• Rachel Penate

Devolution by Max Brooks



★★★★.5


SUMMARY: "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 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." (Adopted from Goodreads)


REVIEW: What do you get when you cross the plot of Planet of the Apes with the setting of the Donner Party? Yup. I said it: DEVOLUTION. The beauty of the Libro.fm ALC program is that you never know what you're going to get. AND welp, DID NOT know I was going to get this book... this freaking weird and entertaining book.

DEVOLUTION was a straight-up interesting, fast-paced, well-researched, and character-developed story. It had all the intrigue of mystery, but still maintained the integrity of history and science. Honestly, this book was impressive and a serious ride.


As a story, I'm impressed by Brooks ability to weave every element together into a believable premise. As an audiobook, I'm thrilled to have encountered this beauty. Supported by a full cast (including Judy Greer and Nathan Fillion - two of my faves), this audiobook is one of the best produced I've ever listened to. Well done, Penguin Random Audio, WELL DONE!


FOR THOSE SENSITIVE TO: graphic violence, I'd caution reading this one; some of the scenes are quite graphic.


BUT, FOR THOSE WHO LOVE: science, conspiracy theories, and the PNW, this book is definitely for you!!

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