NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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).
FINALIST FOR THE LOCUS AWARD
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 (starred review)
“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)
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Fearless investigator Max Brooks—the fictional character that the best-selling author of World War Z named after himself—returns to find the answers behind a brand-new horror. After a volcanic eruption of Washington’s Mount Rainier, the sustainable eco-village of Greenloop is cut off from the rest of the world. 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 a legend. Brooks’ descriptions of the beast—and humans’ fear of it—ignited our fight-or-flight instincts at every turn. Devolution is a brilliant and original horror tale with a satiric edge. It made us seriously rethink what it means to live “in harmony” with nature.
Brooks (World War Z) spins a substantial and suspenseful case for the existence of Bigfoot in this thriller, told via diary entries, news transcripts, and Brooks's own research. Kate Holland hopes to boost her failing marriage by moving to the small, sustainable community of Greenloop deep in the middle of nowhere, Washington State. When nearby Mount Rainier erupts, the disaster cuts off Greenloop from the rest of civilization. The community's hopes of survival hinge on Mostar, a mysterious resident with impressive survival skills. Trapped with the people are incredibly strong, primordial Sasquatches. The hungry creatures know how to use the land to their advantage and have no intention of sharing with the humans. Brooks creates vivid landscapes and has a gift for shifting focus in an instant, turning lovely nature scenes suddenly menacing. Brooks packs his plot with action, information, and atmosphere, and captures both the foibles and the heroism of his characters. This slow-burning page-turner will appeal to Brooks's devoted fans and speculative fiction readers who enjoy tales of monsters.
Good Bigfoot novel
The book was pretty good at showing what a Bigfoot attack could happen
Captivating and entertaining
captivating and a great take
Just finished the book and it was great. Did not expect the idea of big foot to be expanded in this manner. I had no expectation on the story so when it ended, it was all unexpected. Highly reccomend.