Devolution

Devolution : From the bestselling author of World War Z

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FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF WORLD WAR Z

'A visceral tale of survival horror' FINANCIAL TIMES
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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 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 beasts behind it, once thought legendary but now known to be terrifyingly real.

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.
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'A masterful blend of laugh-out-loud social satire and stuff-your-fist-in-your-mouth horror. One elevates the other, making the book, and its message, all the more relevant.' David Sedaris

'For any fan of Bigfoot or cryptozoology, it's a referential treat.' Guardian

'Drawing you in with likeable characters in a real-world situation, then smashing your trust to pieces like a giant ape crushing a skull with his bare hands. Devolution will make you think twice about booking that remote weekend getaway in the woods.' Sci-Fi Now, 5* review

'Devolution is one of the greatest horror novels I've ever read. The characters soar, the ideas sing, and it's all going to scare the living daylights out of you.' Blake Crouch, author of Dark Matter and Recursion

'Devolution is spell binding. It is a horror story about how anyone, especially those who think they are above it, can slowly devolve into primal, instinctual behaviour. I was gripped from the first page to the last!' Les Stroud, creator of Survivorman

'Devolution is by Max Brooks, who wrote the stone cold classic that is World War Z, so I will follow him pretty much anywhere. Few things are pleasanter to read when cosy in bed than utterly dreadful dystopian things happening to somebody else.' Jenny Colgan

'Grisly page-turner . . . Brooks' eye for rich characterisation, pointed social commentary and nail-chomping suspense is as sharp as ever' ****, Total Film

'Max Brooks has successfully made us scared to go into the woods today [...] It's this clever balancing act that makes Brooks and Devolution stand out - one moment the reader could be contemplating the struggles of modern society and the next we are scared witless [...] Drawing you in with likeable characters in a real-world situation [...] Devolution will make you think twice about booking that remote weekend getaway in the woods' SciFi Now

'From the feverish imagination behind World War Z comes a chilling narrative like no other, as the freshly discovered journals of a massacre survivor posit the horrifying suggestion of supernatural forces at work. Dark, gripping and visceral, Devolution is a unique journey into terror.' Waterstones

'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.' Live For Film

'Timely, terrifying, and utterly terrific.' SFX Magazine *****
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 162mm | 517g
  • CENTURY
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1529124093
  • 9781529124095
  • 11,775

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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' devoted fans and speculative fiction readers who enjoy tales of monsters.
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Devolution is spellbinding. It is a horror story about how anyone, especially those who think they are above it, can slowly devolve into primal, instinctual behaviour. I was gripped from the first page to the last! * Les Stroud, creator of Survivorman, filmmaker, and author * Another triumph from Max Brooks! . . . I can't wait until he turns every monster from childhood into an intelligent, entertaining page-turner * Stephen Chbosky, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Imaginary Friend and The Perks of Being a Wallflower * 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' devoted fans and speculative fiction readers who enjoy tales of monsters. * Publishers Weekly * Max Brooks has written the next great epistolary novel. Devolution is phenomenal * Josh Malerman, New York Times bestselling author of Bird Box * One of the greatest horror novels I've ever read. The characters soar, the ideas sing, and it's all going to scare the living daylights out of you * Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter *
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About Max Brooks

Max Brooks is an author, public speaker, and non-resident fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point. His bestselling books include Minecraft: The Island, The Zombie Survival Guide, and World War Z, which was adapted into a 2013 movie starring Brad Pitt. Max Brooks' graphic novels include The Extinction Parade, GI Joe: Hearts & Minds, and the #1 New York Times bestseller The Harlem Hellfighters.
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4,141 ratings
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4 39% (1,613)
3 18% (755)
2 6% (245)
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