> Skip to content
  • Published: 17 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9781529101423
  • Imprint: Del Rey
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $24.00

Devolution

From the bestselling author of World War Z




A terrifying cabin in the woods horror story for the 21st century, from king of survival horror Max Brooks, bestselling visionary author of World War Z.

FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF WORLD WAR Z
'TRUE TERROR' Guardian 'NAIL CHOMPING SUSPENSE' Total Film
______________________________________
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.
______________________________________
'Unputdownable' John Marrs, bestselling author of The One

'A bloody good read' Andrew Hunter-Murray, bestselling author of The Last Day

'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

'Dark, gripping and visceral, Devolution is a unique journey into terror.' Waterstones

'Another triumph from Max Brooks! . . . I can't wait until he turns every monster from childhood into an intelligent, entertaining page-turner' Stephen Chbosky, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of Imaginary Friend and The Perks of Being a Wallflower

'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

'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

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

'Delightful . . . A tale of supernatural mayhem that fans of King and Crichton alike will enjoy' Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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

  • Published: 17 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9781529101423
  • Imprint: Del Rey
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $24.00

About the author

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.

Also by Max Brooks

See all

Praise for Devolution

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 <i>Dark Matter </i>

Max Brooks has written the next great epistolary novel. Devolution is phenomenal

Josh Malerman, New York Times bestselling author of <i>Bird Box</i>

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

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 <i>Imaginary Friend</i> and <i>The Perks of Being a Wallflower</i>

Delightful . . . A tale of supernatural mayhem that fans of King and Crichton alike will enjoy

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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

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, New York Times bestselling author of Calypso

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

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

Total Film

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

Timely, terrifying, and utterly terrific.

SFX Magazine *****

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

This survival-horror from bestselling World War Z author [...] is a scary and unnerving epistolary novel that explores the boundaries between truth and fiction.

CultureFly

'Tense and exciting [...] You'll enjoy believing

Evening Standard

A bloody good read

Andrew Hunter Murray, bestselling author of The Last Day

Unputdownable

John Marrs, bestselling author of The One

Thrilling and terrifyingly prescient. I love Max Brooks!

Jenny Colgan, bestselling novelist and journalist

Related titles