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Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  24,145 ratings  ·  3,699 reviews
The #1 bestselling author of World War Z takes on the Bigfoot legend with a tale that blurs the lines between human and beast--and asks what we are capable of in the face of the unimaginable.

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.

But the journals of
Hardcover, 286 pages
Published June 16th 2020 by Del Rey Books
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the worst choice of book to read when you’re quarantined, nervous, anxious, taking your most emotional support from great booze and stocked toilet papers (I’m cuddling them, that’s why people buy them so much, right? They are like white shapeless teddy bears and I recently tried them in a recipe: just mix them with almond milk, marshmallow and chocolate chips: my husband told me that was the best food I’ve ever fixed in my entire life)

Anyways, this is frightening, action packed, ominous
Will Byrnes
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I found a way, I found a way to survive with them. Am I a great person? I don’t know. I don’t know. We’re all great people. Everyone has something in them that is wonderful. I’m just different and I love these bears enough to do it right. I’m edgy enough and I’m tough enough. But mostly I love these bears enough to survive and do it right. – from the video diary of Timothy Treadwell, self-proclaimed “Grizzly Man,” recorded right before he was eaten by a bear
On April 1, 1969 the Board of Commis
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
My thanks to Random House/Ballantine/Del Ray. Whew! That's a mouthful! Also, Netgalley, and the often brilliant Max Brooks!
I tried not to read this book! I knew I'd love it, so I thought I'd just save it for a month or two. Impossible!
The Squatch? I don't believe, but if I did I wouldn't be living here in Montana! Nope. I'd love in a high rise in some awful city!
This story worked for me. It wasn't really scary, much! But, I don't like monkeys, orangutans chimps, etc. I think they are flea infes
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Despite the horror framework, the real strength of this book is not in the monsters, but in the character development. Bet you weren't expecting that. When you first meet Kate Holland she's a neurotic mess and her voice is annoying enough that if I hadn't known people were going to die excitingly awful deaths sometime soon, I might have put the book down. But it takes very little time for her to get you on side. Her and her husband are the last to arrive at their new home in a super high tech ve ...more
2.5 to 3 stars

As I loved World War Z, I was excited to read another one by Max Brooks. Since I had high expectations, I suppose I needed a big payoff to consider this a success. Unfortunately, I didn't get one.

While the format was a bit like World War Z - interviews post tragic event - this one more focused on one specific event. Basically, Mt. Rainier erupts and Bigfoot attacks (I don't feel like I need to mark that sentence as a spoiler as that is in several book summaries I read - so it shoul
One word: SASQUATCH. I'm in!!

When a small group of environmentally conscious folk move into a "smart-community" (named Greenloop), in the Pacific northwest, everything seems to be just perfect. They are off the grid, groceries are flown in via drone, and they are self sufficient...until nearby Mount Rainier erupts. All of a sudden it becomes painfully clear that they are not capable of surviving very long without internet access, (can't order up those grocery drones now), and with the roads wipe
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
oooh, goodreads choice awards finalist for best horror 2020! what will happen?


when oregon’s mt. rainier erupts after having lain dormant since 1894, chaos ensues as waves of lava and walls of fire engulf the volcano’s surrounding cities. meanwhile, far from the frenzy of damage control and rescue operations, a different kind of drama is unfolding unobserved, as the eruption causes the local wildlife to flee to safety. these furry/feathery refugees include birds and s
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, 2020
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars!

Was I entertained? Yes!
Were the characters annoying? Hell yes!
Everyone except Mostar. She was the rational and sane one of the bunch.

But I think that was the point.
You see how a bunch of soft, city folks have to come to grips with living in the woods.
Even though that's what they signed up for, they were technically not "living in the woods". They had the scenery to look at but they didn't have the fortitude or mentality to living in nature and knowing nature is
Jan 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
Oh dear. I loved World War Z, and waited so long for a follow up, but this has none of its predecessor's cleverness or spark. Not because "Bigfoot attack" is inherently a dumber concept that "worldwide zombie plague" -- both are pretty goofy, and in WWZ, the seriousness with which Brooks tackles the silly setup is a large part of the charm. But here the mechanics fail him.

