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Breeding Ground

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  513 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Life was good for Matt and Chloe. They were in love and looking forward to their new baby. But what Chloe gave birth to isn t a baby. It isn t even human. It s an entirely new species that uses humans only for food and as hosts for their young.

As Matt soon learns, though, he is not alone in his terror. Women all over town have begun to give birth to these hideous
Paperback, 339 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Leisure Books (first published August 29th 2006)
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Mar 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror, fiction
Okay, let's just get this out of the way up front: this was the worst book I have read in a long time, which was really disappointing since I like Pinborough's The Hidden. Really bad.

There are so many problems with this it's hard to know where to start and it isn't worth your or my time to go into it in depth. I guess to get started it is a post-apocalyptic novel. The women have mostly turned into giant "widow" spiders (how anyone knows this is beyond me). The science behind this is so ludicrous
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 2013-reads
Apocalyptic creature feature involving very nasty spiders taking over the planet. This book is quite a bit of fun--I started it one evening and stayed up the next evening to finish it which means I read it just a little over 24 hours. I have already purchased the sequel and plan on reading that one too.

However, it does struggle under the common weaknesses of stories of this type (creature features specifically).

First, the good. Well written. Plot just hums along with no lags in pace. Ms.
Jun 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was actually quite excellent. Very creepy post-apocalyptic tale with nicely fleshed out characters and eerie atmosphere.The only thing that bothered me and I wanted to mention this to maybe get some opinions from those who've read this book (view spoiler) ...more
Robert Beveridge
Sarah Pinborough, Breeding Ground (Leisure, 2006)

I can be stubborn at times. My local library has a selection of Sarah Pinborough's more recent novels, but since Breeding Ground was the first one I heard about, I wanted to start there. So I've held off on reading Pinborough until I could get my hands on a copy of this one, which has been out of print since about five past forever (despite a sequel having been released last year). That finally happened, and as with most genre horror, once I sat
Jul 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! The best horror novel about the apocalypse ever. It's a little adult, but still very good. It's kinda like the Alien movies only the aliens are spiders. Don't let that put you off though the author writes it very well. Look this up online for a complete summery. I highly recomend this book! :D
Justin Holley
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh, yeah, this is the good stuff! This is horror fiction at its finest, in my opinion. Sarah writes with a fierce, yet tight, prose that are both riveting and terrifying. Like holding onto an electric fence and not wanting to let go. I will definitely be ordering more of her work.
Oct 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
During the past several years, apocalyptic horror novels have been filled with zombies, zombies, and more zombies. There have, however, been some exceptions -- Brian Keene's The Conqueror Worms is one, and this book, Breeding Ground, is another.

It's the end of the world, and the planet is teeming with...well...take a look at the cover, and you'll figure it out pretty quickly. While the leading theory as to how this particularly nasty infestation came about is a bit far-fetched, Pinborough's
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great descriptive moments! I'm looking forward to following up with the sequel.
Dec 31, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This is copy 30 of 75 signed numbered copies.
Jay Massiet
Nov 09, 2012 rated it liked it
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Oct 09, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, udate
Breeding Ground has been on my TBR since October 2011 and was on my wishlist for several months before that. And yes, this is a horror book about spiders - arachnophobes beware.

The story begins with a young couple, Matt and Chloe who discover that, although unplanned, Chloe is expecting their first child. Their lives are typical of a couple in their early thirties, and although unexpected, both are excited about the prospect of their new arrival. It's only as Chloe's pregnancy progresses that
Melissa Helwig
Dec 01, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Matt and Chloe are expecting a baby, but instead Chloe gives birth to a creature which looks like a giant spider. The spiders (later named "Widows") use women as hosts, killing all females in England. After the death of his beloved Chloe, Matt goes in search of other survivors. He finds a few men and, surprisingly, a few women. Together they seek a safe haven, away from the Widows.

