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Devolution by Max Brooks


Max Brooks

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Imprint: Century
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publication date: 16 Jun 2020
ISBN: 9781529124095
4 stars out of 5
James Lovegrove
8 May 2020

"a visceral tale of survival horror that takes some neat sideswipes at the paradoxes and pretensions of American liberalism"

His new novel Devolution (Century, RRP£12.99), adopts a similar reportage approach — journal entries, transcripts of interviews, excerpts from books — but its apocalypse is confined to a small eco-community deep in the forests of rural Washington State. Greenloop, home to a handful of artists, tech entrepreneurs and the like, is an attempt to live in harmony with nature. Nature, however, seems to have no desire to harmonise with humans. First, the residents are cut off from the rest of the world when nearby Mount Rainier, an active volcano, erupts. Then they are besieged by a troop of marauding, bloodthirsty Bigfoot.