Devolution is told (for the most part) as a found diary, which is simply not a good format for an action/suspense story. Not
Jeffrey Keeten
”Those poor bastards didn’t want a rural life. They expected an urban life in a rural setting. They tried to adapt their environment instead of adapting to it. And I really can sympathize. Who doesn’t want to break from the herd? I get why you’d want to keep the comforts of city life while leaving the city behind. Crowds, crime, filth, noise. Even in the burbs. So many rules, neighbors all up in your business. It’s kind of a catch-22, especially in the United States, a society that values freedo ...more
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, from-library
It’s great to live free of the other sheep until you hear the wolves howl.
They all want to live in harmony with nature before some of them realize, too late, that nature is anything but harmonious.
Bigfoot’s as American as apple pie and guns in schools.

After writing a book as successful (and now sadly relevant) as World War Z, there was little chance that Mr. Brooks’ follow-up novel would not be held up in comparison. But that is especially true given that this book is written in a rather
Devolution tackles the legend of Bigfoot...

...told through a set of found journals, as well as an original investigation.

Apparently, this is all I have ever wanted in a book and more.

Max Brooks, you may now retire.
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
World War Z was the first book ever to literally make my heart pound inside my chest. So, yes, I am very excited for this

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Sonja Arlow
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
I have to start my review by mentioning just how much I loved World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, it took the overdone zombie theme and made it into a unique reading experience. Some of the military sections felt extremely authentic because the author took inspiration from a collection of thousands of interview excerpts from participants in WWII.

I highly recommend that book even if you think you won’t like a zombie book.

This one however was not in the same category.

I think the setup
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC received in exchange for an honest review 🦍

In the wake of a volcanic eruption, an isolated village becomes the hunting ground of the legendary Big Foot. Told through journal entries and interviews, we explore the last few weeks leading up to the Greenloop massacre and its horrifying conclusion.

Coming from Max Brooks, writer of World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, I knew this would be an interesting read. And it certainly is. This feels very much like a modern day horror story. A s
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Max Brooks, the creative mind behind World War Z, returns to horror with another epistolary-style novel, this time taking us deep into the forests of the pacific northwest where an unfortunate group of neighbors have a deadly encounter with Bigfoot. The story is presented to us in the form of a series of documents collected by a journalist writing a book on the incident, but most of it is made up of entries from the diary
Having read and enjoyed World War Z by Max Brooks, and recently another book about Sasquatch sightings and a search for a living creature(Roanoake Ridge), I was looking forward to Max Brooks's Devolution. I had difficulty with the structure of this book. It is written in the format of epistolary fiction. It is composed of excerpts from Kate's journal. She is a resident of a wilderness settlement. The book also includes selections from articles on primate behaviour, discussion of primitive weapon ...more
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.5 Stars
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While this novel has some clear similarities to his previous novel, Devolution really stands on it's on as a fresh new horror story. World War Z was primarily focused on the large scale political ramifications of a zombie outbreak, while this one was much more of an intimate story, focused primarily around a small group of characters.

I read this as an audiobook which certainly coloured my overall reading experience.In many ways, thi
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will say that I have read only two other books by this author but World War Z is still my favourite zombie book of all times and the Zombie Survival Guide was epic! So this had big shoes to fill. Did it manage? Not quite. Do I still recommend this? Heck, yeah!

Much like in WWZ, this is a report in retrospect about events in the past. Thus, we listen to interviews and diary entries and newspaper articles, recordings from blackboxes etc.
Mainly, we follow several people who are basically modern h
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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3.5 Stars

I thought this was gonna be about something else . . . .

Is anyone here even old enough to get that? Oh wait, Ron’s still around, right?

Here’s the deal, I’m rounding this up but I’m pretty sure it’s only because (1) I’m drunk in the Christmas spirit and (2) I’m somehow managing to forget all of the boring bits where . . . .

And am simply remembering all the feces (or rocks, as the case may be) throwing good times from m
Truth they say can often be stranger than fiction. And perhaps that is just the case with Devolution, a ”true” account of life in the woods and a rather fatal encounter with the Sasquatch.