The story moves along quickly, gripping you from page one (as I've already mentioned) and keeps you wanting to read
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
You dont find a lot of books about giant killer spiders. Anyway, obviously, you have to suspend your disbelief pretty seriously to enjoy this book. Its a leisure harbor, which means you can expect lots of blood and gore and also a lot of fast-paced excitement. Overall, I really enjoyed this its hardly Shakespeare, but its a fast-paced story and its easy to put yourself in the lead characters position as he tries to survive themonsters as well as the other humans that survived the initial ...more
Apr 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
In this day and age, Zombie madness has swept through horror, and while that may be a good thing, Breeding Ground struck me as a breath of fresh air. Giant spiders have taken over the world, especially in UK, and the survivalists are not the gun-toting types one normally sees in American post-apocalyptic fiction.
Feb 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Not a bad read. An interesting story, although I had issues with the timeline. Overall, it was ok.
Aug 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Horror Aficionados
Recommended to Trevor by: Dylan
Shelves: horror-general
This book has all the feel of a suspenseful zombie novel...without the zombies! This is a gripping work of survival horror fans of apocalyptic literature should thoroughly enjoy.
John Bruni
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a top notch version of what I like to call zombie-ish apocalypses. It's the same zombie survival story as usual, but instead of zombies, it's [blank]. In this case, it's these giant pale spider things with red eyes that gestate in human women until they tear their way out into the world and feed on the men and spin their poisonous webs all over the place. That's pretty damned intense. Here's another interesting thing: this is a world without (more or less) women. That story has been told ...more
Jonathan Echevarria
Overall this book was a fun read. You can tell that this is one of the earlier works of fiction that the author worked on. Some of the information and descriptions are a bit repetitive. However if you like post apocalyptic novels, this will offer a fun and entertaining time. It sounds like the writer had a lot of fun coming up with new ways to torture our heroes. And there is some imaginative parts of the story that are unique and I have yet to encounter anywhere else. Its a shame that the ...more
Nicholas Kaufmann
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read Sarah Pinborough's magnificent thriller BEHIND HER EYES a few years ago and absolutely loved it, so when I found a copy of BREEDING GROUND, one of her early horror novels for now-defunct mass market publisher Leisure, I snatched it up. BREEDING GROUND is definitely "paperback horror," with all the good and bad that entails, but Pinborough is a talented writer who lifts this novel above others like it with her skillful use of voice and characterization. I don't think it's as good as her ...more
Morgan Chalfant
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Pinborough has a neat concept in this book and the story is compelling. The ending is a bit flat, but I'm given to understand that this is the first book in a series, so it's pretty forgivable. Terrifying in spots. I would have liked to see more from her female characters in the novel, as they were super interesting (SPOILER WARNING. STOP HERE). The whole concept of why they weren't infected initially (a dog and one of the women being deaf) like all the other women was a bit of a stretch. The ...more
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
A fast, pacy read of fairly bland, occasionally gorily descriptive prose, and blindly following the Five (Cliched) Stages of the (Post) Apocalypse - Invasion, Survival, Sanctuary, Conflict, Exodus...yawn. Pinborough, sadly, fails to write any more rounded and less sex-obsessed a male protagonist than her male peers, and the 'science' that explains the monsters' origin and weakness is ridiculous.
Victor Cypert
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
I am reflecting on this book some 4 years after having first read it. I recall poorly conceived spider-monsters and a horribly mechanical sex scene between two characters for whom I felt (and still feel) nothing. I also recall deaf people blood. Oh, Lord....
Oct 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Way to cheesy, cliched and predictable.
Querus Abuttu
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Daniel Russell
Sep 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Drum roll please...

AS followers of my reviews will know (and without being sexist), I'm constantly on the look out for a female writer who can stand shoulder to shoulder with the big boys, a writer who is not afraid of violence or gore or plain out shocking terror!

I've read another book from Pinborough, The Reckoning, and while it was an enjoyable ride with some great moments (and I'll never look at an ant the same way again) I felt there was still another horror gear that Sarah could slip
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Fast paced book. It was an entertaining book, but had some holes in the plot. (view spoiler) ...more
Sarah Pinborough's Breeding Ground had great potential for me, because it involved spider-like creatures. It's funny that it would be assigned as reading in a class about monsters when I often refer to spiders as mini-monsters. Spiders are hairy and leggy, with pincers and many eyes, and they hunt and eat other creatures, trapping them in sticky webs. "If they were bigger," I've often said, "they would eat you."

My point is twofold: (1) Spiders are a great subject for a horror novel. And (2) I
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Matt and Chloe are looking forward to having their first baby but when Chloe starts putting on weight all over and having violent moodswings, Matt gets concerned. Her doctor admits that all the women in town are acting weird and he can do nothing to help them. The men around town are scared of their partners, who give birth to spider like creatures that eat human meat. The surviving men start finding each other and plan to flee to a safer place that they can defend against the spiders and ...more
Hannah M.
Oct 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Matt and Chloe live in a small town in the English countryside. It is there where they lived and loved, and prepared to bring a new life into the world. However, Chloe starts changing and it isnt regular pregnancy changes. When Matt realizes that Chloe is not the only woman acting strange he starts to worry, but even his girlfriends altered behavior and appearance doesnt prepare him for what comes next. In one sentence, spider-like parasites that use human women to breed and any human to feed ...more
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wasn't expecting much when I picked this up
to read but found it drawing me in quickly.
At first blush, I thought spiders--- really?

In short order I found myself letting go of all
the other preconceived notions of these eight
legged pests as real threats.

The atmosphere here was as thick and foreboding
as webs spun in some run down years abandoned
house. We all look for different things in reading
a book but this one wrapped me up in a neat little
cocoon and in no hurry to claw my way out anytime
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Sarah Pinborough is the NYT bestselling and Sunday Times #1 Bestselling author of 'Behind Her Eyes' which has sold in over 25 territories thus far and will be shown as a six part drama on Netflix in 2020 and the Sunday Times Bestseller, 'Cross Her Heart'. She has also written books across a variety of genres including the YA thriller 13 Minutes (in development with Netflix). Her next novel 'Dead ...more

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