Breed Synopsis: Alex and Leslie Twisden told each other they would do anything to have children. The price didn’t matter. But the experimental procedure they found had costs they couldn’t foresee.
Adam and Alice Twisden’s lives seem perfectly normal. Except that, every night, without fail, their parents lock them into their rooms.
And the twins know that the sounds they can hear are not just their imagination. They’re real. And they’re getting louder… – Goodreads
Breed is one of the more unique horror stories I’ve read, at least dealing with this particular horror trope. Generally, when someone goes the pregnancy bent, they tend to focus on the child being possessed or some such. Chase Novak, AKA Scott Spencer, makes it clear almost immediately that that is not the direction he’s choosing to take.
Instead, he plays upon society’s fears of genetic manipulation and the possible consequences associated with it, and proceeds to send the readers spiraling through a story with morbid fascination and disgust. The one truly horrifying aspect of it is more psychological than anything else.The rest of the reactions he draws from the reader are mild-to-moderate at best.
An interesting premise, Breed had the possibility to really stand out and be a story you’d remember for ages. Unfortunately, the writing just isn’t strong/interesting enough to pull it off, and you find yourself never really getting connecting with the characters you’re supposed to root for. He can whip up the tension at times, especially when the kids have made a decision to act. However, when you don’t care about the characters, you don’t care about the action.