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Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre (2020)

von Max Brooks

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I really enjoyed this! If you've read my other reviews you might know that I really enjoy these epistolary like novels that are written through documents and interviews and the like so this was a great book for me. I definitely didn't enjoy this as much as Brooks other book, World War Z, but I still enjoyed it. I don't think the social criticism in this book is quite as strong or clear as it is in World War Z but I do think it still gives readers a lot to think about.

The bulk of this book is a journal written by one of the characters, Katie which is also inter spliced with interviews and book passages. Though I did enjoy reading about all the characters and getting in Katie's head, this book is definitely more about their quest to survive and less about them as people. By the end of the book there is still a lot we don't know about the characters so be prepared for that. The details about other people are revealed slowly as they would in real life and I think it's done effectively but it does leave questions at the end.

World War Z is written in a sort of short story format but this book takes a much more unified approach. That means you get a less diverse set of viewpoints on the incident in this book. I didn't have a problem with this but I did at times want to know a bit more about what some of the other characters were thinking.

I think if you liked World War Z, you'll probably at least enjoy this book. I personally have no interest in reading about Bigfoot but like World War Z wasn't really> about zombies, this book isn't really about Sasquatch. ( )
  AKBouterse | Oct 14, 2021 |
Without trying to, I've caught Max Brooks on a few different talk shows and interviews where he has talked about national security subjects such as automation, weapons procurement, and cyber-warfare. I found him very well spoken, intelligent, and very entertaining to watch. Needless to say, I was very interested to read one of his books. I found the book met the same standards he set on his interviews.

The story is told from the journals of Kate Holland, a resident in a small, exclusive community in the Mount Rainier area. The volcano erupts and causes a disruption with the wildlife, specifically sasquatch comes down the mountain and into the town.

The story doesn't go in any weird directions or play tongue-in-cheek with the idea. It truly is what would happen if a natural disaster drove a semi-intelligent bipedal creature towards a remote small community. And what follows is pretty much what I would expect. As for the people of the town Greenloop, they are annoying. Everyone except for Mostar. Annoying in the "too woke" kind of way. The perfect example is the couple who adopt a girl from an underprivileged country and then call her Palomino as a placeholder for when she wants to choose her own name without realizing that by calling her Palomino they have already named her. People that I just want to roll my eyes and walk away from. At first, I was really annoyed by them, then I realized that Brooks did it on purpose to establish the type of community / town where they lived. Then my annoyance became praise because he did a really good job at it making them annoying. The setting was very easy to picture and something that I could see occur. If Bigfoot was real. I don't want to go down that path. Let's just say, that it is a very good book and I look forward to future books from him. ( )
  dagon12 | Aug 31, 2021 |
An exclusive state of the art community gets cut off from the rest of Washington state during a forest fire. All the money in the world means nothing when there’s no food, electricity or communication with the outside world. Now add a hungry band of carniverous bigfoots to the mix to see who rises to fight or cowers in fear. ( )
  kivarson | Aug 20, 2021 |
First, is there a way to make "to-read" be the default shelf instead of "read"? I keep finding books on my "read" shelf that I know good and well I haven't read yet! Ugh.

Anyway, I have NOT read this one yet but I have a World War Z paperback waiting for me in my bookcase so I might as well add this one to the list. First discovered via this review: http://howlingfrog.blogspot.com/2021/02/devolution.html
  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
This is perhaps the best audiobook I have ever listened to. Very well done. ( )
  Tosta | Jul 5, 2021 |
"Devolution" is an ambitious mishmash of individually interesting pieces. Not quite sharp enough for compelling satire, a little too sneering for effective horror, it will find plenty of readers among devotees of Brooks, but will be a miss for most general readers.
hinzugefügt von Lemeritus | bearbeitenUSA Today, Eliot Schrefer (Jun 16, 2020)
 
Civil society is always fragile. When it collapses under violent threat, its citizens inevitably reveal their truest selves.... The transformation of Greenloop and its members—especially Kate and her slacker husband, Dan—from self-doubting basket cases into formidable warriors transcends the notion of “evolution.” It’s terrifying. Brooks is not only dealing with the end of humanity; he’s also showing us our further course toward a new, ineluctable, absolute brutality.
hinzugefügt von Lemeritus | bearbeitenBookPage, Michael Alec Rose (Jun 16, 2020)
 
Piecing together the journal with interviews, transcripts, newspaper clippings, and historical documents, Brooks crafts a terrifying tale that reads like a “true” crime novel. Set in the very near future, with stellar worldbuilding, a claustrophobic atmosphere, an inclusive and fascinating cast of characters, and plenty of bloody action, this inventive story will keep readers’ heart rates high.
hinzugefügt von Lemeritus | bearbeitenLibrary Journal, Becky Spratford (Apr 1, 2020)
 
Brooks is a pro at building suspense even if it plays out in some rather spectacularly yucky episodes, one involving a short spear that takes its name from “the sucking sound of pulling it out of the dead man’s heart and lungs.” Grossness aside, it puts you right there on the scene.

A tasty, if not always tasteful, tale of supernatural mayhem that fans of King and Crichton alike will enjoy.
hinzugefügt von Lemeritus | bearbeitenKirkus Review (Feb 10, 2020)
 
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.
hinzugefügt von Lemeritus | bearbeitenPublishers Weekly (Dec 6, 2019)
 
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It’s great to live free of the other sheep until you hear the wolves howl.
You can’t blame the people in Greenloop for having their cupboards bare. The whole country rests on a system that sacrifices resilience for comfort.
“Need. That’s what makes a village. That’s what we are now, and what holds us together is need. I won’t help you if you don’t help me. That is the social contract.”
If we’d had a rash of sightings way back in, say, the ’40s and ’50s, when we were still a cohesive nation with shared beliefs, maybe there would have been enough traction to force the scientific community to act. And if they had, if they’d proven these creatures are as real as the gorilla or chimpanzee, icons like Dian Fossey or Jane Goodall might have built their careers studying the great apes of North America. The problem was that sightings peaked in the late ’60s, early ’70s, which was, coincidently, the dawn of public mistrust. We’re talking Vietnam, Watergate, “do your own thing” counterculture. Now, I’m not saying any of that was bad, especially in a democracy. You need a healthy degree of critical thinking. You need to question authority. But Bigfoot came along just as everyone started questioning everything, including academia. This was a time when university profs were getting hit from both sides; the right with their creationist agenda, and the left who’d suddenly realized the connection between science and war. The upshot was that already cautious PhDs got even more skittish about their grants and tenure.
"Believing the unbelievable.” She shook her head. “Like being warned that the country you’ve grown up in is about to collapse, that the friends and neighbors you’ve known your whole life are going to try to kill you…”
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