Devolution - Max Brooks


By Max Brooks

  • Release Date: 2020-06-16
  • Genre: Horror
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 461 Ratings)


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).

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)


  • Misleading

    By lori12lee
    This book is fiction but the summary makes it sound like nonfiction.
  • Loved Devolution

    By AtomicCoug
    Can’t wait for more…and the movie.
  • Worth the read!

    By dsiduousaardvrk
    Lately, I’ve been really taken by first-person narrative books like this. Each journal entry gives you just enough to keep reading as you piece the story together. This was a great story - not too far-fetched. Will definitely having me listening to my surroundings more closely next time I go camping!
  • Loved it

    By Bigmur32
    Great read!
  • Just Picked Up Paperback Copy!!

    By Clint Munn
    Loved it so much had to go Buy a copy of Devolution wish I wouldn’t grabbed the Hardback copy of it now instead of the First Print Paperback I purchased! Well either way Max Brooks did it again what a magnificent Writer/Creator he is would dream of having a Signed Hardcover copy of this along with the legendary World War Z in Signed Hardcover. Max you likely will not see this maybe someone will see it an show you who knows my life’s been rough I have been dealt a rough hand my friend. You are so awesome like the other Authors I mention below but if you do somehow my names Clint Munn I go by the nickname (ProGrizzly) you can find me on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter. Why should you reach out to me well Max it’s cause I’m Disabled with Muscular Dystrophy (Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 3) to be exact which there is no cure I just slowly overtime become weaker an weaker. I’ll be honest I never liked reading back in school but as my disease progressed I learned how to do new things an enjoy them. It is a Dream of mine to meet some of the Authors I look up to so greatly like yourself an why not I’ll mention some of my favorites: Stephen King, Joe Hill, Don Winslow, Robert Kirkmen, Brad Thor, C.J. Box & Craig Johnson!! I hope to hear back from some of y’all at least specially you that would be memorable this Pandemic has been hard on me not being able to go out much an I need some new books to read! Keep the interesting awesome writing coming please… Sincerely, Clint Munn (@ProGrizzly)
  • Good read

    By OHairyHood
    Captivating and entertaining
  • Can’t stand Bigfoot, but loved this book

    By Satanicpuppy
    Well-crafted and suspenseful. Starts slow, but builds nicely.
  • Slow burn, massive explosion.

    By 858449964368
    I started Devolution because of my love of Brooks’ other work. As with how he wrote World War Z, Brooks builds up plenty of foreshadowing. Something new is his character building. At first the pseudo-hippy “new green” community members are almost all awful but they (mostly) develop into likable people. Other reviews have said this book is over the top with gore and violence but if you’re already a fan of horror and Brooks this one won’t phase you. My only objection is the “found journal” format of the bulk of the story, a single narrator for the meat of the book left me needing more.
  • Great book

    By Cassieort
    Very well written. Only took a star because I’m not really into this type fiction. I had to listen with it being about Bigfoot. It surpassed my expectation with a more logical approach and great character growth. But as my library is mostly fantasy, romance, and historical fiction it still was an adjustment for me. I am not at all disappointed about buying this novel, it kept me listening and was great storytelling.
  • Literally couldn’t put it down

    By IamTheWonderpony
    I loved World War Z so I was excited to read this. Slow to start, but once it snowballed I couldn’t put it down. Absolutely fantastic book!