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“Devolution” by Max Brooks

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Max Brooks
Published: 2020
Genre: Horror, Fiction, Science Fiction

“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. 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.”

You might be more familiar with Max Brooks’ World War Z; but in my opinion this book deserves just as much attention. Similar to World war Z this book separates the reader from the action with “found footage” (or found writings I suppose) but that doesn’t make it any less suspenseful and horrifying. This book was much gorier than I expected and does not hold anything back. It hits so many frightening points, whether it’s natural disasters, isolation, violence, or being stalked; this story has so many chances to get under your skin.