The #1 New York Times bestselling author of World War Z is back with “the Bigfoot thriller you didn’t know you needed in your life, and one of the greatest horror novels I’ve ever read” (Blake Crouch, author of Dark Matter and Recursion).
As the ash and chaos from Mount Rainier’s eruption swirled and finally settled, the story of the Greenloop massacre has passed unnoticed, unexamined . . . until now. The journals of resident Kate Holland, recovered from the town’s bloody wreckage, capture a tale too harrowing—and too earth-shattering in its implications—to be forgotten. In these pages, Max Brooks brings Kate’s extraordinary account to light for the first time, faithfully reproducing her words alongside his own extensive investigations into the massacre and the legendary beasts behind it. Kate’s is a tale of unexpected strength and resilience, of humanity’s defiance in the face of a terrible predator’s gaze, and, inevitably, of savagery and death.
Yet it is also far more than that.
Because if what Kate Holland saw in those days is real, then we must accept the impossible. We must accept that the creature known as Bigfoot walks among us—and that it is a beast of terrible strength and ferocity.
Part survival narrative, part bloody horror tale, part scientific journey into the boundaries between truth and fiction, this is a Bigfoot story as only Max Brooks could chronicle it—and like none you’ve ever read before.
Praise for Devolution
“Delightful . . . [A] tale of supernatural mayhem that fans of King and Crichton alike will enjoy.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The story is told in such a compelling manner that horror fans will want to believe and, perhaps, take the warning to heart.”—Booklist (starred review)
Judy Greer as Kate Holland
Nathan Fillion as Frank McCray
Kimberly Guerrero as Josephine Schell
Jeff Daniels as Steve Morgan
Mira Furlan as Mostar
Kate Mulgrew as Hannah Reinhardt-Roth
Steven Weber as Tony Durant
Terry Gross and Kai Ryssdal as themselves
Max Brooks as the researcher
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Fearless investigator Max Brooks—the fictional character that the best-selling author of World War Z named after himself—returns for another entertaining session of horror. After Washington’s Mount Rainier erupts, the sustainable eco-village of Greenloop is cut off from the rest of the world, but when authorities finally reach the small town, they discover that someone—or something—has brutally killed all its residents. Using the recovered journals of Greenloop resident Kate Holland, Brooks pieces together the likely culprit: a bloodthirsty Bigfoot long thought to be legend. Listening to Brooks’ bone-chilling descriptions of the beast—and humans’ fear of it—ignited our fight-or-flight instincts. And a stellar cast of narrators including Judy Greer, Jeff Daniels, and NPR legend Terry Gross drew us deep into the intimate kind of horror that Brooks discovers in every diary entry, found note, and harrowing interview. Devolution is a terrifying listening experience with a subtle satiric edge. It made us seriously rethink what it means to live “in harmony” with nature.