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Devolution: Thriller av Max Brooks

Devolution: Thriller (urspr publ 2020; utgåvan 2020)

av Max Brooks (Författare)

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Titel:Devolution: Thriller
Författare:Max Brooks (Författare)
Info:Goldmann Verlag (2020)
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek


Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre av Max Brooks (2020)


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  booklover3258 | Mar 2, 2021 |
Make no mistake, this is a horror novel!

Yes, it's bigfoot themed, and yes there are a lot of silly bigfoot movies out there -- none of which have ever been scary in my opinion -- but Max Brooks' Devolution delivers the thrills and chills you would expect from a good Stephen King novel. The story is told through the pages of a journal that was found at the site of "the massacre," interspersed with transcripts of after-the-fact interviews. This is no spoiler, because it is in the title of the book. And the title tells us that SOMETHING horrible is going to happen to our little group of characters, cut off from society by a volcanic eruption of Mt. Rainier. Brooks masterfully builds the suspense as the story of why this group has come to the woods, how and why they have chosen to live the way they do, and how they slowly come to grips with the challenges of their predicament. At it's best, there are some truly terrifying moments in Devolution. Brooks does not hold back in his descriptions and I say BRAVO! It felt good to be scared of bigfoot again! This book has no "slow" chapters. It moves at a lightning pace and is just enjoyable from beginning to end. I give it 4 out of 5 stars! ( )
  Randy_Foster | Feb 13, 2021 |
Where World War Z covered the actions of the whole globe, Devolution took a decidedly smaller-scale approach. The story focuses on a high tech, eco friendly "back to nature" commune in Washington state. Each of the characters is introduced with some type of flaw apparent or hinted at. Those cracks in the veneer grow (or contract) as the story unfolds. But just as WWZ was not a book about zombies (or wasn't ONLY about zombies), Devolution isn't ONLY about Sasquatch. Brook's writing is a somewhat veiled social commentary on society.

I think fans of WWZ need to be warned, this book is a slow burn. I struggled to get past the first few chapters. I found I did not like most of the characters. But as the story developed, it really started to blaze. I spoke to a friend about this and he had abandoned the book by chapter 3. I told him to give it to the end of chapter 5 (I was a few chapters beyond that by then). Over the course of the next two days, we corresponded about the story as he caught up to new plateaus. The ending in particular created a lengthy discussion about the story, about the title, about society. I don't hold it to the same level as WWZ...I think that book was brilliant. But I think regardless of whether this is your intro to Brooks or another visit, I highly recommend.

4 stars ( )
  Sean191 | Feb 3, 2021 |
Read this for my book group. I thought it might be a little weird and hokey, but, honestly, I really enjoyed it. It was a bit slow at points. I wanted the narrator to get to the point, but I think the author did it purposefully to show that she had a hard time with anxiety, decision making, etc. She was too easily stuck in her comfort zone. I love the Mostar character, she's fiesty and fierce and loving. Honestly, the whole ensemble is really well developed. The ending was in some ways predictable, but also there were elements that were unpredictable. I think this is a good, quick read for someone looking for a short adventure to the PNW.

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  battlearmanda | Feb 1, 2021 |
Well, I read this is about a day and a night. A small, technology-based commune is living the good life out in the wilderness of Washington state when Mt. Rainier erupts, cutting them off from civilization and unprepared to survive. Then, as the wildlife flees from the eruption, something discovers their community--something that has long lived in the woods undiscovered. This is a fun, exciting monster story cinematically told, with a narrator you can root for and some interesting underlying themes about humanity's relationship to nature and our propensity to "devolve" when the chips go down. I would really love to see Brooks explore those themes more in a future book. Recommended if you're looking for a page turner. ( )
  sturlington | Jan 14, 2021 |
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"Devolution" is an ambitious mishmash of individually interesting pieces. Not quite sharp enough for compelling satire, a little too sneering for effective horror, it will find plenty of readers among devotees of Brooks, but will be a miss for most general readers.
tillagd av Lemeritus | ändraUSA Today, Eliot Schrefer (Jun 16, 2020)
Civil society is always fragile. When it collapses under violent threat, its citizens inevitably reveal their truest selves.... The transformation of Greenloop and its members—especially Kate and her slacker husband, Dan—from self-doubting basket cases into formidable warriors transcends the notion of “evolution.” It’s terrifying. Brooks is not only dealing with the end of humanity; he’s also showing us our further course toward a new, ineluctable, absolute brutality.
tillagd av Lemeritus | ändraBookPage, Michael Alec Rose (Jun 16, 2020)
Piecing together the journal with interviews, transcripts, newspaper clippings, and historical documents, Brooks crafts a terrifying tale that reads like a “true” crime novel. Set in the very near future, with stellar worldbuilding, a claustrophobic atmosphere, an inclusive and fascinating cast of characters, and plenty of bloody action, this inventive story will keep readers’ heart rates high.
Brooks is a pro at building suspense even if it plays out in some rather spectacularly yucky episodes, one involving a short spear that takes its name from “the sucking sound of pulling it out of the dead man’s heart and lungs.” Grossness aside, it puts you right there on the scene.

A tasty, if not always tasteful, tale of supernatural mayhem that fans of King and Crichton alike will enjoy.
tillagd av Lemeritus | ändraKirkus Review (Feb 10, 2020)
Brooks creates vivid landscapes and has a gift for shifting focus in an instant, turning lovely nature scenes suddenly menacing. 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’s devoted fans and speculative fiction readers who enjoy tales of monsters.
tillagd av Lemeritus | ändraPublishers Weekly (Dec 6, 2019)
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It’s great to live free of the other sheep until you hear the wolves howl.
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“Need. That’s what makes a village. That’s what we are now, and what holds us together is need. I won’t help you if you don’t help me. That is the social contract.”
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"Believing the unbelievable.” She shook her head. “Like being warned that the country you’ve grown up in is about to collapse, that the friends and neighbors you’ve known your whole life are going to try to kill you…”
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