The only saving grace is that the ending leaves everything open for a third book that would, hopefully focus more on the twins and wildings. Two and a half stars.
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Wow. This guys can write. Unfortunately, he can't plot! Cynthia, the only adult character, thinks and acts like a teenager herself. I kept wishing she'd be an intelligent woman who would competently deal with any of the situations she faces--but no. Lots of frustration on the readers part! The slanguage the mutants speak was annoying. Because Alice and Adam seemed to be less animalistic, I had hoped that there would be some cure for them, but not in this book. Characters come and go, with no real cathartic finale...no, they just kind of drift to their fates. Could have been much better.
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Chase Novak. Non de Plume of one of my favorite authors of all time continues to expand his genre into horror/mysticism and his skill is still evident. Nobody writes like Scott Spencer. He gets the voicing of characters and circumstances so well. He is still speaking of desired, passions, need, overwhelming and uncontrolled emotion.
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A generation ago many families used an untested, unapproved fertility serum from Europe that promised success for those that had been trying to have children. Unfortunately the side effects turned the parents into some-type of fully-body haired, hideous monsters that ate the family pets, and the odd human or two, usually in front of their growing children.
This group of kids, now known as the brood, do everything possible to stave off puberty thinking that they too will end up running down Main Street, naked, hairy and on all-fours. Novak brings us a book that could be described as Midwich Cuckoos meets Peter Pan, except all the Lost Boys are off fornicating and giving birth to children with wings, and nowhere near as cute as Tinkerbell.
Some of the children’s blood has found to have powers that rejuvenate older people’s love lives and so the group, most who live together in packs, find a way to syphon off and sell their precious commodity. A Big Brother operation is also in operation, kidnapping the kids off the street to gauge their blood and make a killing in the pharmaceutical market.

We follow the path of creepy twins, Adam & Alice, who at thirteen are on the brink of puberty. Their parents are dead and they are being watched over by a spinster aunt who finds out she has more than normal troubles to deal with looking out for these unruly teenagers. As she tries to confine them to her loving embrace they hanker to be in the park with Rodolfo the leader of the pack. Is there a way to stop the teenagers’ hormones from kicking into over-gear? Aunt Cynthia sure seems to think she has the answers, and leads you alternatively gasping and gagging on this riot through Central Park.
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