Told through a series of journal entries spliced together with interviews and news reports, we learn the shocking and harrowing story of how Kate and a handful of people made an intentional community on the slopes of Mt. Rainier and built solar panels and compost piles and lived at one with nature away from th
Claude's Bookzone
3.5 Stars

CW: Gore

Well, although I wasn't scared that was still an enjoyable experience!

Max Brooks books are exactly that, experiences. I listened to this as an audiobook so the characters felt real and engaging. It helped that Nathan Fillion was part of the cast! Yes, I am a Firefly and Castle fan. Readers should know there is a lot of build up before the action, or even the tension, really begins. The setting is an isolated eco-community and Brooks introduces us the characters and the dynamics
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, horror
Many thanks to NetGalley & Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine for providing me this eARC, in exchange for an honest review.

After a volcanic eruption at Mt. Rainier unleashes a horde of Bigfoots (what’s the pluralization?— Sasquatches? Sasquatchi?) onto a biotech-green community, a fight for survival ensues with (wo)man vs. squatch.

I dig this sort of story: a sci-fi/horror journalistic piece investigating something supernatural. We have Max Brooks, the journalist (and author), again givin
Jul 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Max Brooks, the writer of World War Z, has finally written another novel. (Yes, I know he wrote several graphic novels in the meantime.) This time instead of zombies, he recounts a Sasquatch attack on a remote community. Greenloop is designed as the ultimate in high tech, return to nature living. When Mount Ranier erupts, the small community is completely cutoff. Turns out those high tech gurus didn't actually think of everything. (Hell, no one even owns a hammer.) The lava eventually drives a t ...more
Jun 24, 2020 rated it liked it
At present, I have no physical evidence to validate the story you are about to read. Maybe I've been duped by Frank McCray, or maybe we've both been duped by Josephine Schell. I will let you, the reader, judge for yourself if the following pages seem reasonably plausible, and like me, if they reawaken a terror long buried under the bed of youth.

I've read one other book by Max Brooks prior to this one (did you know he is the son of the famous Hollywood star Mel Brooks? the more you know...), Worl
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, sci-fi, 2020-shelf
I suppose there are a good handful of ways of looking at this book, all told, but the one idea that really sticks to me is the idea of a B-level survival horror flick. It has all the most delicious elements of the genre -- such as hapless idiots getting in way over their heads followed by various successess and setbacks before things get really nasty.

Standard stuff, no? For that type of book. And we get the requisite battle, to boot. Or should I say, to foot. Big foot.

But then, there's the total
3.5 stars.

I'm not a Sci-fi/horror reader so take this review with a grain of salt. I found out about this title in May when it was a possible BOTM pick and was intrigued by the summary. If you're wondering what the best format is to consume this story? I would definitely say the audiobook. I'm not sure reading journal entries and interviews would garner the same effect. 5 stars to the audio. I love Judy Greer (who narrated Kate whose journal is the one discovered that we are reading/listening to
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dan took off his hiking boot. He wears a size 11. He took off his sock as well, and placed his bare foot right next to the print. The toes matched, the overall shape. But the size. That's impossible. It must have been a trick of the ash, or maybe the way it was planted.
Nothing could have such a big foot.

Famous last words, as they say, because it just so happens that there is a mythical creature out there with such a big foot... if only I could remember the name. But what I won't forget so easily
Liz Barnsley
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this.

A one sitting read and straight onto my favourite books list, Devolution tells the tale of volcanic eruption, chaos and confusion, whilst one woman and her community face a fight of an entirely different kind…

Told via diary entries, interviews and news reports, Devolution is a highly addictive, totally involving tale that harks back to the fears of our childhood, the monsters that roam just beyond our vision, that in this book become horrifyingly real. The characters are pitch perfe
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars-2020
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Max Brooks is The New York Times bestselling author of The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z. He has been called ”the Studs Terkel of zombie journalism.“

Brooks is the son of director Mel Brooks and the late actress Anne Bancroft. He is a 1994 graduate of Pitzer College. His wife, Michelle, is a screenwriter, and the couple have a son, Henry.

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