Review: Devolution by Max Brooks


Rating: ☆☆☆
Title: Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre
Author: Max Brooks
Genre: Science Fiction/Horror
Audience: Adult
Format: Audiobook
Narrators: Judy Greer, Jeff Daniels, Kai Ryssdal, Kate Mulgrew, Kimberly Guerrero, Max Brooks, Mira Furlan, Nathan Fillion, Steven Weber, and Terry Gross
Length: ~10 hours (320 pages)
Publisher: Del Rey Books, Penguin Random House Audio
Release Date: June 16, 2020
Source: ALC program
Recommended for Fans of: Jurassic Park


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 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.


I went into this with high expectations, but overall I thought it was just okay. It took me awhile to get used to the “found footage” storytelling format, and I’m not sure if the audio helped or hindered that, despite the all-star cast.

I struggled with the pacing. The beginning was too slow, describing the Greenloop’s technology, daily life, and isolation. I wish the book included more eyewitness accounts, because all the characters came off very bland from Kate’s POV. I thought the Bigfoot element should’ve been introduced earlier so we could’ve gotten more from them.

This was very entertaining once the action picked up, but it was also quite gruesome and gory. The conflict between the humans and the sasquatches created a very thoughtful juxtaposition between primitive and progress. You will probably like this book if you are a fan of sci-fi/horror and survival stories.

Thank you to the publisher and for the gifted ALC.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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